Seriously!? Two times in the same month? Geeze, Patton sorry to hear about this.
Just a few weeks ago Patton Oswalt posted a pretty lengthy diatribe on his blog about a comedian that blatantly ripped his material off. Now it’s happened all over again.
This time around it was Brian Corman the valedictorian for Columbia University who lifted Patton’s bit “Physics For Poets” and used the bit in his graduation speech. Upon Patton finding this information he took to Twitter with the statement “Congrats to Columbia University valedictorian Brian Corman! Great speech” along with the link to the Youtube clip of the speech.
This obviously and rightfully so sent fans into a frenzy, and the clip was later re-posted with a disclaimer by the University that read.
“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. Until today we were unaware of this conflict and as an institution of higher learning that upholds the highest standard of respect for the works of others, we are deeply distressed that this has occurred. Columbia University and the School of General Studies do not condone or permit the use of someone else’s work without proper attribution. Mr. Corman has issued an apology to Patton Oswald.” – School Of General Studies May 25, 2010″
Oswalt later took to his blog with a picture of the Columbia statement pointing out the obvious misspelling of his name and hastily put together response then asking the question, “did the salutatorian smash a watermelon?”
The response has since been cleaned up a bit with Patton’s name was spelled correctly. Fast forward to the 38:30 mark for the part in question.
Stealing of another comedian’s material is pretty much the ultimate sin in comedy and we have to give props to Patton for giving those that nab his stuff hell.