Amy Schumer hit with two fresh accusations of joke theft

In Entertainment by Jamie Peck / January 19, 2016


Back in October, I wrote a post covering accusations of joke stealing that had been leveled against comedian Amy Schumer. At the time, there was enough possibility that it could have been a coincidence. I wasn’t yet willing to jump to conclusions that, if shared by the wider internet hordes, could potentially destroy her career. But this week two more instances of potential plagiarism have emerged, making it look more likely that this could be a pattern for her.

As reported by The Interrobang, three comedians have tweeted in the past 24 hours about how Schumer has told jokes suspiciously similar to their own previously existing material. In a tweet that has since been deleted, Wendy Liebman accused Schumer of stealing one of her best jokes. Via The Interrobang:

“Between Amy Schumer doing 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special and this meme of my joke, I’m done with social media”

She was presumably referring to the same joke of hers that was discussed (and even YouTubed) back in October: The one about how she likes it when a guy pays…for sex.

This prompted comedian Kathleen Madigan to jump in with another since-deleted tweet about how Schumer stole from her as well:

“I have a split screen being released of the disgusting amount of stealing being released tomoro. im done also. Game over @WendyLiebman”

The joke in question here is an amusing bit about how rich women such as Oprah should diet by paying someone to slap the food out of their hands, an identical premise to a recent sketch on Schumer’s Comedy Central show. Compare the two bits below:

A third comedian, Tammy Pescatelli, then chimed in that Schumer had stolen her work as well. In a series of somewhat hyperbolic tweets, she took Schumer to task for the theft and posted links to both videos as proof. They, too, have since been deleted.

What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians. If we call her on it we are “jealous” or career shamed. Be successful. WE want you to do well, just do it will your own material.BTW she blocked me.

Look @WendyLiebman here is my joke from my #ComedyCentral half hour ’06 https://t.co/nEU4SCrmGA

Amy’s sketch https://t.co/uVxtn7cY6V

So many more but nobody listens…at least Cosby knocked his victims out b4 he raped them.

No beef. Just presenting facts of oppression and degradation

I tell my truth today, because I too, have a dream…… #MLKDay

This one made it into the freaking trailer for her movie Trainwreck:

Since this shit storm started, the three comedians have deleted almost all of the tweets referring to it, although a few have retweeted support from others.

Wendy Liebman has even replaced her tweets with a friendly “it’s all good.”

Did these women’s managers tell them to shut the fuck up about Schumer because she’s super-famous and powerful in their field? Or did they realize that on their own? I have reached out to all three and will update if I hear back.

UPDATE, January 20: Liebman responded to my request for comment, and she doesn’t believe that Schumer stole her joke.

UPDATE, January 21: Amy Schumer denies stealing jokes, blames Tammy Pescatelli and the internet.

[h/t The Interrobang | Photo via EW]