Sunday 15 December 2019

‘I will literally take a polygraph’ – Amy Schumer denies stealing jokes from other comedians

Amy Schumer (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Amy Schumer (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It has been a tough week for Amy Schumer as a teenage fan made a sexist remark about her and now others have accused her of stealing jokes.

Schumer was discussed by three comedians, Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan, and Tammy Pescatelli, on Twitter and they spoke about alleged similarities between their jokes and Schumer's series Inside Amy Schumer and her movie Trainwreck.

Their thread has been deleted but Schumer addressed the allegations on Twitter by saying, "On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke."

She reiterated her denial on Jim Norton's SiriusXM advice show, "I'm being accused of stealing jokes and I wanted to come and talk to you about it and clear my name."

The star was previously accused of plagiarising the work of the late Patrice O'Neal in her stand-up show Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo.

"I would never, ever do that and I never have," Schumer said.

"I'm literally going to take a polygraph test and put it on my show this season, and I promise, whatever the results are — I won't let them cut — I will show that I had never, never seen Patrice do that bit. I had definitely never seen Tammy Pescatelli do that. I didn't happen to catch [Pescatelli's] 2006 Comedy Central special and like, sit on that bit until I got a movie.

"I have to come up with so much material — my TV show, this movie, standup, specials — and I'm so careful. And none of these things had ever reached me. And I will literally take a polygraph. And I just would never do that, like that would be so stupid for me to do that!"

Comedian Wendy Liebman later took to Twitter to say, "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."

Liebman admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that she herself had written jokes which she found out later had been written by Phyllis Diller.

"I get it - there are only so many ideas.  I doubt she intentionally took it but I wanted to at least claim what was originally mine," she said.

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