This has made the rounds, so maybe you’ve already seen it, but I finally got to read Patton Oswalt’s closed letter to himself about thievery, heckling and rape jokes. If you’re like me and haven’t seen it, I recommend you do:
In the exact moment after I’d realized that what Blaine said was true, that I’d cribbed a laugh from someone else’s creativity and inspiration, my ego kicked in. And, I mean, my real ego. Not ego’s sociopathic cousin, hubris, which would have made me defensive, aggressive and ultimately rationalize the theft. No, the good kind of ego, the kind that wanted success and fame and praise on my own merits, no matter how long it took.