James Corden says he “inadvertently” told a joke originally made by fellow British funnyman Ricky Gervais.
Some viewers of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” took to social media to point out that a joke Corden made during his monologue on the Oct. 31 episode was almost identical to the one Gervais made on his 2018 stand-up show, “Humanity.” .”
Corden’s joke poked fun at Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter.
“When you see Elon Musk talk about Twitter, he does this thing where he says ‘Well, it’s the town square,'” Corden said. “But it’s not because if someone puts a sign in the town square that says ‘guitar lessons available’, you don’t get the townspeople to say ‘I don’t want to play guitar! I want to play piano, piece of shit!'”
Gervais’ Twitter joke was almost identical.
“It’s like walking into the town square and there’s a sign for guitar lessons and you say, ‘But I don’t want guitar lessons,'” Gervais said.
Gervais responded to a Twitter user who wrote “I didn’t deliver it like you did. I guess he asked to use that joke?”
“No. I think one of the writers ‘made it up’ for him.” tweeted Gervais. “I doubt he would knowingly just copy such a famous stand-up routine word for word like this.”
Corden tweeted on Tuesday“He inadvertently told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on last night’s show, obviously not knowing it was coming from him.”
“It’s cool, because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke,” Corden wrote. “You can watch all of Ricky’s great specials on Netflix.”