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01st Nov 2022

Ricky Gervais calls out James Corden for copying one of his jokes word for word

Charlie Herbert

James Corden copies Ricky Gervais joke

Not a great look James…

Ricky Gervais has called out James Corden after the television host repeated one of the comedian’s jokes pretty much word for word on his show.

On Monday night’s episode of ‘The Late Late Show’, Corden was delivering a monologue to camera about Elon Musk and his takeover of Twitter.

During the monologue, he mentioned Musk’s idea to charge verified users $20 a month to keep their blue ticks.

He continued: “When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter, he does this thing where he goes ‘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 wanna play the piano you piece of s**t!’

He finished: “But that sign wasn’t for you, it was for somebody else, you don’t have to get mad at all of it.”

Cue laughter and applause from the delighted audience at this sharp piece of satire.

Except some of you may recognise this joke. Because it’s a complete copy of one Gervais made  in his stand-up show ‘Humanity’, which was released on Netflix in 2018.

You can see just how similar they are below.

Never one to shy away from a bit of confrontation, Gervais decided to address this in a post on ‘the town square’ itself.

In a tweet sharing the clip from Corden’s show, Gervais wrote: “The bit about the town square advert for guitar lessons is brilliant.”

Many more noticed that Corden had nicked the witty summary of Twitter from the Extras comedian, and decided to call him out as well.

One person wrote: “You could’ve at least credited @rickygervais when using his jokes @JKCorden…”

Another said it was “absolutely shameless” behaviour from Corden.

A third said it was a “new low” for him.

It could be that this isn’t exactly the ‘Gavin and Stacey’ star’s fault though, as one person pointed out.

They wrote: “He clearly has no idea—all these talk-show monologues are written by a team of writers. One of those writers will most definitely be fired for plagiarism today (and rightly so).”

So maybe he was simply oblivious to the plagiarism.

Either way, it’s not a great look for him, and is unlikely to do much for his popularity


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