The Spot: Holdouts + Joke-Stealers
99% Invisible: “Holdout” Around 2005, a Seattle neighborhood called Ballard started to see unprecedented growth. Developers offered a woman named Edith Macefield $750,000 for her small house. Macefield turned down the money, and developers went ahead and enveloped her house on three sides with a shopping mall.
Life of the Law: “Who owns that joke?” Comedian Carlos Mencia is notorious for stealing other comics’ jokes. But he’s never been sued – in fact, there are almost no lawsuits in comedy. So what does the law meant to comics, and what do they do when it can’t help them?