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STOLEN IDEA is a comedy punk rock musical that covers the theft of intellectual property in the artistic worlds of music and comedy. The story follows a standup comedian and a rock musician who are both approaching 40 and are fearful their time to “make it” is running out. One has his idea stolen, the other steals an idea.

Only the ghosts of Elisha Gray and Alexander Graham Bell can help them now!


Book by Matt Besser

Music by Bobby Matthews

Lyrics by Matt Besser & Bobby Matthews

Produced by Brett Morris



Matt Besser - Matt the Comic, Alexander Graham Bell

Bobby Matthews- Phil the Musician, Elisha Gray

Virginia Matthews - Sarah

John Gemberling - Agent

Paul Rust - Young Comic

Scott Aukerman - Comedy Club Booker

James Adomian - Narrator, Mr. Podcast, NPR Host, Music Critic

Michael Cassady - TV Show Booker

Harris Wittels - NYC Cop

Mike Still - Rooster

Danielle Schneider - Waitress

STOLEN IDEAS in the news

Kanye Steals Lorde’s Stage Design

Audi Ads Blatantly Rip Off Songs

New Trial for “Stairway to Heaven” Claim

Canadian Improv Group Steals Format?

Lana Del Rey Steals "Creep" from Radiohead

Patton Oswalt: Joke Theft Is No Laughing Matter (HBO)

Kanye West & Nas Steal Beat & Cover Art

Walt Disney Stole Mickey Mouse

Year of the Plagiarist

Stranger Things Stolen?

Ed Sheeran Ripping Off Many Songs

Yet Another Group Sues Bruno Mars Over "Uptown Funk"

Mark Ronson Sued "Uptown Funk" Zapp Similarities

Patton Oswalt on the Unsavory Business of Joke Theft

The ‘WTF’/Carlos Mencia Saga Provided New Insight Into the Mind of One of Comedy’s Most Reviled Figures

A Not-So-Funny Look at 6 Comedians Accused of Plagiarism

6 Reasons Why Coldplay Are Guilty of Plagiarism

40 Years Ago: George Harrison Found Guilty of ‘My Sweet Lord’ Plagiarism

Songs on Trial: 10 Landmark Music Copyright Cases

A Primer on the Dane Cook–Louis C.K. Joke-Stealing Beef

How To Accuse A Joke Thief

Lawsuit Claims Seinfeld Stole Comedians In Cars

Frank Ocean Accused of Plagiarizing Art for Blonded Radio Show

So A Thief Walks Into A Comedy Club: Plagiarized Punchlines

Alexander Wang Calls Out Philipp Plein For Copying One of His Shows

3 Times Donald Trump's Team Got Hit With Plagiarism Charges

Mary Berry’s new show Britain’s Best Cook accused of ripping-off the Great British Bake Off as Channel 4 insiders highlight the similarities between the two shows

Parallel Thinking Is Real: One Concept, Six Sketches, and a Whole Slew of Plagiarism Accusations

What Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway” Trial Says About Copyright’s Increasingly Blurred Lines

Science of Accidental Joke Stealing


Conan O'Brien Demands Halt to Lawsuit Accusing Him of Stealing Five Jokes

Can a Comedian Sue Over A Stolen Joke?

Led Zeppelin's 10 Boldest Rip-Offs

'Blurred Lines' Jury Orders Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams to Pay $7.4 Million

Rick Ross Sued

Flaming Lips Ripped Off Cat Stevens

Kanye Stealing Art Ideas?

James Blunt - You're Beautiful Richard Marx - Right Here Waiting Alicia Keys - No One Mika - Happy Ending Amiel - Lovesong Black Eyed Peas - Where is the Love?

If you like these two songs from our musical please leave a comment! We're really looking to spread the word! Thanks, Matt Besser, Bobby Matthews, and Brett Morris