Talk show host Conan O’Brien accused of stealing jokes.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It’s no laughing matter. Conan O’Brien is accused of stealing jokes.

A federal judge is letting an unusual lawsuit proceed on a trio of jokes O’Brien claims were originals.

A San Diego writer accuses the late-show host of plagiarizing punchlines on Caitlyn Jenner, Tom Brady and the Washington Monument.

Robert Alexander Kaseberg says he posted jokes online in 2014 and 2015 that O’Brien later repeated almost verbatim on his “Conan” show on TBS.

University of Virginia law professor Dotan Oliar says comics are often accused of stealing material, but it rarely leads to court. Most disputes are settled amicably backstage.

The judge says Kaseberg’s one-liners are entitled to “thin copyright protection.”

A judge or jury could decide if a theft occurred if it goes to trial. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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