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Ricky Gervais denies stealing comedian’s joke after James Corden debacle

Ricky Gervais has had to deny stealing another comedian’s joke just a day after he settled a misunderstanding with James Corden over plagiarism claims.

Corden and Gervais appear to have reconciled after Corden admitted to “accidentally” using Gervais’ “guitar lessons in a town square” joke The Late Late Show.

Not long after, British comedian Mike Cox tweeted a video showing similarities between his getting up and a scene from Gervais’ show After the live on Netflix.

On Wednesday morning, Gervais tweeted to Cox and explained where he got the idea for the joke, which turned out to predate Cox’s joke.

“James Corden was caught stealing material from Ricky Gervais, but does that karma come back?” Cox asked on Twitter Tuesday. “Did Ricky steal my episode 4 footage from [After Life] or is this just a case of great minds thinking alike? I leave that to you.”

Inset by Ricky Gervais and James Corden
British comedian Mike Cox suggested Ricky Gervais (R) may have stolen his joke for his show ‘After Life’ on Netflix. It comes after James Corden (above left) admitted to “accidentally” using one of Gervais’ uncredited jokes.
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In the accompanying video, Cox describes a fat person who claims her fat saved her life when she was impaled in an accident, as the fat protected her organs. The punchline implied that if they hadn’t been so fat, they wouldn’t have hurt themselves at all.

Below the video a clip of After the live Plays in which a tall woman describes an accident, and Gervai’s character delivers a punch line similar to Cox’s.

news week has reached out to Cox for further comment on his claim.

Ten hours later, Gervais responded to Cox’s tweet.

First, Twitter user @JonTudor refuted Cox’s opinion. “There are many, many news stories long before your joke where people were saying, ‘Fat saved their lives,’ in all sorts of scenarios,” they wrote, sharing a sample news story and tagging Gervais in the post.

The office The creator replied to both tweets. “Yes. The one I saw was on a Jonny Vaughan chat show about 30 years ago,” he wrote, referring to a UK broadcaster. Gervais suggested he might even have talked about it on one of his radio shows before.

The discussion of “stealing” jokes arose after Corden used a joke during Gervais’ opening monologue The Late Late Show with James Corden. Twitter user @PaulFI9 put together a compilation video of the two jokes side by side to show how similar they are.

Corden used those Late Late Show social media accounts to explain what had happened.

“Accidentally told a brilliant Ricky Gervais joke on the show last night, apparently not knowing it came from him. It’s brilliant because it’s a Ricky Gervais joke,” he wrote. Gervais then retweeted the message and suggested it was water under the bridge.

James Corden and Ricky Gervais Twitter
James Corden was accused of plagiarism after he told a joke almost identical to the one Ricky Gervais told years earlier on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.” Gervais addressed the joke on Twitter (insert) before deleting the tweet.
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