Conan O’Brien sued for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter

A man from Seattle claims that the chat show host has reworked four jokes from his Twitter feed

Conan O’Brien is being sued for allegedly stealing jokes from Twitter.

Robert Kaseberg, a man from San Diego, has accused the US chat show host of reworking four jokes that originally appeared on his personal blog and Twitter feeds. Kaseberg has filed a lawsuit against the comedian, his writing team and his network TBS.

The jokes allegedly stolen by O’Brien relate to Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady, the discomfort of air travel and the Washington Monument. Kaseberg claims that he tweeted the following joke on February 17, several hours before a similar gag became part of O’Brien’s opening monologue on his chat show: “The Washington Monument is 10 inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage.”

On his show that evening, O’Brien told the audience: “Surveyors announced that the Washington Monument is 10 inches shorter than what’s been recorded. Of course, the monument is blaming the shrinkage on the cold weather.”

However, a representative for Conaco, the production company owned by O’Brien which makes his chat show, has denied any wrongdoing, telling The Hollywood Reporter: “We at Conaco firmly believe there is no merit to this lawsuit.”