Conan O'Brien is being sued for stealing jokes off Twitter
Conan O'Brien is in hot water and could end up paying thousands in compensation if the claims of Robert Kaseberg are proven to be correct.
Robert Kaseberg, a freelance comedian from San Diego, has filed a lawsuit against Conan O'Brien citing four specific jokes from Twitter that he tweeted before similar jokes were used by Conan in his monologues.
The first joke Kaseberg is claiming was stolen is:
"A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight."
The same day, Conan said on his show:
"On Monday, a Delta flight from Cleveland to New York took off with just 2 passengers. Yet somehow, they spent the whole flight fighting over the armrest."
Kaseberg is also claiming the following tweet was plagiarized:
"The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage."
Afterwards Conan said:
"Surveyors announced that the Washington Monument is 10 inches shorter than what’s been recorded. Of course, the monument is blaming the shrinkage on the cold weather."
Two other jokes feature in the complaint, one about Caitlyn Jenner and the other about Tom Brady for which the comedian is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
The production company behind Conan told The Hollywood Reporter: "We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.".
Hat-tip to The Independent