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March 17, 2017

Oh No: Amy Schumer Accused of Stealing Jokes for "New" "Comedy" "Show"

I know putting quotes around everything is something only lunatics do but sometimes you gotta go loon.

Some of these jokes seem like observations and gags that anyone could come up with independently. But, the thing is, there are also clips of her praising Dave Atell (from whom she seems to have borrowed a "blacking out from drinking and then waking up is like Time Travel" joke) and a Portlandia skit (with which she shares the insult that someone's face looks like a "melted candle").

I dunno. It seems like maybe she's a comedy fan and has watched a lot of comic's acts and comedy tv shows and movies, and maybe unconsciously absorbed it. I say "unconsciously" because at this stage, with a rep as a joke thief, she'd be crazy to consciously swipe this stuff (especially because none of these gags are particularly great).

A few years ago I was ragging on liberal former actress Eva Longoria and I wrote what I thought was one of my best jokes ever to her. It's a two part joke -- the first is a lame set-up, the second is the actual punchline.

"Hey Eva, 1995 just called, it wants its cultural relevance back.

Hey Eva, a Hollywood producer called, he wants -- nah, I'm just fucking with ya. No Hollywood producers are calling you."

The joke came so easy to me. It just flowed, effortlessly. It sounded just like a great David Spade gag that I had just made up with my own brain.

I'm not 100% sure about this, but I later realized this joke came too easily, and I'm pretty sure the reason I came up with such a perfect David Spade-esque joke so easily was that it in fact was a David Spade joke from his old Hollywood Minute stuff on SNL, down to the one-two punch structure. I haven't confirmed that, but I'm almost convinced I didn't write this joke. I just remembered it, without realizing it was a memory rather than an invention.

Eh. A lift, but innocently made. It can happen.

But this sure seems to happen to Amy a lot.

Clips of the new "parallel thinking" jokes below -- Content Warning. She's a big ol' raunchy gal.

Oh, note that in the last batch of jokes she was accused of having stolen, she also echoed a John Mulaney gag about blacking out. That bit starts at 8:15 or so. And her joke is a lot like Mulaney's.

I guess she's especially fond of blacking out jokes in other comic's acts.

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posted by Ace at 12:50 PM

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