Have you heard the joke about the internet-connected fridge that sent so many text messages it was like having a nagging partner? It might not leave y

It’s no joke: standups in legal row over ‘stolen’ comedy routine

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2021-09-24 15:00:19

Have you heard the joke about the internet-connected fridge that sent so many text messages it was like having a nagging partner?

It might not leave you in stitches but it is at the centre of a potentially landmark legal case between two standup comedians over who owns the rights to a comedy routine – and whether it’s possible to prove in a British court that a performer has stolen material from a rival.

When up-and-coming comedian Kae Kurd performed a short routine on ITV’s Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club last September, he gained highly valuable exposure on national television. Kurd told a series of jokes in which he explains to a salesperson that he doesn’t want to buy a smart fridge because it would be needy and harangue him with text messages when he goes on a night out.

“I’m not married for a reason … I don’t want to be out with the lads, suddenly I get a message, and my friends are like ‘is that the fridge again?’” Kurd said to laughter from the crowd, as Ross looked on from the side of the stage.

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