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  • Writer's pictureCarl Charlesworth

The Comedy Chronicles: When Keyboard Warriors Clash with Original Jokes

I recently made a video and decided to throw in a joke from my stand-up routine a few years back. Cue the uproar! Loads (by loads, I mean a couple) of vigilant souls out of the 45,000 viewers felt the need to cry out, "Don't steal jokes!" and "Heard this before, not yours."

Ah, the internet, where everyone's a detective and every joke is a potential crime scene

Now, I have to admit, hate comments on my videos have never bothered me. In fact, I appreciate them. Controversial jokes tend to stir the pot and bring in both the lovers and haters. More comments mean more shares, more views, more exposure, and maybe even more bookings for me. So, keep 'em coming!

But here's the kicker: I have a profound disdain for the chronically clueless (stupid people). So, whether this explanation reaches the masses or merely serves as a therapeutic outlet for my frustration, it's happening

Let's address the keyboard warriors / trolls / internet tough guys / pests:

I'm well aware that some comedians (or their writers) shamelessly lift jokes from other comics' sets. You know, like that whole James Corden and Ricky Gervais "I don't like guitar lessons" debacle. But let me set the record straight—I'm not in the business of joke thievery. I much prefer concocting my own comedic tales..

I've gone through 43 years of this crazy ass game we call life, which is a lengthily enough time to be able to write stories off the back of it and use it in my stand up shows! *Don't cry for me

In the vast realm of comedy, millions of comedians are telling millions of jokes. It's practically a statistical certainty that some jokes will bear a striking resemblance to others. F*ck me sideways, sometimes they're identical. When these jokes pop up in a video, you can bet your ass that some keyboard crusader will don their armor and proclaim, "You stole this!"

But hold on a second, how do they know? What if the person they're watching right now actually said it first, and the poor comedian they originally heard it from was the copycat? No, no, that can't be right. Because our hater here saw the copycat before the originator of the joke, they get all excited and start wailing, "Wah wah 😩 that's not your joke, boo f'kin hoo"!

And there you have it, the absurd world of internet comedy policing, where originality and parallel thinking collide in a chaotic comedy mosh pit. So, dear keyboard warriors, let's all take a collective breath and remember, laughter is meant to be shared, not hoarded. After all, we could all use a little more humor in our lives, even if it comes in duplicate

Calm yourselves and think before you blurt

On that note; keep an eye on my webpage for my public gigs:

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