Amy Schumer Caught Stealing More Jokes for Netflix Stand Up Special
Quote:Amy Schumer’s latest Netflix special, The Leather Special, has been slammed with poor reviews calling it “horribly unfunny.” But it also is getting hit with an even more career damaging accusation: joke stealing.
In the video below, two of Schumer’s bits are compared with old jokes told by Dave Attell and Dave Chappelle, and they appear quite similar.
In a 2003 set, Attell told the joke, “Do you ever black out while drinking, or as I call it time travel.”
Amy Schumer’s joke was “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.”
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 ***, 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.
RE: Amy Schumer Caught Stealing More Jokes for Netflix Stand Up Special
I don't think she consciously steals jokes like Mencia did. It's just that her comedy is so unoriginal. She just stumbles upon similar subjects where the punchline is always somewhat obvious. Her themes are: lady parts, weight gain, drunkenness, and sex. All of those are well worn paths in comedy. She doesn't have the skill to subvert the obvious, which is something that Ellen Degeneres would've been able to do with her eyes closed.
It's the same with some rappers. You follow a predictable rhyme and rhythm scheme long enough and the punchlines become more and more obvious. The great ones can unsettle your expectations, which makes the listening experience better.
(This post was last modified: 03-18-2017 03:28 PM by nomad2u2001.)