5 Lunchtime Links: Amy Schumer denies joke stealing

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Amy Schumer accepts the Critics’ Choice MVP award at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Amy Schumer accepts the Critics’ Choice MVP award at the 21st annual Critics' Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Amy Schumer accepts the Critics’ Choice MVP award at the 21st annual Critics’ Choice Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

1. Amy Schumer denies joke-stealing allegations.

Comedian Amy Schumer has adamantly denied allegations that she has stolen material, made in a video comparing her jokes to several other comedians. The “Trainwreck” star went as far as to vow to take a polygraph test to prove both her innocence and original comedic aptitude. “I will literally take a polygraph. And I just would never do that. That would be so stupid for me to do that,” Schumer said. The video alleges that Schumer stole jokes written by comedians Kathleen Madigan, Wendy Liebman, Tammy Pescatelli, and Patrice O’Neal. Of Pescatelli, Schumer said, “I think this is Tammy’s trying to get something going,” after confirming both Madigan and Liebman believe Schumer didn’t steal their material.

2. Keep track of your festivals with official festival guide.

How do you keep track of the insane number of festivals taking over parks, venues and any empty field in Austin most weekends of the year? Our 2016 festival guide! The guide breaks down the festivals by month and provides much need information like ticket prices, location and dates. We all know what to expect with major festivals like SXSW and ACL, but what about April’s Texas VegFest? And Classic Game Fest which celebrates retro video games?

3. John Legend, Juanes team up for prison performance.

An unlikely pair, Grammy winners John Legend and Columbian singer Juanes teamed up Wednesday to perform outside an Arizona prison to draw attention to mass incarceration and immigration issues. Both Legend and Juanes played two of their own songs separately and together performed a rendition of Bob Marley’s “Redemption Song.” While the performance, which later aired on “Good Morning America,” was originally intended for inmates to hear, it was later revealed they were not permitted to leave their cells to listen to the concert. Juanes spoke during the performance to say he intended to “give a voice to those who don’t have one.”

4. Two Austin pups to play in Puppy Bowl XII.

Animal Planet’s twelfth annual Puppy Bowl, the adorable alternative to the Super Bowl, will feature two of our very own. Poppy and Hailey, both housed at the Austin Animal Center, will be among 80 puppies from 40 shelters across 25 states. The puppies all range in age from 12 to 24 weeks and include a large variety of breeds. Poppy a lost and never recovered poodle mix, and Hailey a terrier mix with a leg injury, are sure to represent us well!

5. Looking ahead for Valentine’s Day plans?

Or just planning a romantic date night for the upcoming weekend? Check out Matthew Odam’s list of restaurants that offer just the right amount of ambiance (and light) to set the mood for your date-night. Consider Asti Trattoria, Hyde Park’s secret corner of sophistication, or splitting a Neopolitan pie at San Jacinto Blvd.’s cozy Backspace. Whatever love nest of a restaurant you land on it’s important not to forget dessert.


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