Conan O’Brien is facing a lawsuit after being accused of stealing jokes and he says it makes him “physically ill”.
“Accusing a comedian of stealing a joke is the worst thing you can accuse them of, in my opinion, short of murder,” he said in a deposition last September and released in court papers last Friday. “I think it’s absolutely terrible.”
In 2014 Robert “Alex” Kaseberg filed lawsuit against O’Brien and his employees of his company Conaco. He has claimed Conan used five of his jokes which he posted in his blog in a monologue in his show Conan.
These joked were about Tom Brady, the quarterback that everyone has been talking about after winning the Super Bowl. These jokes were referring to however, his fourth Super Bowl win in 2014.
Conan’s team also stated that he “unsuccessfully tried to leverage his accusations into a job writing for Conan,” and state that his copyright infringement claims are “completely frivolous.”
Kaseberg’s claim of copyright on the jokes isn’t too strong. The defendants papers even go into detail of how the monologues of the late night show is created going through multiple rounds.
When the lawsuit was originally filed, O’Brien sidekick Andy Richter, joked, “Oh no, we’ve been found out!!”
He also tweeted, “There’s no possible way more than one person could have concurrently had these same species-elevating insights! THESE TAKES ARE TOO HOT!”