Friday, January 22, 2016

1/22/2016 10:34:00 PM

There has been so much talk about joke stealing this week, dating back to Cosby and Prior. It's a crazy thing, and it's interesting how different comics deal with things in different ways.

In this segment Louis talks about a bit that he did when he was really young, Denis Leary was hosting the show he was on, started riffing on his bit...and eventually started doing the bit himself, and turned it into a hit song.

The amazing thing is that Louis never said anything about it. He said he was "tired" of it and felt like he had "out grown" it. It's interesting to see how he dealt with that versus what we're seeing right now with Amy Schumer, and what we saw a few years ago with Carlos Mencia.

Of course, that doesn't mean he still doesn't have issues with it. Check it out.

Here's what Denis said to The Daily Beast about the allegations.

Listen, I think Louis still believes in his mind whatever this night was in Boston where I came up after him and did this bit—which I don’t remember, and he claims to remember. Nick DiPaolo was also there—who is one of his best friends—and said, “I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about!” And Nicky was the guy who stepped in when he mouthed off the first time seven years ago, which he didn’t say to me. He was the guy who mouthed off and said, “You’re out of your fuckin’ mind, dude,” because he knows Chris Phillips, who co-wrote the “Asshole” song with me. So when Louis said he wrote the “Asshole” song, I was like, “Dude, you’re losin’ your fuckin’ mind.”

Not that both sides don't have the right to tell their own versions of the story, however this isn't the first time that Denis was accused of stealing material. Allegedly, his act was mostly stolen from Bill Hicks for his special "No Cure for Cancer." According to sources, Bill himself believed that Denis not only stole material, but his persona as well.

I never knew that until now. Not that it matters anymore, Denis Leary is known now more for his acting credits and chops than his stand up. I don't think anyone is going to look at history and say that Denis is a stand up comedy legend, with or without lifting material.


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