This chapter looks at how creativity and copying work in the world of stand-up comedy. The world of comedy provides important insights into how some creative communities develop social norms to control copying and limit the harms it may cause. For many decades copying was an accepted part of the comedy world. But since the 1960s, when stand-up comedy began to move toward more personalized routines, social norms have played an important role in regulating copying among comedians.
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