Met a weird guy at open mike. (not the first time that’s been said, I’m sure). THEN he came up to me at ** and ask if I’d be in his webseries and then asked me if I wanted any material that he had “acquired”. I said… “don’t say acquired, it sounds like you stole it.” him, “Oh, I did.” NOT OKAY… I…
Jackie, do not feel bad for this person.
This anomaly in the comedy world not only steals jokes, but openly admits to it as if it’s an OK thing to do. They’re also the type of person that probably blackmails their way into audition for Last Comic Standing, Live at Gotham, or a major comedy club and, again, thinks all of that is OK. At an open mic, this is the type of person that shouldn’t be talking to anybody, much less pitching projects or giving advice because elsewhere they have the type of reputation of an artistic leper that everyone absolutely stays away from (and reputation travels pretty damn fast; just ask Jason Garrett).
The worst part about people like this is that they have been in comedy for almost too long. They should know better. In the years they’ve worked through in comedy, they should know how hard it is to come up with and hone a comedy act. Yet, whether or not they acknowledge the tribulations of taking a path as a comedic performer that often has no distinct direction, they stick to their philosophy of “whatever it takes” to reach a goal that they, hopefully, never attain.
So, once again, do not feel bad, Jackie. Do not feel bad at all.