I’m planning on doing my first attempt at stand up pretty soon. I’ve been writing a whole lot and looking forward to (hopefully) making people laugh. I haven’t listened to that much stand up and I think that’s helpful so I can develop my own style and material. I had written down what I thought was a pretty funny bit and was pretty proud of myself, but then last night I watched some Patrice O’Neil and found him saying basically the same thing I was thinking. I had a genuinely original thought only to find that someone else has had the same original thought first. Is there some sort of ethic to dealing with that? Do I just avoid the joke even though I feel like it was original.