April 6, 2015

Creative product and output is under assault these days, mostly because the information age allows for anyone to take anything and call it their own. I’m not complaining – it’s part of the business. So when I post a line, let’s say this one, on Twitter:

“The New York Times has a new Men’s Style section. It’s tough to find because it’s about the same size as a NY Times subscription card.”

And this comes back to me as a tweet from someone else, maybe “in the business” or not, but not credited to me? I don’t get crazy. I’m the one who put the line out into the world. So whatever happens, that’s what happens.

The reason I post jokes on a daily basis is simple: if someone says, “you don’t write,” or “you steal your jokes,” I always can point to the fact that I wrote more jokes this morning than most people “in the industry” write in a month. So there!

(By the way? I hate when showbizzers use the phrase “in the industry”. Every time I hear it, I want to say, “Oh? So you sell steel?”)

It can get annoying, because all of us in the “arts” (can I call myself an “artist” – I’ll answer for you: NO! TAYLOR MASON IS A HACK!) are a little sensitive about our work. My first thought is, if you take my act, make it BETTER, or DIFFERENT. Don’t do this:

Ripping off Taylor Mason

This guy obviously saw my act online, took the EXACT PUPPET AND JOKES (see where he pulls out a Paco around 0:35 – he probably purchased the puppet from my website!) and did it on some cable TV out channel in Italy! I don’t care that he took my act – I’M ANGRY HE DID IT SO POORLY!

Come see me do MY OWN ACT later this month:

I’m in Monticello, Illinois (not Italy) on Friday, April 17.  Click for Tix

And HELLO ERIE, PA! I’m with WCTL radio Comedy Night, Saturday April 18. Tix Here.