Well, it's gotta be better than flying coach.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Posted by Mike Stajduhar at 11:42 PM
Stephen Colbert, who for his Comedy Central show created a caricature of “The O’Reilly Factor”’s Bill O’Reilly, is being sued by a talk-show host from floundering radio network Air America.
In an apparent appeal to the Trekkies in his audience, the smirking satirist let loose with a joke in which he compared GOP presidential hopefuls to Klingons because of comments made at a debate in which the candidates said that it was more honorable to win the war than the presidency.
Colbert’s “Star Trek” wisecrack was unleashed on Sept. 11, and the co-host of the “Young Turks” radio show, Cenk Uygur, is alleging in a lawsuit that Colbert stole the joke from a show of his that aired on Sept. 7.
“Look, he's messing with my livelihood,” Uyger said via his show’s Web site.
“That's how I put food on my kids' table. If I had kids, that’s definitely where I would put the food. Plus, my girlfriend won’t have sex with me anymore because she says I’ve lost my sense of humor. I told her I didn’t lose it, it was stolen. I looked it up, they have a legal word for it: It’s called loss of consortium. That means no more hanky-panky, and it costs big time in lawsuit world.”
For his supposed hanky-panky shortfall and hijacked humor injuries Uyger is seeking $65 million in damages. Apparently, he used a recent lawsuit over a pair of pants that were lost by a Washington, D.C. dry cleaners and prompted a local judge to sue for multimillions.
The radio host plaintiff revealed how he calculated the hefty amount. “If a pair of lost pants is worth $65 million, then my jokes are worth a h*** of a lot more.”
Rumor has it that Colbert is thinking about countersuing for $130 million because the joke bombed.
Posted by Mike Stajduhar at 11:09 PM