Comedienne Amy Schumer was seen courtside at game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.
The official NBA twitter account tweeted Amy was with a “fan.”
It turns out that fan wasn’t your average Joe.
Schumer was at the game with superstar comedian Dave Chappelle.
From the Washington Free Beacon:
The NBA on Sunday night tweeted out a GIF of comedienne Amy Schumer with an unidentified “fan,” who happened to be comedian Dave Chappelle, that garnered hilarious responses on social media.
Schumer, the cousin of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), and Chappelle attended game three of the NBA Eastern Conference finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics.
The NBA’s official account tweeted out a GIF of Schumer with her arm around Chappelle pointing at him with the message, “Amy and a fan.”
— NBA (@NBA) May 22, 2017
Twitter did not take too kindly to the NBA identifying Schumer in the tweet but only calling Chappelle a basketball fan.
Even if giving the NBA twitter account the benefit of the doubt, that labeling Chappell an anonymous was a joke, it was a very poorly executed joke.
On the topic of jokes, Schumer has been riddled with charges of joke thievery.
At first, the accusations of joke-stealing could’ve been written off as coincidence, or perhaps pure jealousy. But there seems to be a preponderance of evidence at this point.
BuzzFeed chronicled only a few of the allegations:
Amy Schumer has made a name for herself over the past couple of years as being a pretty original badass comedian.
However, many people are now suggesting that she stole several jokes from the late Patrice O’Neal, as well as from Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and Kathleen Madigan.
In the sketch, Madigan jokes about Oprah being rich enough to hire someone to literally slap food out of her hands in order to lose weight. She says: “I get why poor people are fat, but Oprah, you’re a billionaire. You have enough money to pay a man to stand there and literally slap s*** out of your hand before you put it in your mouth. You could hire a full-time food slapper.”
[In Schumer’s version], Schumer is seen telling a friend about a new weight loss regime she’s following. She says: “It’s a new weight loss programme that takes decision-making out of the equation. First, one of the slap chefs makes you one of their signature dishes, then before you can say ‘Slap Chef’, they slap it out of your hands.” A montage of that happening then follows.
But before long, people across the internet were drawing more comparisons between Schumer’s jokes and the work of other comedians.
People pointed out that following her joke about slapping food out of Oprah’s hands, Madigan goes on to say Oprah could also pay somebody to move her limbs and exercise for her.
She said: “You’re so rich you could pay someone to exercise you. You could just lay there like a baby with cerebral palsy and have people move your legs.”
While after her “Slap Chef” sketch, Schumer jokes about the “Sleep Gym”, where you’re induced into a coma before trainers work your body for you.
A voiceover says: “Sleep Gym is a workout programme where we do all the work. After we induce you into a coma, it’s off to the gym. As the Sleep Gym trainers take your body through strenuous workouts, the increased bloodflow painlessly burns the calories away. You’ll never feel yourself having to do annoying things ever again.”
Schumer’s Netflix special did not do well, and more claims of joke-stealing were levied against her.
Luckily for Schumer, she wasn’t the architect of this bad twitter joke. But unfortunately for her, being juxtaposed with Dave Chappelle in this way isn’t a good look in light of the serious allegations against her.