Amy Schumer Accused of Stealing Jokes (UPDATE: She Responds)
Update (January 21, 2016): Amy Schumer has denied the alleged joke theft, tweeting:
On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 20, 2016
She also defended herself in an interview with Sirius XM’s Jim Norton, saying, “I would never ever do that and never have. I’m literally gonna take a polygraph test and … show that I’ve never seen [those bits].”
Original story (January 20, 2016): Over the last year, Amy Schumer has charmed her way into becoming one of America’s favorite comedians with her signature style of bawdy, honest comedy.
But what if that signature style was actually stolen from a few other funny ladies? Three female comedians are accusing the Trainwreck star of just that.
Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli had a now-deleted Twitter conversation complaining about the 31-year-old’s allegedly cribbed material.
“What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians,” said Tammy, who stars in standup special Finding the Funny.
Among the possibly pilfered jokes, Kathleen once declared Oprah Winfrey is rich enough “to pay a man to stand there and literally slap s—t out of [her] hand.”
Amy has done a sketch called “Slap Chef” on her Comedy Central series, where a personal chef makes delicious food… and then slaps it out of his clients’ hands.
Another video imagines a gym where people are put into a coma and then trainers force the knocked out folks to do exercises.
While the Golden Globe nominee, who reportedly opened for the women before, may have been inspired by their jokes, it doesn’t seem she directly lifted them.
But Tammy didn’t see it that way over the weekend. The Ohio native tweeted about Jennifer Lawrence’s pal, “at least Cosby knocked his victims out b4 he raped them,” before scrubbing the message from the Internet.
Wendy has since backed off from saying the younger comic stole her joke. “It’s possible we both wrote it,” she tweeted. “I just wanted you to know I wrote it first.”
Despite all the hullabaloo, the Girls alum doesn’t seem at all affected. She’s currently shooting a new season of Inside Amy — hopefully with a joke originality monitor on set.