Friday, September 21, 2007

Air America Host Sues Stephen Colbert

If the New York Times, the Associated Press, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world are going to pick up this story, we certainly aren’t going to ignore it.

By now you’ve probably heard about Cenk Uygur’s (pronounced Jenk YOO-gurr) $65 million law suit against comedian Stephen Colbert.

Uygur is the host of a lightly distributed morning show on the Air America Radio Network called the Young Turks. The show should be called the "Young Turk", because over the past few months the two other "Turks" have left – Ben Mankiewicz to pursue a hosting assignment on the AMC cable channel and Jill Pike, who realized that she was just too good looking for a career in radio.

Uygur, who has been doing the show solo for past few weeks, probably got bored and thought of doing something outrageous. So he decided to sue Colbert, who hosts the popular Colbert Report on Comedy Central, for allegedly stealing one of his jokes. Here’s how Uygur described the caper in a press release on Wednesday.

Cenk Uygur, host of Air America’s morning show "The Young Turks" is suing Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report" for $65 million. Mr. Uygur charges that Mr. Colbert has stolen his jokes on many occasions, but he can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that his "Klingon joke" of September 7th was directly pilfered by Mr. Colbert and recycled on his September 11th program on Comedy Central. Mr. Uygur is considering adding Comedy Central, MTV Networks, Viacom, Bus Boy Productions, the head of Bus Boy Productions, Jon Stewart, to his lawsuit. Anyone and everyone related to stealing the aforementioned joke should "lawyer up" according to Mr. Uygur.

Uygur also posted a video containing the joke, which was first told by him on the Young Turks radio show and later performed by Colbert on his TV show.


Anonymous said...

If Cenk is serious about the lawsuit he will never again be taken seriously as a political analyst.

Anonymous said...

You have GOT to be kidding... That's just silly. You're right, shoreke, he'll never be taken seriously again. I sure deplore what he has done, and I used to be a fan.

NYLefty said...

Of course he's NOT serious. It's a joke!

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Postal said...

Stealing a joke from Cenk Uygur is like stealing a car from the junkyard; Colbert's only crime would be bad taste.

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