Transcript: Hey, That's My Joke!
From Harvard to Hollywood, Rob Long on why it's so hard to come by original material
This is Rob Long with Martini Shot for The Ankler.
Once, a friend of mine emailed me to relay a few snippets of dialogue and some storylines from a popular television comedy.
“Isn't this your material?” he asked, and, you know, it was my material. Not entirely verbatim, of course.
It was cribbed from a television series I wrote a few years ago, but the similarity was pretty unmistakable and my friend had the standard Hollywood advice which was “sue them.”
My friend, I don't need to point out, is a lawyer who specializes in litigation.