Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Boy survives two-hour flight to Moscow hanging onto plane wing

Well, it's gotta be better than flying coach.

Stephen Colbert Sued Over Possible Pilfered Joke


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.