In the tradition of Carlos Mencia, Amy Schumer recently came under fire for allegedly stealing jokes from fellow women comics.
In a series of since-deleted tweets, three comedians, Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli, reportedly accused the “Trainwreck” star of stealing jokes for her film, stand-up routine and Comedy Central show, “Inside Amy Schumer.”
Schumer was previously accused of stealing a bit about sex positions for her HBO stand-up special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo,” from late comedian Patrice O'Neal, but she maintained via Twitter on Wednesday she'd never stoop to joke theft.
Liebman later clarified she never claimed Schumer stole her joke, but maintained the jokes bore a striking similarity.
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. — Wendy Liebman (@WendyLiebman) January 20, 2016
Supporters argue Schumer's jokes are based on observations many of us make throughout our lives, making the footage equal parts damning and exonerative.
. @amyschumer does not steal jokes!!! she hasn't ever said anything funny, so that clearly proves her innocence. #AmySchumer — Reggie McRymple (@RMcRymple) January 21, 2016
Schumer appeared on Jim Norton's advice show to address the controversy. She vowed to take a polygraph and air the uncut footage on "Inside Amy Schumer."
The comic also suggested jealousy could be behind the rumors.
She reportedly said,
Both Kathleen and Wendy believe me. They know me, and they don't believe that I would do that. I think that this is like Tammy trying to get something going, I don't know. This is what happens. People, like, build people up and then they like to rip them down when they're experiencing some success.
Whether Schumer is the victim of jealous rumors or the perpetrator of a blatant scheme, a joke-theft controversy is a nightmare for any comedy-nerd turned comedy-star.
Perhaps, as a result, the next season of “Inside Amy Schumer” will be the most original and outrageous one yet.