Amy Schumer is really famous and successful now, so people are trying to discredit her every step of the way. A recent video with over 666,000 views compared her material to jokes told by comedians Patrice O'Neill, Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, and Tammy Pescatelli. The video accused her of stealing the premises for the sketches "Sleep Gym" and "Slap Chef" from Madigan, and jokes in her HBO standup special from O'Neill, Liebman and Pescatelli. Schumer quickly tweeted to defend herself from these claims, and went on Jim Norton's Sirius XM show to clear her name.
Comedians and friends are rushing to her aid:
As Nikki Glaser points out, Schumer is a convicted shoplifter with a criminal record. While she has stolen from department stores, she hasn't stolen anything that matters.
Wendy Liebman, whose material she is accused of stealing, believes that Schumer did not consciously co-opt her material.
On Norton's show, Schumer insisted that she did not steal the jokes, nor had she even seen them, and said that these new allegations are likely due to her newfound fame. "I did not steal any jokes, and I wouldn't. I think people get upset by success, and it makes sense," she said, adding, "People are afraid and angry at women and they want to bring them down."
She has a history with one of the comics featured in the accusatory video, Tammy Pescatelli. "I think [Tammy] is upset I blocked her on Twitter a couple years ago because she was unkind to my best friend, Rachel Feinstein, and I didn't like how she treated Rachel," she explained. "I don't think she's got much going on, this is my guess. I think people get upset by success."
Norton and Schumer have been friends for eight years, and he pointed out that had she been a joke thief, it would have come out while she was on the road. "If somebody was a joke thief, you don't get close to someone like that," he said.
Schumer said that on the upcoming season of her Comedy Central show, she will take a polygraph test to prove that she didn't steal and that she'd never seen the bits in question.
Schumer still considers herself a comic first, and wants to be respected by the community: "More than anything, I want credibility as a comic. All I care about is that the people close to me and comedians respect me."