Now it's Rogan Vs. Ant
"Rogan Vs. Ant" sounds like a Japanese monster movie.
In this instance, though, I'm not talking about mutated monsters battling over Tokoyo, I'm talking about comedian Joe Rogan's recent accusation that comedian Ant, the openly gay judge on Last Comic Standing, steals jokes.
If that sounds familiar, it's because Rogan made the same accusations against Carlos Mencia not too long ago (and others have accused Mencia of stealing, as well).
I'm not going to comment on whether Rogan's allegations against either of these men are true, but I will say that no idea exists in a vacuum. If you're a comedian and you've come up with a funny joke or concept, it's likely someone else has thought of it, too. I'm not a comedian, but even I've had funny ideas that I later see pop up on The Onion, or Comedy Central, or any number of places. It's probably a comfortable delusion to think everything your brain concocts was pulled from some realm no one else's mind can touch, but that's just not how it works.
One of the jokes Rogan accused Ant of swiping went like this (from Ant's MySpace):
My brother Frank hates gays. He says, "we should take all you gays and stick you on an island."
I said, "they have, we call it Manhattan."
Rogan claims the same joke was stolen from both comedian Jim David and the movie Boiler Room. Ant says he's been telling the joke longer than that. Ant also accuses Rogan of being homophobic, which is something I won't comment on either until I've invented a machine that can read Joe Rogan's mind.
News of Rogan's Ant rant comes from the forums over at A Special Thing.