Is Amy Schumer a joke thief?

Published: January 22, 2016
They uploaded videos comparing similarities between their jokes to ones used by the actor. PHOTO: DEATHANDTAXESMAG

They uploaded videos comparing similarities between their jokes to ones used by the actor. PHOTO: DEATHANDTAXESMAG

It all started when stand-up comedian Wendy Liebman tweeted that the Inside Amy Schumer actor stole her joke on her HBO TV series. What soon followed were a host of other comedians who claimed that Amy had stolen their jokes too.

Although Wendy has since deleted her tweet, she pointed out that Amy had copied her joke; and on a similar note uploaded a meme which used her joke without credit — the image having nothing to do with Amy.

Over the weekend, Liebman, Pescatelli, and Madigan had a now deleted Twitter conversation about her that was sparked by this tweet.

This led fellow comedian Chuck Martin to tweet that he had had a similar experience, followed by a personal attack by stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli.

At this point Pescatelli joined in, claiming Schumer had "stolen" the work of female comedians.

Tammy has since apologised for accusing actress Amy Schumer of stealing jokes. Stopping by Jim Norton Advice Show on Thursday, Pescatelli admitted that she “went too far” over the matter, reports

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“I went too deep. It went too far, and for that I’m super apologetic,” Pescatelli told Norton.

She said that she first noticed the similarity between her and Schumer’s jokes when she saw the trailer for Trainwreck.

Her stand-up comedy on Comedy Central’s Half Hour in 2006:


Which she compared to Amy’s joke in Trainwreck:


“I was the last to the party and I drank the most and was the loudest. I probably should have just stayed out of it and kept my mouth shut,” she added.

She realised that it might just be parallel thinking and Amy might have never seen her show that contained the said jokes. Tammy also agreed that Amy had “every right to be mad”.

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On Wednesday, Amy denied allegations that she stole jokes from comedians Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman and Piscatelli. She took to Twitter to defend herself following videos of the comedians which compared her jokes to theirs went viral.

And thanked her supporters for all the love:

Even Jim thanked the comedian for addressing the issue on his show:

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Parvez
    Jan 25, 2016 - 1:33AM

    A joke is a certain thought process expressed in a funny manner…… accusing someone of stealing a thought process is a bit dicey…….lets say jumping over the fence and stealing your neighbour’s garden chair is stealing. Recommend

  • Tp
    Jan 25, 2016 - 8:13AM

    The world has run out of jokes.Recommend

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