Outrage Watch: Amy Schumer accused of joke-stealing by prominent fellow comics

01.20.16 2 years ago

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UPDATE (1/21/16 2:58 PM EST): Tammy Pescatelli called in to “Opie” Hughes and Jim Norton's SiriusXM radio show Thursday to respond to the controversy: “It is probably parallel thinking. That does happen…I probably should have just stayed out of it and kept my mouth shut,” said Pescatelli in part. “I shouldn't have accused somebody. It did seem that way, that it was a lift.”

You can hear Pescatelli's full appearance below:

In today's edition of comics berating other comics, 2015 “It” girl Amy Schumer has been accused of joke-stealing on Twitter by three prominent stand-ups: Kathleen Madigan, Tammy Pescatelli and Wendy Liebman (though the latter has since provided less-damning context to her claim that Schumer “[did] 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special.”). Though the tweets in question have since been deleted, Interrobang has the evidence: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additionally, a savvy internet user has collected the allegedly-stolen jokes in question into a side-by-side video, including a bit by late comedian Patrice O'Neal:

Schumer has since responded to the claims via Twitter…

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…and on fellow comedian Jim Norton's radio show, where she said in part: “I'm literally gonna take a polygraph test and put it on my show this season…I didn't happen to catch [Tammy Pescatelli's] 2006 Comedy Central special and like sit on that bit till I got a movie.”

Shade.

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