James Corden admits to 'inadvertently' stealing Ricky Gervais joke on TV show

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Aden-Jay Wood

By Aden-Jay Wood

Published: 02/11/2022

- 11:47

Updated: 02/11/2022

- 13:02

It comes after people on Twitter compared the joke to a section of Mr Gervais’ 2018 stand up show Humanity

James Corden has responded to criticism that he copied a Ricky Gervais joke on his US television show.

During a segment of his Late Late Show, Mr Corden made a joke about Twitter, a town square and a guitar.

Mr Corden said: “When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter he does this thing where he goes, ‘Well, it’s the town square’.

“But it isn’t. Because if someone puts up a poster in a town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, you don’t get people in the town going, ‘I don’t want to play the guitar! I want to play the piano, you piece of ****!’

File photo dated 06/08/22 of James Corden who has said he did nothing wrong and is feeling zen after being criticised by a New York restaurant owner for his alleged bad behaviour. Issue date: Friday October 21, 2022.
James Corden
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Ricky Gervais during the National Television Awards at London's O2 Arena.
Ricky Gervais
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“Well that sign wasn’t for you, it was for someone else. You don’t have to get mad about all of it!”

But some on Twitter compared the joke to a section of Mr Gervais’ 2018 stand up show Humanity.

While, in a now deleted tweet, Mr Gervais also likened his work to the joke.

Mr Corden has since responded to the claims, admitting that he had “invadertedly” copied the joke.

In a tweet, Mr Corden said: “Inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, obviously not knowing it came from him.

“It’s brilliant, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke.

“You can watch all Ricky’s excellent specials on Netflix. J x”.

Mr Gervais was asked whether he had been approached about the show using the joke, to which he replied: “No. I reckon one of the writers ‘came up with it’ for him.

The comedian added: “I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand-up routine word for word.

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