Jerry Seinfeld Accuses 'The Lego Movie' of Plagiarizing Him

On Twitter yesterday morning, Jerry Seinfeld accused the folks behind The Lego Movie of stealing his material: "I think Lego Movie stole my Superman has issues with Green Lantern bit from Amex Seinfeld and Superman webisode. Anyone else catch that?" Seinfeld is referring to a pair of web commercials for American Express he did in 2004 in which he starred with an animated Superman.

Bee Movie auteur Seinfeld added a jab at The Lego Movie itself, writing, "Also loved Lego Movie. A story would have been a nice added touch, though…" and "I'm glad they did. It was a fun bit. #legomymaterial."

The similarities between Seinfeld's Superman/Green Lantern [...]

Cleveland Comedy Troupe Accuses Conan of Ripping Off a Bit He Didn't Write

Comedy plagiarism accusations! They're always so much fun and never make the accuser look like a petty, self-aggrandizing jackass. The latest has sketch troupe Last Call Cleveland accusing Conan O'Brien of ripping off their dueling stand-ups bit a couple of weeks ago when Jon Dore and Rory Scovel performed a very similar act. The problem? Conan had nothing to do with that bit, and it's actually pretty different than Last Call's.

Did E! Rip Off 'Nikki and Sara Live'?

Earlier today, Nikki Glaser sent a sad tweet out to her followers: "So, @ENews blatantly stole a bit from my old MTV show. It feels really shitty." Glaser included a clip from Nikki and Sara Live, the 2013 talk show she co-hosted with Sara Schaefer, in which a counter dings every time the ladies touch a celebrity on the red carpet at the MTV Movie Awards. It's a move they dubbed the "gentle arm touch" to make fun of E!'s annoying need to get buddy-buddy with famous people, but it seems like E! may have hijacked this bit for their own gain. So did E! blatantly steal this [...]

Bill Maher Accuses The Onion of Stealing a Joke They Did Six Months Before Him

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I see The Onion stole my placenta joke that I did in Feb 2010 HBO specialless than a minute ago via OpenBeak Favorite Retweet ReplyBill Maherbillmaher

Hey guys, maybe we should cool it with the accusations of joke plagiarism? It's pretty obvious that people come up with the same ideas separately sometimes, be they tiny hats or whatever else. And when you [...]

Let's All Agree to Never Make Videos In Which People Say the Same Thing Simultaneously Again

Oh good, here's another case of comedians accusing someone of stealing their simple, uncomplicated idea that has probably been done dozens of times before and after they did it. This time it's sketch duo Pete and Brian accusing McDonalds of ripping off their bit for an ad. Hey, two people talking at the same time! Again! They're even talking about lawyering up!