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Kapil Sharma, A.K.A. The Worst Thing To Happen To Indian Comedy, Is Now Being Accused Of Plagiarism

"When someone lifts a joke from me, it's as good as stealing from my house. It's unethical, disgusting, and just plain and simple wrong." – Standup Comedian Abijit Ganguly.

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On April 9, standup comedian Abijit Ganguly uploaded a bit that he has been performing around India for three years, about having an elder brother and its effect on budding cricketers.

Abijit Ganguly / Via youtube.com

The video went viral, getting over 2,50,000 views on YouTube in just two weeks.

Keep that joke in mind, because last night, The Kapil Sharma Show celebrated its 100th episode by inviting cricketers from the Indian women's team.

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Now, the show's humour has never been lauded for its smartness, but at least their jokes seemed to be their own, right?

Soon after the episode aired, people started alerting Ganguly to the fact that his joke was plagiarised by Kapil Sharma's writers.

@AbijitG just heard some lines from ur bit Having an Elder Brother on #TKSS.all the fast bowlers have big brother 😂

Ganguly posted a note on Facebook highlighting the theft, pointing out that it couldn't be mere coincidence that they wrote the same joke just a couple of weeks after his video went viral.

Facebook: abijit.ganguly

"I'm a full-time comedian and this is how I earn my bread and butter. When someone lifts a joke from me, it's as good as stealing from my house. It's unethical, disgusting, and just plain and simple wrong," Ganguly told BuzzFeed.

Abhijit Ganguly

"I'm not sure what Kapil or his team plan on doing. All I want is an acknowledgment from them on the same platform that this joke was written by me and lifted by them," he added.

You can check out Ganguly's bit starting at 3:08 here:

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And, at 52:15, you can watch the same joke being used on The Kapil Sharma Show from last night:

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