'Comedian' Denis Leary found fame shortly before the death of Bill Hicks with a remarkably similar act. Leary's demeanor, his choice of topics and, according to some, even the jokes themselves all owed an enormous debt to Hicks. The controversy prompted one of my favourite quotes from Hicks:
I have a scoop for you. I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did.
Anyway, a great video clip has been doing the rounds which shows Leary getting slapped down by a comic called Greg Giraldo. It's actually quite old - the show it comes from aired between 2002 and 2004 - but it's still amusing to watch Leary grope around for a smart comeback and failing miserably: [youtube]d_AKZPMwdhE[/youtube]
I love the fact that the best response Leary can think of is to accuse Giraldo of writing his jokes. I guess he finds the idea of a comedian who writes his own material utterly baffling.