This via TMZ; comedian Art Metrano is suing Family Guy for allegedly stealing one of his bits:
Art Metrano, an actor who frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” performing simple magic tricks, is suing the FOX show “Family Guy” for stealing his routine in their animated movie, “Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story.” In the movie, a future version of Stewie Griffin says that he traveled back in time and that Jesus’ abilities may have been exaggerated. The scene then cuts to Jesus performing, Metrano claims, a “comedy routine identical in music, sound and action to Metrano’s act, ‘The Amazing Metrano.’”
Metrano, who played Captain Mauser in two of the “Police Academy” films, filed a lawsuit in federal court yesterday, claiming copyright infringement, among other things, and is seeking in excess of $2 million.
The man looks like he has a case; if you watch these two videos, you’ll see that pretty much Family Guy copied this particular bit down to the last detail.
First, the Art Metrano clip:
Then the Family Guy clip: