Conan O’Brien is heading to court, and a joke centered around Tom Brady is apparently a reason why.
The late-night talk show host is being sued by comedy writer Alex Kaseberg for alleged joke theft after similar versions of Kaseberg’s jokes turned up on O’Brien’s show, one of them involving Brady, who was named MVP after the Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.
The suit alleges that on the morning of Feb. 3, 2015, Kaseman posted the following on Twitter and his blog: “Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.”
A writer for O’Brien’s show submitted a joke which O’Brien later used in a monologue. “Tom Brady said he wants to give the truck that he was given as Super Bowl MVP … to the guy who won the Super Bowl for the Patriots. Which is very nice. I think that’s nice. I do. Yes. So Brady’s giving his truck to Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.”
Brady gave his truck to teammate Malcolm Butler, whose interception on Seattle’s controversial final pass play sealed the game, and the Seahawks were roasted afterward for not giving the ball to Marshawn Lynch.
No truck was officially awarded this year, when Brady won MVP again, but O’Brien gave one to running back James White on his show. O’Brien is a Patriots fan.
Kaseberg claims in his lawsuit, filed in California federal court, that O’Brien infringed on the copyright of five of his jokes.