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Jay Leno sues joke book publisher

by Julia Ward, posted Nov 30th 2006 10:02AM
Jay LenoThe Tonight Show's Jay Leno has filed a suit against comedy teacher Judy Brown. Brown has published 19 "joke books" quoting the routines of stand-up comedians - including Leno. According to the suit, Brown covered the LA comedy scene as a journalist and got the bright idea to record, copy and publish comedians' work for fun and profit. Her titles include The Funny Pages: 1,473 Jokes from Today's Funniest Comedians and Joke Express: Instant Delivery of 1,424 Funny Bits from the Best Comedians.

Plagiarism is obviously frowned upon in all forms of writing, but in stand-up, it's a cardinal sin. (See the Joe Rogan-Carlos Mencia feud, the Louis C.K.-Dane Cook audio comparisons and Studio 60's "West Coast Delay" episode.) Leno's not alone in the suit. Rita Rudner, Jimmy Brogan and several other comedians have joined in to stop Brown for publishing their material without permission. Technically Brown's "work" isn't full-blown plagiarism. She quoted public figures with attribution - however, between the two titles I mentioned, she did that 2,897 times. I'm not sure where the line is between correctly citing a source and profiting off the work of others, but I'm guessing it's somewhere around #342. Seriously, folks, who the hell is buying "joke books" anyway?

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Amanda Adams

Thats's the greedy lech Leno! This rightwing butt-kisser should be on Fox, he'd be a great addition to their nasty, Nazi line-up.
Never mind that Leno got HIS START by guest-hosting for the great Johnny Carson. Has Leno ever,ever had a guest host on HIS SHOW? Never, ever!

How this ugly rightwing schill gets away with insulting and humiliating Hillary Clinton by bashing her husband Bill who hasn't been in office for four wretched, muderous years, I can't imagine!
NBC and his rightwing sponsors should put a stop to his vile, filthy comments about the Clintons. The sponsors should be boycotted.

Arnold's sex life and lies have never bothered stormtrooper Leno, he even has cheering crowds lined up like in Nazi rallys to greet and fawn over the steroided phony. What an abuse of the nation's airwaves!
Oh, yes, then it's OK to be sexual predator if your name is Arnold and Maria is the Virgin Mary, while scumbag Leno feels free to glare up Hillary's skirts.

I could vomit.

December 11 2006 at 6:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
AlysheaNW

There are only two people I can think of that would buy those books, Michael Scott or David Brent.

November 30 2006 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clave

Shouldn't she have ripped off a funny comedian?

November 30 2006 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Guido

Wow .. considering how much Leno has ripped off in his life from Howard Stern and David Letterman, this takes some balls..

November 30 2006 at 10:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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