James Corden accused of stealing Noel Fielding joke days after using Ricky Gervais joke on the Late Late Show
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Back in 2017, The Great British Bake Off star took to Twitter saying, ‘yes I believe this is my material’ in response to a fan saying ‘@JKCorden totally stole this whisper thing from you’.
The joke that Corden is accused of stealing from Fielding is from a stand-up show he performed back in 2010, named ‘Just for Laughs’. In the joke, Fielding says that the best way to stop a mugger is to whisper ‘oi, mate’ in a bid to distract them.
In 2017, whilst interviewing Matthew Broderick, Corden said he finds the best way to avoid being mugged is to whisper “you’re never going to believe what happened”. He went on to explain that the mugger would put down their weapon and go ‘what?’
On Monday (November 1), Corden was accused of using a Ricky Gervais joke on the Late Late Show. During the gag, 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 sh*t!’ Well that sign wasn’t for you, it was for someone else. You don’t have to get mad about all of it!”
Accusations swiftly came flying in that Corden had used the material from the Afterlife star. This criticism prompted a response from the former Gavin & Stacey actor, who 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”