Patton Oswalt tells HBO’s VICE about joke thievery
In case you missed it, HBO’s VICE News recently took a look at joke theft through the prism of an ongoing lawsuit by a Twitter user named Robert Alex Kaseberg, who alleges Conan O’Brien and his Team Coco staff on TBS stole jokes from him for use in his monologues. VICE News didn’t ... [Read More]
The ACLU Defends John Oliver Against Coal CEO Bob Murray: “Anyone Can Legally Say ‘Eat Shit, Bob!'”
Back in June, news broke that Murray Energy Corporation CEO Bob Murray filed a lawsuit against John Oliver and Last Week Tonight after the HBO show aired a segment about Murray and the coal industry. In the lawsuit, Murray – who has a history of being very litigious when he’s covere... [Read More]
John Oliver Is Being Sued by the Coal Company CEO He Said Would Sue Him
John Oliver devoted most of last week’s episode of Last Week Tonight to the coal industry and Trump’s empty promises to bring miners’ jobs back, and he took some time to single out Murray Energy Corporation CEO Bob Murray, who sent the show its first cease and desist letter and thr... [Read More]
Hung jury results in Cosby mistrial; prosecutors vow to try comedy legend again for sexual assault
After all these years, the first criminal trial charging comedy legend Bill Cosby with drugging and molesting at least one woman against her will has ended quicker than anyone expected in a mistrial. The trial began June 5, went to the jury after a six-minute defense, and ended Saturday after the ju... [Read More]
Conan O’Brien Might Be Headed to Trial Over Joke Theft Allegations
Accusations of joke theft are a common occurrence in the comedy world, but something that’s not a common occurrence — taking a joke theft accusation to trial — might happen soon to TBS host Conan O’Brien. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a federal judge has ruled that O&r... [Read More]
Harry Shearer on His ‘Spinal Tap’ Lawsuit and Hollywood Greed: “We Love What We Do, and They Know It”
Last year, Harry Shearer filed a $125 million lawsuit against Vivendi, the French movie distributor that owns the rights to 1984’s This Is Spinal Tap, for paying Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Rob Reiner less than $200 in revenue from the film over a 30-year period. Guest, McK... [Read More]
Harry Shearer sues Vivendi, StudioCanal to pay back $125 million to creators of Spinal Tap
How selfish could Vivendi and StudioCanal be over the profits from 32 years of This Is Spinal Tap? The answer is none. None more selfish. Harry Shearer, who created the fictional yet real metal band Spinal Tap alongside comedians Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, then brought it to life with dir... [Read More]
Harry Shearer sues Vivendi, StudioCanal to pay back $125 million to creators of Spinal Tap
How selfish could Vivendi and StudioCanal be over the profits from 32 years of This Is Spinal Tap? The answer is none. None more selfish. Harry Shearer, who created the fictional yet real metal band Spinal Tap alongside comedians Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, then brought it to life with dir... [Read More]
Harry Shearer sues Vivendi, StudioCanal to pay back $125 million to creators of Spinal Tap
How selfish could Vivendi and StudioCanal be over the profits from 32 years of This Is Spinal Tap? The answer is none. None more selfish. Harry Shearer, who created the fictional yet real metal band Spinal Tap alongside comedians Christopher Guest and Michael McKean, then brought it to life with dir... [Read More]
Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal orders Mike Ward to pay $42,000 to family of singer he mocked
A human rights tribunal in Quebec has ordered comedian Mike Ward to pay $42,000 in "moral and punitive damages" to singer Jérémy Gabriel and Gabriel's mother, following a complaint made back in 2012 about jokes Ward had made regarding Gabriel. Ward announced the ruling Wednesday n... [Read More]