Sunday 25 June 2017

Conan O’Brien accused of stealing his jokes from Twitter user who is suing him

Conan O'Brien
Conan O'Brien
Talk show host Conan O'Brien and wife Liza Powel O'Brien at the Irish pre-Oscars party in Santa Monica, California
Liza Powel and Conan O'Brien attend the 9th Annual "Oscar Wilde: Honoring The Irish In Film" Pre-Academy Awards event at Bad Robot
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

A California man has targeted Conan O'Brien in a lawsuit claiming the tv host lifted jokes from his personal blog and Twitter account.

San Diego native Robert Kaseberg claims that the late night talk show host stole gags directly from his Twitter feed.

Conan O'Brien is hosting this year's MTV Movie Awards
Conan O'Brien is hosting this year's MTV Movie Awards

Kaseberg says that jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner, Delta airlines and the Washington Monument were used by Conan during his tv shows.

He has filed a complaint in California federal court against Conan, TBS and others on the comedian’s team for violation of copyright.

One of the four jokes outlined was first published on Kaseberg’s personal blog on January 14th.

The joke outlined, “A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight."

Conan O'Brien addressing students at Trinity College's Philosophical Society, where he received an honorary award
Conan O'Brien addressing students at Trinity College's Philosophical Society, where he received an honorary award

That evening, Conan made a similar joke on his eponymous talk show.

Conaco, the production company behind Conan, stated:

“We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit," responds the production company behind the Conan television show.”

Kasberg is seeking hundred of thousands of dollars in actual and statutory damages.

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