Presumably super smart Ivy League dingleberry rips off Patton Oswalt

By | May 25, 2010 at 10:06 pm | 3 comments | News, Opinion | Tags: , ,

Patton OswaltPatton Oswalt has been ripped off— again!

On April 30 – not even a month ago – Oswalt blogged on his MySpace page about a “comedian” named Nick Madson who stole a large portion of his material, including the bit “Physics For Poets.” The online comedy community went ape shit.

After Oswalt’s second exhaustive post about the incident on May 1 you’d think people would heed Oswalt’s words. It seems Brian Corman, the valedictorian of Columbia University, didn’t get the message.

In Corman’s speech to his graduating class he recited Oswalt’s “Physics For Poets” — which appears on Oswalt’s 2007 album Werewolves and Lollipops — bit verbatim without giving any credit to the real writer. (You can watch the ass clown’s rendition here). So, today, Patton took to his Twitter feed saying, “Congrats to Columbia University valedictorian Brian Corman! Great speech” and added a link to the YouTube video of the Columbia University graduation.

The online comedy community went ape shit—again. And for good reason.

The video mysteriously became “private” so that the general public could no longer view it. A few hours later the video was back up, only this time with this statement posted by Columbia University across the screen. It looked like this; note Patton’s last name spelled wrong on second reference (The school has since corrected their error).

Columbia University

Later in the day, Patton updated his MySpace blog, saying: “Brian Corman apologized to me. Flat-out admitted his thievery, his stupidity. Owned it all. Good man. Still makes me wonder what he might have done to become valedictorian — I mean, if he’s willing to steal material for something as inconsequential as a speech, how rubbery did his boundaries become when his GPA and future career were on the line? Oh well.”

In an early afternoon New York Times post, Oswalt summed up the problem of joke thievery perfectly: “In people’s heads they think that comedians can’t possibly make up their own material,” he said. “They must get it out of joke books.”

So on behalf of all of us at Punchline Magazine: Fuck you, Brian Corman, and your severe lack of respect for stand-up comedy as an art form. We hope this massive error in judgment follows you to your first job interview and far beyond.

UPDATE: 5/26/10, 12:15 pm EST

Columbia University has issued a slightly updated statement. They’ve asked us to include it in this post. It’s after the jump. Enjoy!

It has come to our attention that a portion of our Valedictorian’s remarks at this year’s School of General Studies Class Day was taken from a comedy routine by Patton Oswalt. As an institution of higher learning that places a core value on respect for the works of others, we were surprised and disappointed to have learned of this matter today. Columbia University and the School of General Studies do not condone or permit the use of someone else’s work without proper citation. The student speaker has appropriately issued an apology to his classmates and to Mr. Oswalt for failing to provide such attribution.

Peter J. Awn
Dean
Columbia University School of General Studies

The School of General Studies of Columbia University is a liberal arts college in the United States created specifically for students with nontraditional backgrounds seeking a rigorous, traditional, Ivy League undergraduate degree full- or part-time. GS students take the same courses, with the same faculty, and earn the same degree as all other Columbia undergraduates. This year’s class of 230 graduating seniors participated in its Class Day ceremony on May 16 where the school’s valedictory was delivered. Two days later they joined some 12,000 other new Columbia graduates at the University’s main commencement exercises which do not include student or guest speakers.

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  • 6 100

    Plagiary at an ivy league school? Whodathunkit?

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    It’s like a perverse way to discover you’re popular

  • Travesty

    Oh wow, what a fucktard!

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