Amy Schumer Joke Stealing Controversy Debated On ‘The View’ (VIDEO)
During the show’s “Hot Topics” segment, the panel discussed claims made by comedians Wendy Liebman, Kathleen Madigan and Tammy Pescatelli that Schumer had allegedly stolen their material, as well as the Trainwreck star’s offer to take a polygraph test to prove she never did. While none of the co-hosts took a side in the dispute between the comediennes, Behar expressed that intentional joke stealing feels “like kidnapping your children” to a comic.
Goldberg said comics having their jokes stolen was almost unavoidable, and that “people use my stuff all the time.” But she also acknowledged that some people unintentionally steal material because “you hear stuff and you think, ‘Oh, I could take that and go here with it.’”
Behar noted joke ownership these days is often a matter of who says it first on television. Even if she were the original writer, “it’s not mine anymore” if another comic repeats it on TV, added Behar. That’s why the veteran comedienne advised other comics to make their jokes about their lives as a way to avoid them being lifted. “My comedy has always been very personal. It’s very autobiographical, so no one can really steal that from you.”
Watch the video below of “The View” panel debating Amy Schumer allegedly stealing jokes.