Conan O’Brien. Photo by Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Alexander Kaseberg isn’t a household name, but the longtime San Diegan’s jokes get national laughs. That’s because Conan O’Brien stole them, Kaseberg says in a lawsuit.

Making a federal case two weeks after O’Brien hosted his TV show at the Spreckles Theatre in San Diego, Kaseberg filed a copyright infringement complaint here in U.S. District Court.

The July 22 suit seeks a restraining order barring O’Brien from using the plaintiff’s material on Twitter and his blog, plus at least $600,000 in damages and other costs. Kaseberg, 56, wants a jury trial.

Four jokes from January through June 2015 were stolen, according to the suit noted in hundreds of media reports:

  • A Delta flight this week took off from Cleveland to New York with just two passengers. And they fought over control of the armrest the entire flight.
  • Tom Brady said he wants to give his MVP truck to the man who won the game for the Patriots. So enjoy that truck, Pete Carroll.
  • The Washington Monument is ten inches shorter than previously thought. You know the winter has been cold when a monument suffers from shrinkage.
  • Three streets named Bruce Jenner might have to change names. And one could go from a Cul-de-Sac to a Cul-de-Sackless.

Kaseberg says copyrights are pending.

Alex Kaseberg’s lawsuit against Conan O’Brien and writing staff. (PDF)

“Plaintiff did not receive any compensation for the use of these works. Plaintiff did not receive any screen credits for the use of these works. Plaintiff did not receive any writing credits for the use of these works,” the lawsuit said.

Conaco, the show’s production company, said there was “no merit to this lawsuit,” according to arstechnica.com.

On advice of his Carlsbad attorney, Jayson Lorenzo, Kaseberg won’t talk about the lawsuit (3:15-cv-01637-JLS-DHB Kaseberg v. Conaco, LLC et al).

But he told Times of San Diego he has lived in San Diego for 29 years and worked several years at the La Jolla office of Shearson Lehman for the late Jack Frager.

“Then Prudential Bache downtown for a couple more, then freelance writing,” says Kaseberg, who goes by Alex. “Started out after college at [UC Santa Barbara] selling computers for law firms and then worked on Wall Street for three years as an institutional bond trader for Hilliard Farber and Co.”

Hilliard Farber was a major contributor to the Sept. 11 victim families, he noted.

“Very proud of him for that,” Kaseberg said. “He is an amazing guy.” 

Kaseberg competed in the decathlon at UCSB just after the Bruce Jenner years, he says, “so I consider myself an expert on all things Jenner.”

He says he lives in Barrio Del Mar, “otherwise known as Carmel Valley.”

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