Columbia Valedictorian Admits Plagiarizing Comic

His 'Physics for Poets' sounded familiar to Patton Oswalt
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2010 6:05 PM CDT

Another day, another commencement gaffe. Columbia's valedictorian has apologized for lifting part of his speech—a jokey riff on attending a class called Physics for Poets—from comedian Patton Oswalt, probably best known for his King of Queens supporting role. (See videos for comparisons.)

Oswalt called out Brian Corman on Twitter for plagiarism, and both the student and the school subsequently apologized, notes Gawker. “In people’s heads they think that comedians can’t possibly make up their own material,” Oswalt tells the New York Times. “They're like, 'I can just take it. He didn't make it up.'" (More Columbia stories.)

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