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Jokes About Steps ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚


I have no problem
personally taking stairs, unless those stairs
are a broken escalator. Right like, if I’m on
stairs I’m walking up I’m just like, “Oh, yeah! No problem. This is great. “I’m getting some extra
steps. Good exercise.” Just running up and down, right? But if there’s a broken escalator, I’m like, “Ugh! Ugh. It’s exhausting. “Ow. Why don’t they fix this? “Is this a third world country? “Has the apocalypse happened? “Am I in a dystopian YA novel? “It’s exhausting.” By the way, I mentioned, I mentioned steps, and I do track my steps, but to be honest it’s hard
for me to measure my distance because with my step number I’m never sure. Should I like divide that number in half, or multiply it by two. Like do the crutches count, and are those, they should be subtracted, or is it just one leg, but actually each leg is two. I have no idea. Maybe their step count is the same. I really don’t know. Hey internet thanks for watching my video. That was a recording of
course from my one man show that I do on Friday nights
here in Santa Monica. One time recently during
the Q and A after the show, a guy raised his hand and asked, “Do I track my steps, “and if so do I double that number?” The audience laughed, and I was like, “Ffft, you know I’ve never
really thought about that, “but that’s a very good question, “And also probably would
work well as a joke.” Which brings up an interesting question about the source of jokes. Like is that an original joke, or should I be paying that
guy royalties or something? But before the advent of the internet, presumably there were comics who were making their whole careers out of stealing other comedians jokes, and today because of the internet, if you steal peoples jokes, you can feel pretty confident someone’s gonna call you out on it. Which to be clear, I think is a really good thing, but today sometimes the trolls
will come out in great anger even if one of your jokes
covers the same subject as someone else’s joke
who covers that subject. For example I recently tweeted about the subject of this video, that is the idea about broken escalators, and someone immediately
replied and was like, “Mitch Hedberg has a joke
about escalators being broken. How dare you steal his joke.” I wasn’t familiar with
Mitch Hedberg’s joke about broken escalators. So I looked it up. He does have one, but it’s actually the opposite premise. That there is no such thing
as a broken escalator. So obviously I didn’t steal it from him, but now I’m nervous to put
this joke on the internet because I’m afraid people
in the comments are gonna get really mad at me. But to be very clear, his joke is way better. Like this isn’t even a
good joke that I’m doing. I probably shouldn’t even post it. Anyway the point is that
we are living in an era where there is so much
stand up comedy online which is awesome, but it also means that if
you post an original joke, probably somewhere,
someone, sometime has said something kind of similar in their joke. That’s why a lot of the jokes that I do are about having one leg because not really anyone
else is doing jokes like that, so it’s kind of always original. It’s always fresh, but there’s also a down side to that which is that all the jokes
are about the same subject, until from time to time
people comment and complain, “Hey Josh, your jokes are repetitive. “Why don’t you make jokes
about other subjects? “You’re not good at writing
jokes ’cause they’re all just about this one thing.” But the question is, is it better to get complaints
about being derivative, or complaints about being repetitive? You might suggest that there’s
some kind of third option where you don’t care about what people say in the comments or whatever, but guys let’s be honest
like if we didn’t care about you liking us we wouldn’t
post stuff for you. All content creators, all vloggers, all comedians
are exactly like you except even more insecure
and weirdly concerned about what strangers think
of them on the internet. Anyway thanks as always for watching. We should hang out sometime. [tinkling]

20 thoughts on “Jokes About Steps ๐Ÿšถโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‚

  1. I think you are brilliant and inspiring. Can I just say, you look like one of my favourite actors Gene Wilder

  2. It's such an annoying problem, honestly. You can't possibly know every single joke ever. I think you should just be authentic, make the jokes you want to make and if the joke you are making came from someone else's joke/question, you should mention it, but if not, don't worry about it. The internet is always going to have some butthurt people who can't stand the idea of several people having the same… ideas.

  3. What I really care about is the way they tell the jokes. If it's repeated even for the same person it'll always be different, and if it's a joke other person told it also will be different. So stop worrying about what people say, they'll always complaing and worry on enjoying what you do, which is what I love from you because I can always tell you love it

  4. Dude, I love you. You have been such a wonderful inspiration to me, and you always cheer me up when Iโ€™m feeling down. Unfortunately my guide dog had to retire after two years, he is having major medical issues, but your video just now cheered me up fully.

    Thank you so much for all you do

  5. Oh dear there's people complaining about one similar joke reference when 80% of all other comedy is just "the opposite gender sucks and here's why"?

    Anyway I think you're great and original and I'm still not over the Tigger costume, that's brilliant ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. You should divide your steps by 2 but count half as weight lifting instead of steps

    (I give you permission to make this actually funny if you would like)

  7. โ€œYou only make jokes about one thing!โ€
    โ€œWell if I had another leg, Iโ€™d make jokes about two things.โ€

  8. The lack of laughter from the crowd is supremely disappointing. Like, guys, grow a sense of humor.

  9. people who accuse you of copying simply for being in the same ballpark as someone else's joke are idiots. there's only so many topics in the world to talk about. you're eventually going to overlap with other people, and just because one person said one thing about one topic doesn't mean there isn't more to talk about regarding that topic, or that that first person to bring it up is the only one allowed to talk about it.

    plus, no one accuses comedians of copying each other when they talk about things like sex and dating, which are all very common among comedians mostly because they're usually the individual comic's personal relationships and experiences being turned into jokes) well, your joke here is exactly that. your experience with stairs and escalators.

    people are going to be reactionary. esp people who don't actually understand what constitutes a copy. writers have to worry about this a lot too, but the law is pretty clear. you can have a story that takes place in space with characters who live in a space ship, you just can't have the USS Enterprise. anyone who would accuse an author of copying Star Wars or Star Trek simply for having a space ship and taking place in space is just as idiotic as those who accused you of copying here. pay them no mind. you can't please everyone, so don't bother trying. haters gonna hate, no matter what you do, so focus on the people you want to make happy. it makes life much more pleasant.

  10. To be clear, Mitch Hedburg's joke has nothing to do with laboring up an escalator with one leg. He's also not uniquely the only person to have ever used an escalator on this planet.. so within the realm of comedy escalators are fair game in my book.

  11. Just finished reading your book.. "We Should Hang Out Sometime", had to stop by and see the man behind it. Well written.

  12. You should make jokes about your family. There's gotta be a wealth of weird stuff that was 'normal' to you but not to others, that would make it funny. Like the story of your dad ordering blueberry pancakes.

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