Monday, February 01, 2016
I don't want anyone saying I stole someone else's joke.
Sometimes two people do come up with the same or similar joke. Great minds think alike and all that shit. On the other hand, I have taken radio people off my distribution list for stealing my reviews. You know who you are. Great minds don't think alike on ten straight jokes.
Personally, it used to drive me crazy when I was a disc jockey in the '70s. Other jocks would tape my shows and use my material in their markets. One time I tried to get a job in LA at a station and the program director accused me of stealing from one of his disc jockeys when in fact it was the other way around. (That story has a happy ending and you can read about it here.)
But there's very little you can do about it, other than shame the guilty party.
Now comes talk that Amy Schumer has lifted material from other comedians and writers. This saddens me greatly. I love Amy Schumer. But the evidence is pretty damning. Recently she went on Jim Norton's radio show on Sirius/XM to vehemently deny she ever knowingly stole any material. But I found this video that compares Amy's bits with their originators. Uh, quite a few coincidences. See for yourself.
Part of the issue is that Amy is now the 800 pound gorilla. And if a comic accuses her of stealing material that comic is viewed as just jealous. That's been the case with comic Tammy Pescatelli. She's the one who first cried foul. And now she's getting blowback.
I understand that Amy Schumer must generate a lot of material. She has book deals, movies, her TV show, and concerts. No matter how prolific you are that's a lot to ask. But there's a solution --one where you never have to steal another joke. You know what it is?
By Ken Levine at 6:00 AM