It’s safe to say that Amy Schumer has had a pretty tough week.
The 34-year-old was accused of stealing jokes in a shock Twitter exchange, with three other female comedians alleging that she’d borrowed material for her TV show, stand-up gigs and hit film Trainwreck. Eek.
This began when comic Wendy Liebman wrote in a (now-deleted) Tweet: ‘Between Amy Schumer doing 1 of my best jokes on her HBO special and this meme of my joke, I’m done with social media.’
This reportedly led to a conversation (also now deleted) between three comics, one being Tammy Pescatelli.
In a series of messages, Tammy claimed that Amy had used one of her quips in Trainwreck, writing: ‘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.’
After hearing these claims, Amy was understandably keen to reassure fans that wires had been crossed.
She Tweeted: ‘On my life, I have never and would never steal a joke,’ before reiterating on Sirius XM’s Jim Norton Advice Show: ‘I just would never do that. That would be so stupid for me to do that.’
Happily, it seems as though the ladies have managed to smooth things over since then.
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Tammy appeared on Jim Norton’s show yesterday to clear up a few things, admitting that she thought she’d gone ‘too far’ with her Tweets.
She said: ‘I went too deep. It went too far, and for that, I’m super apologetic.
‘I was the last to the party and I drank the most and was the loudest. I probably should have just stayed out of it and kept my mouth shut.
‘It is probably parallel thinking, that does happen. She has every right to be mad,’ adding that she originally thought it was a writer who lifted the joke.