Australia’s Got Talent, Rampant Joke Thievery

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Everyone’s a comedian, particularly if they’re actively stealing material from other, real comedians. Following a solid performance on Australia’s Got Talent, Jordan Paris received “an enormous amount of exposure” once it became obvious he was regurgitating material he’d “borrowed,” i.e. bold-face stole, from comedians Lee Mack and Geoff Keith. Having made it to the semifinals before the scandalousness broke, Paris made a profoundly misguided attempt to laugh off his theft by making his final set entirely about his joke-stealing. It is incredibly painful to watch. That being said, when he starts singing, “I Started A Joke,” doesn’t it sort of transcend his crime and transform into a work of deeply uncomfortable performance art?