ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Over the weekend, there was uproar in Hollywood's comedy world when three female comedians accused Amy Schumer of stealing their jokes. It basically all started with a tweet from Wendy Liebman:

Similarly, Tammy Pescatelli said that Schumer had used her material, stealing one of her lines for her movie Trainwreck – remind yourself of the movie with the trailer:

Fuming, Pescatelli said:

“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 will your own material. BTW she blocked me.”

Following on from this and allegations that she also borrowed material from the late Patrice O'Neal and Kathleen Madigan, several sources went through the effort of wading through mountains of footage to see if there was any truth to the matter. Here are some of the comparisons that were uncovered:

1. The men-dressing joke

In 2006, Pescatelli made the following remark on Comedy Central's Half Hour:

The comedian directly compared it to Schumer's conversation with her sister in Trainwreck, where she says:

2. The 'Slap Oprah' joke

In 2011, Pescatelli also said the following during a sketch show:

And in 2014, Schumer ran this skit in which she tells a friend about a new weight-loss regime:

3. The men-pay-on-first-date joke

Liebman chipped in, by referring to one of her favorite jokes from the 90s:

In 2015, what Schumer said sounded very similar:

Coincidence or not?

4. Sex moves joke

Many people were also outraged that Amy might have borrowed stand-up from the late Patrice O'Neal's joke about the 'Gorilla Mask Her' sex move:

And what exactly did Schumer say last year? Well, it was this:

It gets worse with the next one though – here's O'Neal's 'Poltergeist' explanation:

Seven years later, Amy says this:

As you can see, the comedians are right to point out certain similarities between their original content and then the lines that Amy received high praise for years later. And whilst these instances could merely be cases of coincidence, many fans on Twitter didn't take it that way, calling Schumer out as a fraud:

In response, naturally Amy was horrified, quickly taking to her Twitter account to try to rectify the situation – but do you believe her?

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