Friday, November 20, 2009

The (in)famous email exchange

I've found again the email exchange between me and Luttazzi which took place in the time span across 12/03/2006-13/03/2006, and which was mentioned in the article "Luttazzi Plagiarizes!".

This email exchange is very important, also because lately Luttazzi started talking about defamation crime regarding plagiarism charges. His version is that, since he mentioned the "treasure hunt" for the fans in a post dated 2005 in his blog (and now he adds even an interview on radio2 in 1992), thus now it can't be said that he plagiarizes.
First off, the "treasure hunt" thing is not a magic hocus-pocus which allows you to plagiarize hundreds of jokes written by other comedians. Second off, what has the mentioned "treasure hunt" to do with plagiarism? Plagiarism is the "unauthorized use of work of another author". Has Luttazzi obtained the authorization from Hicks, Carlin, Schimmel, Philips etc. to use their jokes in his shows/books without even mentioning the source? No!
Thus, it remains unauthorized use. Only Luttazzi knows what defamation crime has to do with it.

The following email exchange is enlightening, because it took place in 2006 and it burns to ashes the "treasure hunt" concept (which, I repeat, has nothing to do with the plagiarism charges anyway).

The following email was sent by me to Luttazzi on 12/03/2006.


Hello Daniele,

lately I discovered Emo Philips and his jokes. Here are some:

"Well, I've always wanted a wife, and she's always wanted to be a citizen..."

"I used to think the brain was the most fascinating part of the body. Then I thought, Look what's telling me that."

"Houses make strange noises at night like creak, groan and "Emo, I'm going to kill you." ...So I remembered what my mother told me, "Whenever you feel afraid just whistle a happy tune... [whistling] ...then I felt a hand around my throat and a voice said, "Thanks. I thought I'd never find you in the dark.""

"People come up to me and say, "Emo, do people really come up to you?""

“I ran three miles today. Finally I said, "Lady take your purse."”

And Drew Carey:

“You know that look women get when they want sex? Me neither”

Uhm, could you explain why these jokes show up in your monologues?

[my signature]

Luttazzi's answer: 13/03/2006 ----------------------

Dear [my name],

many american comedians have jokes of mine, from the time I collaborate with Comedy Central and HBO. The last one is Jay Leno, who the last month said 10 jokes from Tabloid conveniently changed for the US audience. ( Comedians have an internation congregation, as there is one for the magicians. How do you get to join it? They find you. To me it happened after "Barracuda". )

Good day.


p.s.: the joke you attribute to Drew Carey was actually for another comedian, who gave it to him.

My reply: 13/03/2006 --------------------------------

Dear Daniele,

I'm sorry for my initial astonishment, I had no idea that there was an international congregation. But this proves that you deserve the place in my personal Hall of Fame of the greatest comedians of all time. [...]

Thanks for your answer, I know you're busy and that many people write you.
You're always very nice person, both in real life and here on the internet (even when you answered me about a quotation from a poem by Cummings in "adenoidi").


[my signature]


I can prove that this email exchange took place on a technical IT level. Anyway, Luttazzi's answer goes beyond any sort of fabrication. He doesn't explicitly lie, of course not, but what would you think after reading his answer to my email?

In fact, in the later email exchange reported in the article he says:

"I excuse myself then if with my answer I made you misunderstand. My american correspondence is with authors of comedy tv shows. With them I exchange ideas and jokes. I've never said that I did it with Philips though, neither do I know what the americans do with my jokes, even though Jay Leno says every once in a while"

Yes, he made me misunderstand. That's the correct expression.

But where's the "treasure hunt"? He forgot about it. And he forgot about it even after my reply where I, pathetic fool, even apologize and make him compliments.


Anonymous said...

Adesso la domanda è: "quante delle prossime battute che dirà Luttazzi saranno prese dalla sua Palestra?"
Che dite, iniziate a fare anche questa ricerca?

Sback said...

@ anonimo
Mi dispiace ma quel lavoro è impossibile da farsi! Per il semplice motivo che le battute che vengono pubblicate non sono che la punta dell'iceberg! non sapremo mai se DL ha ricevuto battute fantastiche che ha deciso di non pubblicare per tenerle per se e per i suoi futuri monologhi!
Una cosa è certa (spero), non sentiremo mai DL dire in un monologo una battuta pubblicata sulla palestra scritta da un fan, altrimenti perderebbe quel fan!
...a meno che il fatto che si sia fatto dare i dati degli autori non gli serva per sapere in che città vivono e quindi in quale città è libero di usare le loro batutte senza rischiare il linciaggio! :D (quest'ultima era ovviamente un'osservazione per ridere...o no!?)