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What makes British humor more unique (or not) than other English speaking humor

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Joe Burton, Mar 12, 2002.

  1. Joe Burton

    Joe Burton New Member

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    What do you think makes British (cinema and tv humor) better and / or more unique than other English speaking cinema and tv humor and can you give any witty examples to prove your point. I'm not British by birth, but I read something somewhere saying Americans have an irony deficiency.
     
  2. Per Berger

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    As I see it, one difference is that the Brittish can make jokes about themselves and find them funny...

    /P
     
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    Irony deficiency? Hmm....
     
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    We'll have to agree to disagree, Paul, we've got complete polar tastes by the looks of things.
     
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    Bhagi Katbamna Well-Known Member

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    American comedy tends to proclaim to everyone:

    "Look at me, I'm funny" whereas English comedy seems more subtle(there are exceptions of course).
     
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    I personally think that you have to pay more attention when you watch British sitcoms because the jokes can be more complex and tongue-in-cheek. Some of my favorite British comedy is Fry and Laurie...some of that stuff puts me in such a stitch that I can't breathe correctly. And don't forget Absolutely Fabulous.

    Much of America's humor is driven by short attention spans and obvious, slap-you-in-the-face punchlines. I find myself chortling for hours after watching a good brit sitcom, but the American shows leave me wanting more.

    Cheers,

    Jason
     
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    I don't think that the differences are all that great. The general stereotype is that British humor is more subtle, ironic, and based on understatement, but I think that it is just that, a stereotype. There are far too many exceptions for it to be generally applicable.

    Regards,
     
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    You know how some Americans puzzle over Jerry Lewis' popularity in France? That's how I feel about Benny Hill in the US [​IMG]
    He's an anachronism that's given zero time these days. The Carry On movies, as pointed out before, are a better example of the 'saucy postcard' humour.
     
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    Greg, having thus insulted the partners of several men on this thread, would you like to say anything else? Admittedly, we cannot every hope to produce anyone over here to compare in beauty with Roseanne or Ellen Degeneries, but we are trying very hard, and our scientists are hopeful that within a couple of generations we *might* produce someone as attractive as, say, Hilary Clinton.

    And will you guys please lay off the dentistry jokes? Brits want their teeth to look real, not like a mouth full of dentures.
     
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    It was all a joke. I'm sorry you were offended.
     
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    Apparently British humour isn't self-depreciating. [​IMG]
    I think we shouldn't sell one short, and give the other credit. For every Seinfeld and Larry Sanders, there's a Family House or Raising Dad. And for every lousy Brit-com( I think we get them all on PBS), there's a Monty Python or Louie Theroux.
     
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