Comedian Amy Schumer’s latest Netflix standup is getting terrible reviews for plagiarizing jokes from a dead comedian. Over the last few years, Schumer has seen a lot of success between; Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck and her HBO stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo. She has had a fair share of trouble, though, with some accusing her comedy as divisive.
The video below compares two of Schumer’s bits with old jokes told by Dave Attell and Dave Chappelle. They’re quite similar.
Recently, Amy Schumer told a joke “Has anyone ever blacked and been awake when they come out of it? It’s kind of cool cause you’re like a time traveler, and you’re just like, back in your body.”
In a 2003 set, Attell told the joke, “Do you ever black out while drinking, or as I call it time travel.”
Then in 2005, Dave Chappelle made a joke about having sex and his partner telling him “where to come.” Then he pointed to comical locations to shoot the cum, like on the TV and in a fish bowl. Schumer’s bit was very similar except she said, “in this jar.”
In both instances, the Schumer variations were objectively less funny.
This isn’t the first time Schumer has been called out for stealing jokes. She has done bits in her stand up that are very similar to Patrice O’Neal, John Mulaney and Marc Maron. Some of the sketches from her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer were also almost direct rip-offs to Mad TV sketches and Kathleen Madigan bits. YouTube is riddled with instances of these kinds of “similarities.”
While some stand-up comedians were run out of town (Carlos Mencia) or publicly shamed (Dane Cook), Schumer has managed to weather the storm of accusations and build an exponentially successful career.