Ricky Gervais defends James Corden after Late Late Show host ‘stole’ comedian’s joke ‘word for word’

Ricky Gervais has defended James Corden after pointing out the TV host ‘stole’ one of his jokes.

The actor, writer and comedian shared a clip from Corden’s Late show which saw him discuss Elon Musk’s recent takeover of Twitter.

During the segment, Corden said, “When you see Elon Musk talking about Twitter, he does this thing where he goes, ‘Well, that’s the town square.’ But it’s not, because if someone puts a sign in a town square that says, ‘Guitar lessons available’, you don’t make people in town say, ‘I don’t want playing guitar ! I want to play the piano, you shit!’

Corden continued“It’s like, ‘That sign wasn’t for you – it was for someone else. You don’t have to get mad about any of that.

Tuesday (November 1), the Desk and after life Star Gervais shared the video in a now-deleted tweet, writing: “The classified ad in the town square for guitar lessons is brilliant.” Showing he didn’t mind, Gervais added a laughing face emoji.

The comedian’s followers immediately knew that Gervais was referring to the fact that he made virtually the same joke in his 2018 Netflix stand-up. Ricky Gervais Humanity. Many shared the clip of Gervais cracking the “word for word” joke. Corden has since responded to accusations of stealing the joke from Gervais.

Shortly after posting his first tweet about it, Gervais was quick to suggest it was likely Corden’s team who wrote the joke and expressed belief that Corden wouldn’t have known about the situation.

Gervais replied to a follower, “I doubt he would knowingly copy such a famous routine verbatim like that.”

Ricky Gervais points out that James Corden “stole” one of his jokes


Others called out Corden for the “outrageous” joke theft, with many marveling at the similarity in wording.

The Independent contacted Gervais and Corden for comment.

Last week Corden teased his upcoming return to the UK after his final Late show episode aired in the summer of 2023.

Javier E. Swan