Comedy writer Robert Alexander Kaseberg filed a lawsuit accusing Conan O'Brien of stealing his jokes. Kaseberg claims O’Brien used jokes taken from the writer’s Twitter feed and his personal blog.
According to Mashable, the complaint filed in a California federal court, “targets TBS; Time Warner Inc.; Conaco, O'Brien's production company; Conan executive producer Jeff Ross; and Conan head writer Mike Sweeney.” The suit alleges that O’Brien used four jokes in his monologues without citation that Kaseberg previously published online. Kaseberg says he dismissed the first two instances as coincidence, but after the third "there [was] no possibility of a coincidence." In a statement, Conaco said: "We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.”
To be honest, at least on of the jokes in question does appear theft: "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." OK, we’d be pretty upset, too. Discuss
A guy named Jeremy Telford created a 65-foot-long, 35-foot-high balloon animal because, after all, this is a free country. It took him four days to build the world’s most iconic balloon creation: the wiener dog. The massive latex dachshund includes 8,867 balloons and weighs about 180 pounds. And, really, it’s awesome. Discuss
Aziz Ansari is headed back to television. Along with some updates about its new original programming, Netflix announced today that Aziz Ansari’s upcoming sitcom Master of None will drop on Nov. 6. The 10-episode series is somewhat based on Ansari’s real life: The show follows a 30-year-old actor in New York City named Dev, who struggles with chronic indecision. Tom Haverford fans have reason to be hopeful: One of the show’s executive producers is the co-creator of Parks Rec, Michael Schur. Discuss