I caught Franchesca Ramsey rationalize Amy Schumer’s joke stealing a while ago and it’s been bugging me ever since. She steals jokes but she works her ass off, so she’s absolved? You’re a champion against the corruption of civil rights but this form of corruption is fine as long as you work really hard to get that material that doesn’t belong to you out to the masses via touring? Sorry honey, but as someone who speaks from experience, joke stealing is joke stealing.
I actually had a comedian comment on a Myspace blog post that they were going to use a quip of mine or a joke I cracked in their material. I made a joke at the expense of Idubbbztv and watched it get stolen via Reddit an hour after I tweeted it.
I don’t really get a lot of copy cats when it comes to my material, probably because of the fact that I’m not afraid to confront anyone who steals my work. I haven’t been blogging for 20+ years and done all of the other forms of writing I have submitted out into the universe just to have my craft hijacked. I am not even the fastest quipster out there anyway. I’m the quiet girl at a party who hardly interacts then winds up making a crack, a comment or a clap back loud enough for someone to hear it and start laughing. I am no stand up comic. I just like to interject comedy into my every day life because I genuinely like to make people laugh (when I’m in a good mood that is). You kind of have to put me under serveillance in order to catch something really funny from me. People with short attention spans normally get tired of me.
I take it in stride. I can always make new friends and aquaintances wherever I go. I just don’t appreciate getting ripped off as I go.
I’m not normally into Opie and Anthony knock-offs, but I have been watching this channel called “Revenge of the Cis”. I have dealt with guys like this, big mouths who have the perfect faces for radio, but that doesn’t mean I want them to shut up. I call myself and other women “bitches” (mostly myself more than anything) a lot so I don’t really have the right to get offended about that. I get annoyed with guys who can dish it out to females but act butthurt when a woman can clap back. They have to be able to make fun of themselves just as much as they make fun of other people. This show has guys who aren’t above making fun of each other, so it’s a lot easier to deal with than a lot of other guys I have seen on Youtube or just guys trying to be influencers or internet famous in general. I also love anybody in general who isn’t scared to call out someone else as a joke thief. Lord knows I have dealt with my fare share of people using my material or premises.
As long as a guy doesn’t cry about the fact that I’m a ball buster, I don’t really have much of a problem with them. There are a lot of thin-skinned edge lords out there, unfortunately. Apparently it can be emasculating for a guy to deal with a woman who can bust his balls effectively. There is even more butthurt if the ball busting happens in front of other guys. It doesn’t worry me much. I have enough guy friends who are not hypocrites when it comes to the banter, so I just mostly sit back and watch and/or listen a guy wants to play the “women are inferior” card when it comes to comedy.