If anyone was taken aback by his apparent lack of empathy for the comics he'd stolen from, they had absolutely no reason to be. In an interview just a year earlier, Chegwin dished out this advice to young up-and-comers:
"If you've not got your own, nick a gag! That's what all the top comedians do."
There you have it, unfunny whores of the world. Go forth and conquer comedy. In fact, if the plan doesn't work in England, there's another country that might put up with your five-finger-discounting shenanigans.
Australia's Got Talent Contestant Acts Like No One Else Has Heard of YouTube
Like any crime, joke stealing is way easier to get away with if not a lot of people actually see or hear you do it. Telling a joke you read on Twitter or watched on YouTube to an open mic audience of six people probably isn't going to make any waves that extend beyond that room. Hell, you could probably get away with doing someone's entire bit.
Looking for an example of a place where you shouldn't perform your pilfered material? Well, in front of a national television audience probably isn't ideal. Obviously, the chances of getting caught committing any crime increase in direct proportion to the number of people watching. Amazingly, a contestant on Australia's Got Talent (Fact: Paul Hogan has won every year since 1986) named Jordan Paris failed to grasp this concept when he appeared on the "talent" contest and performed a routine made up exclusively of jokes he'd seen on YouTube.