Accusations of Amy Schumer’s joke-stealing tendencies are cropping up more and more frequently these days, but this is unsurprising as she’s also becoming more and more well known. (Not that out-famousing the original comedian is a valid excuse, mind you.)
The accusations come mainly from three comedians, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and Kathleen Madigan – who were doing comedy long before Amy Schumer found fame.
It all kicked off when Liebman tweeted (now deleted) saying: “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.”
Writer Chuck Martin responded to Liebman’s tweet, encouraging fellow comedian Madigan to join Liebman in speaking out.
Pescatelli chimed in not long after, saying:
“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.”
Awks. That was also later deleted, too.
Liebman later tweeted this:
I never said @amyschumer stole my joke.I just said it was the same.It’s possible we both wrote it.I just wanted you to know I wrote it 1st.
— Wendy Liebman (@WendyLiebman) January 20, 2016
Schumer (and her PR team, we assume) eventually caught wind of the accusations, and Schumer made a very simple statement, saying: “On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.” And a lot of fan’s have responded well, calling the claims ‘weak’ and many other rude, rude words. Zach Braff showed his support in his own funny-guy way.
@amyschumer I said that exact sentence an hour ago.
— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) January 20, 2016
The links between some of the latter jokes in the video are a little more tenuous, and it can be argued that Schumer unintentionally took inspiration from the other comedian’s work. Or that she merely came to the same comedic conclusions about life.
One fan said:
“I think of all of these, the Wendy Liebman is the most damning because most of Schumer’s early act was just a darker riff on Liebman’s trademark style (sentence that seems to hang until ending with a punchline followed up by another joke said almost under her breath) She had to be aware of Liebman just due to comparisons and had to know that joke.
I think it’s a Dane Cook situation. She is suddenly the biggest standup in America. She needs to put out a special and content real quick and consciously or unconsciously (I think unconsciously) she is repeating a routine or two that she had heard before”
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