Well folks it’s happened again… another LA sketch team has fallen to plagiarism on youtube.
If you’ve been following season 3 of Video Fight Club on craveonline.com you already know the team Comediocracy. However the world at large doesn’t.
They have a small following, mostly of friend and family and it’s growing. but their youtube numbers only hit a few thousands views per video on a good day. They recently were our champion on VFC for four weeks, among that run they shared this video:
Created Jul 8, 2013 and only seen by 1200+ people.
Now granted, with 7 Billion people on the planet and the theory of a global consciousness it’s not a far stretch that somewhere out there at least a dozen other people think “Hey you know what’s awkward… birthday songs, right”. Now based on my knowledge of the global population at least 8 of those people have that thought in Chinese and I’m really not sure if the customs are the same.
But what doesn’t happen is this:
The first 60 second or so of this video aren’t merely similar, Shots are frame the same, the same lines are delivered and the same gag is established of slo mo singing over a overly conscious narrator.
“Look at X Person… nope… look at.. the cake!”
“This song is so long… wait I’m not smiling”
“Smile you idiot”
Gradually the two videos saunter off two separate conclusions and gag.
LA and further more the LA comedy scenes is incredibly small, and it wasn’t hard to track down an instant connection to the writers on both sides to myself. I have mutual friends on both sides, so on a given day with a different doorway out of John Malkovich maybe I would have found myself on the other side of this battleground.
But I’m here and Without substantial proof (or any whatsoever) from Extremely Decent to back up their claims that:
That being the case it shouldn’t be that hard to have immediately posted something to refute that this was in fact apparently two twins separated at birth that went off to create the same thought.
So while it’s possible that two people had the thought that “Birthdays are fucking awkward”.. and oddly coincidental that think “A great gimmick is we make that horrible birthday song last as long as possible”… and “and we get a look at what’s in the surprisee’s thoughts” without any concrete proof to the contrary, this is plagiarism.
So ED better step up to the plate quick to clear their name. It’s a small town, can’t we all just get along?! In the meantime I’ll be out looking for the Killer with OJ.
Because if we don’t challenge things that look on the surface like they might be plagiarism then it just makes it easier for the next guy to do it.
Call it what you will, both teams are very talented and have other great videos.
Oh yea, you can watch both videos side by side here http://youtubedoubler.com/a758
Ok now go away internets here are things for your loyalty: