Mynarski Forest Official Vintage Archive
Sometimes you don't even need to come up with a new or original joke of your own; sometimes the individual style of your own work lets you approach an old, cliched gag from a different angle, put your own spin on it, and make it fresh again.
I remember an old article from MAD magazine where they explored what would happen if different stand-up comedians (like Robin Williams, Bobcat Goldthwait, etc,) did the exact same joke ("There's a fly in my soup!"), each one achieving radically different results, unique to their own unmistakable style.
The article made me appreciate that it certainly is okay to draw inspiration from older material (like this old joke), so long as you can make it funny again in your own way.
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