Why It’s Rarely Easy to Prove Joke Theft in the Legal World

  • Variety
Why It’s Rarely Easy to Prove Joke Theft in the Legal World
How far would you go to defend a dirty joke about having sex with a pumpkin?

Comedians Ryan Hoffman and Nick Ruggia spoke with Variety about their claims that recent “Saturday Night Live” segments “Pumpkin Patch” and “Pound Puppy” plagiarized two of their sketches that were uploaded years earlier to the YouTube channel for their comedy troupe Temple Horses.

They consulted a lawyer and sent NBC a letter detailing the similarities in the work but were told that after an internal investigation, no wrongdoing was found. Feeling as though they had little legal recourse, they took to the press.

“For the record, we don’t want to be talking to you — no offense,” Hoffman told Variety. “We’re doing this because we tried to handle this in a professional and quiet manner, and it didn’t work to our satisfaction, so it’s not like we want to be out here burning down the world.
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