07/15/2011 02:02 pm ET Updated Sep 14, 2011

So You Want To Accuse Someone Of Stealing Your Joke

Earlier this week, a Cleveland sketch group accused Conan O'Brien of stealing a routine of theirs for his show. Upon examination of their claims, it was pretty clear that the accusation was baseless for a number of reasons. This sure made them look bad! This sketch group I had never heard of before is now known in my mind as a group that accuses people of plagiarism in order to get attention, which is a shitty thing to be known for.

In order to prevent another unfortunate incident like this from occurring, I thought it'd be beneficial to lay out some important questions for comedians and comedy groups to ask themselves before publicly accusing someone of plagiarism.

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