Amy Schumer says she wants to take a polygraph test to prove she didn't steal the jokes of several other comedians.
It all started last week, when three different comedians -- Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan, and Tammy Pescatelli -- took to Twitter to vent about how they felt Amy had copied their jokes, with some using video reference of old shows and even accusing Amy of stealing material from Patrice O'Neal, whom she used to open for. When compared with some of Schumer's stand-up -- or her recent hit film, Trainwreck-- it's easy to see why some of them would be upset. However, Schumer says she would never steal a joke from another comedian and is willing to take a test to prove it.
"I would never, ever do that and I never have. 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," Amy Schumer said on Jim Norton's SiriusXM show recently.
On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke.
— Amy Schumer (@amyschumer) January 20, 2016
Thanks to @amyschumer for coming over and addressing joke stealing allegations on my show. https://t.co/MXai3zQFJEAfter the inevitable backlash ensued, Wendy Liebman came back to Twitter to walk things back just a little.
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) January 20, 2016
"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," she wrote.
When Amy was defending herself, she pointed out that the bit that Tammy Pescatelli accused her of stealing was several years old, saying she hadn't seen the jokes on Comedy Central and then waited nine years to put it in her own sketches.
"I had definitely never seen Tammy Pescatelli...like, I didn't happen to catch her 2006 Comedy Central special and sit on that bit 'til I got a movie. Like, I sat on that bit for nine years and then was like, 'Here's my chance to steal that Tammy -- the famous Tammy P bit. This is what happens...people build people up and then they like to rip them down when they're experiencing some success," Amy said.
When Pescatelli later allegedly accused Schumer of blocking her on Twitter, Amy responded by saying she'd actually blocked her a long time ago for the way she treated a fellow comedian.
"I think she's upset. I blocked her on Twitter a couple years ago because she was unkind to my best friend, Rachel Feinstein, a comedian. I didn't like how she treated Rachel and I'm a very loyal friend, so I was like, 'I don't want to talk to that chick.' And I don't think she's got much going on -- this is my guess. I dunno, maybe she has nine deals."
However, Pescatelli took to Twitter soon after to shoot down that rumor, saying she "loves" Rachel Feinstein.
I @RachelFeinstein. I don't know who, what or where that rumor stared but couldn't be further from the truth. https://t.co/w1opUzLIoaDespite the allegations, Amy Schumer is moving on with her career and endorsements; Schumer teamed up with Seth Rogen recently to film a Bud Light ad, which will air during games leading up to the Super Bowl and features the two comedians getting all dressed up for a special event. Although it's just a brief short, the duo get maximum laughs out of their time together, with Rogen pulling on panty hose and lotioning up.
— Tammy Pescatelli (@TammyPescatelli) January 21, 2016
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