Amy Schumer Shuts Down Joke Theft Accusations: ‘I Will Literally Take A Polygraph’

Amy Schumer
is coming to her own defense.

The
“Trainwreck” star addressed allegations of joke theft on Wednesday,
in response to a recent mashup video that compares her material to the work of
other comedians.

In an
interview with Jim Norton’s Sirius XM radio show, Amy said she intended to put
the issue to rest once and for all and explained why it would be “so
stupid” to lift punchlines from her colleagues. 

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“I’m getting accused of stealing
jokes and I wanted to come and talk to you about it and clear my name because I
would never ever do that and never have,” she told the host, listing off her
multiple projects as a reason she has to “be so careful” during her
creative process.

“I have to come up with so much
material for my TV show, this movie, stand-up,” she continued, adding,
“I will literally take a polygraph.”

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The
34-year-old “Inside Amy Schumer” star specifically acknowledged the
video’s claims regarding comedian Tammy Pescatelli.

“I think this is Tammy trying to get something going,” Amy
said, adding that the other women mentioned in the clip — Kathleen Madigan and Wendy Liebman — “know” her and “don’t believe” she would appropriate their
work.

“I think [Tammy] is upset I blocked
her on Twitter a couple years ago because she was unkind to my best friend,
Rachel Feinstein, and I didn’t like how she treated Rachel,” Amy recalled.
“I don’t think she’s got much going on, this is my guess. I think people
get upset by success.” 

Amy went on
to say that she hasn’t taken take the accusations “personally,” and
clarified that she may not have the “amazing life” others could
assume she does since achieving breakout success. 

“I
don’t think I’m any happier than I was when I was waiting tables,” she
said. 

— Erin Biglow

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