If you’ve ever been at a frat party or a middle school playground (they’re basically the same thing, right?), you’ve probably heard some dudes doing that hilarious thing where they list off an Urban Dictionary’s worth of sex acts. But not just regular sex acts— ones with funny* names that represent the ways a dude is being shitty to a woman. You know, because comedy.
Amy Schumer ended her new comedy special with some of these, and people are up in arms, not because they “don’t like U.S. history,” but because it’s similar to a bit done by the late and great Patrice O’Neal. Here’s a comparison of the two.
Schumer denies stealing the jokes, saying she’d never heard him do them.
The thing you’re talking about is — Patrice is my really good friend… I never saw him do those jokes. The thought that I would maybe see those jokes and then go, ‘Ooh, I like those, I’m going to close my HBO special with them’ is crazy.Schumer and O’Neal were friends, and this bit sounds like the kind of thing that easily could have come up in a late-night shit-shooting conversation. So maybe they’d talked about some of these together. Or maybe they hadn’t, because the big point here is that Patrice O’Neal didn’t invent these jokes. And Amy Schumer didn’t invent the idea of the Houdini, and she’s not claiming she did. That was the collective doing of some college jerkwads, most likely. And a bunch of other comedians seem to agree.
About @amyschumer thing, a premise is not a joke. And a premise thats part of popular culture is not anybody's. Patrice would agree.— Colin Quinn (@iamcolinquinn) October 20, 2015