Amy Schumer has come under fire this week for reportedly stealing the material from other female comedians. However, what many outlets are not reporting is that she also seems to have lifted material from the late male African-American comedian Patrice O’Neal.
In a video posted to YouTube more than three months ago, a user notes the striking similarities in O’Neal’s and Schumer’s material with regard to sexual positions.
Considering the very raw nature of both comedians, be forewarned that some of what you are about to read is NSFW. That said, there is one section of the two acts that are pretty much carbon copies of one another in spirit.
In O’Neal’s act, he goes into a list of sexual positions. One, in particular, stands out — the “Poltergeist.” What this “move” basically consists of is when the male partner is behind the female partner and he switches out with a friend, then runs outside and waves to the girl through the window.
Fast forward to the rise of Amy Schumer, and the Trainwreck star calls it “the Houdini” during one of her routines. Everything else is pretty much the same. You can see for yourself in the video below, but once again, beware where you play this clip.
The initial allegations that Amy Schumer was guilty of stealing jokes arose from a trio of female acts, namely Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan, and Tammy Pescatelli, who all got into it with Schumer on Twitter.
In a report compiled by TheInterroBang, Liebman called Amy Schumer out for lifting a joke in which she said that the guy should always pay on dates — for sex.
This led to interactions with Madigan and Pescatelli. Madigan accused Schumer of “a disgusting amount of stealing” and implied that there would be a coming “sh*tstorm.”
Not to be left out, Pescatelli had this to say.
“What has always been amazing to me is that she purports to be a feminist and yet only steals from other female comedians. If we call her on it we are ‘jealous’ or career shamed. Be successful. WE want you to do well, just do it with your own material. BTW she blocked me.”
With the newish video showing Amy Schumer also lifting jokes from O’Neal, it’s apparent that female comedians were not her only target.
Schumer has tried to respond to some of the allegations, saying she would never steal from another comedian, but she has not addressed the newly surfaced allegations of theft from O’Neal, and since he died in 2011, he isn’t in the position to speak for himself.
Of course, Amy Schumer isn’t the first comedian to have to deal with allegations of stealing. A story earlier this year pointed out some similarities between comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s new material and a bit that Jim Gaffigan did in 2006.
While those similarities were negligible, a Gaffigan bit that was perhaps more directly lifted was his Cinnabon jokes from the same bit.
In that case, Louis CK was the culprit.
And here’s the Jim Gaffigan version.
In both CK’s and Seinfeld’s cases, the similarities are not as striking as with Schumer. They appear to have taken a similar concept and run with it, bringing in enough new material to not raise hostilities. Gaffigan has also not professed any hostility toward them for doing so.
But what do you think, readers?
Are these new allegations that Amy Schumer stole from Liebman, Madigan, Pescatelli, and now O’Neal cause to doubt her material, or are the similarities still not clear enough to prove that she actually stole them? Sound off in the comments section below.