What's your sense of humour?

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    Aug 23, 2007 9:45 PM GMT
    One of the most interesting things about being a foreigner in a distant land is how the pervading sense of humour may be quite different, or even untranslatable.

    So what is your sense of humour like? What really makes you laugh?

    This Tiger, for example, is a fan of the great British tradition of absurdist humour:

    There was a superb series called "People Like Us" in the UK, which was a series of spoof documentaries that looked terribly badly made and featured "ordinary" people - a classic sketch on Youtube.

    Another great TV series was "Big Train" which featured such charming nonsense as this pastiche of English people talking to French people and this documentary about Prince and this about an evil hypnotist.

    In poetry too, a really good friend of mine wrote this poemThe murderer
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    Aug 24, 2007 12:00 AM GMT
    Hmm. Hard to say. I loved Fawlty Towers and Ab Fab. I also love the old 1940s screwball comedies. I guess I like clever humor, wit, things with a twist or a surprise. I don't like it when I can see the punchline coming a mile away, or when the outcome of a sight-gag is really obvious.

    As for youtube, someone posted a good documentary called "Girls who do Comedy". Dawn French interviews about a dozen female comedians. It's posted in nine ten-minute segments (1-1, 1-2, 1-3, 2-1, etc). The bit with Miriam Margolyes at the end of segment 1-3 is hilarious.

    Here's the first installment:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jfcIrby0vE
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    Aug 24, 2007 12:10 AM GMT
    Mel Brooks is the funniest man ever.

    Rodney Dangerfield is very funny.

    Ab Fab was hysterical, just disappointingly short lived.

    The Honeymooners sucked.

    I Love Lucy was funny.

    Carol Burnett was hysterical sometimes.

    Sonny and Cher were really stupid.

    Chris Rock rocks.

    Ellen Degeneres was funnier when it was a "secret".

    Ant is a complete embarrassment to comedy.

    Dame Edna is the funniest TV ever to have lived.

    Robin Williams has had his day in the sun, as has Jim Carrey and Eddie Murphy.

    Andy Kaufman should be the first man resurrected when Jesus returns. Amen.

    Chris Tucker, hahahahahahahahahaha!

    SNL was at it's best with it's first cast and was pretty much downhill after that.

    I like baby jokes, blonde jokes, offensive humor, and real life which so far has proven to be funnier than Mel Brooks himself.

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    Aug 24, 2007 12:21 AM GMT
    just check out:

    dana carvey
    robin williams
    phyllis diller-jim bailey does an amazing impersonation
    mike mcdonald
    tracey ullman
    lucille ball

    comedy fests around the world
    sctv
    codco- above shows from newfoundland and they are on youtube

    one brit joke:
    "You know somebody actually complimented me on my driving today, they left a little note on the windscreen, Parking Fine"
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    Aug 24, 2007 12:22 AM GMT
    Monty Python!
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:20 AM GMT
    I like satire - The Office, South Park
    The Simpsons
    Silly stuff like AFV, Friends, Family Guy, Futurama, American Dad, Mad TV
    Judd Apatow, Steve Carell, Ellen.

    Laughing is sooo fun.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:38 AM GMT
    Hmmm...

    Ambrose Bierce
    Samuel Clemens
    Terry Pratchett
    Christopher Moore
    Douglas Adams
    Pat McManus
    Mark Leyner

    THOSE guys are funny.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:44 AM GMT
    Superbad is one of the funniest movies I've seen in a long time.

    I'm also a softy for big women, especially if they're black. Something about the gay condition connecting with the struggles of the African-American woman.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:52 AM GMT
    Très drôle Tiger!

    And, yes, sometimes even though you know the language, such as Brit vs. American humour, you still don't understand the joke as humour probably says more about he culture than the language.

    I will agree with MikeonMain that I thoroughly enjoy Faulty Towers. And I think Monty Python brilliant. Yes, maybe I don't get all the nuances, but somethings still cross over into other cultures.
    The Simpsons is another one that, though very American, relates across culture -- this was impressed on me in a modern art museum in Mexico City that had carved statues of some of the Simpson characters done along the lines of Aztec gods.

    Personally I like the witty and sarcastic/cynical humour, as well as satire, and even for me I oddly often find the ironic humorous.

    And yeah, Aero, M.A.S.H is definately up there among the all time most hilarious for me.
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    Aug 24, 2007 5:23 AM GMT
    I love absurd humor, like when two things that don't belong together are juxtaposed. I typically go for things that play with words or ideas, but can be floored by slapstick.

    I love witty people, those who think fast and have responses to stuff that happens as your simply going about your day.

  • GQjock

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    Aug 24, 2007 11:07 AM GMT
    My comedy tastes run pretty broad..,

    but my all time favorites were

    *Raising Arizona ... "Son...you got a pantie on
    your head"

    *What's up Doc ... The chase scene is a classic

    *Young Frankenstein ... "Cigars!..."

    Anything Woody Allen .... before he became a
    pedophile

    Margaret Cho
    Jim Carey only in Liar, Liar
    Kathy Griffin

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    Aug 24, 2007 12:00 PM GMT
    Ditto on Monty Python. I tend to also like geek humor. Check out the Strong Bad Email feature at HomeStarRunner.com
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:37 PM GMT
    I see that everyone is focusing on film.
    But nobody is mentioning Peter Sellers.
    This is wrong.
  • Lincsbear

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    Aug 24, 2007 4:41 PM GMT
    Intelligent,absudist,ironic,physical,satirical,and morbid humour set me laughing.
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    Aug 24, 2007 4:46 PM GMT
    If we're talking comedians, Lewis Black puts me on the floor all the time.

    In person though, I prefer very very dry like my martinis.
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    Aug 24, 2007 5:23 PM GMT
    Have any of you ever seen Little Britain? It is absoultely hyterical! You can find clips of it on Youtube.

    I also like Moms Mabley, Richard Pryer, Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks, Madeline Kahn, Gene Wilder, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Kathy Griffin McGay and ObsceneWish.

    Oh, I also like the show Keeping Up Appearences.
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    Aug 24, 2007 5:27 PM GMT
    In Little Britain look for the Only Gay in the Village. Sheer genius!
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    Aug 25, 2007 10:01 PM GMT
    Loved Jack Benny.

    Eddie Izzard

    "Frazier" was the funniest show on TV.

    Wit, irony, Britcoms, French farces, and best of all, slapstick and pratfalls
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    Nov 19, 2007 3:12 PM GMT
    I love Will and Grace, UGLY BETTY RULES!!!IMAGE HTTP ADDRESS GOES HEREclick to comment, Korean movie are funny too, japanese movie has humor too especially cartoons, and filipino movie.....hmmmn sometimes (joke!) no serious....
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    Nov 19, 2007 3:35 PM GMT
    dry..... very dry

    Little Britain
    League of Gentleman - "this is a local shop for local people"
    Three Non Blondes
    The Real McCoy
    Samantha - French skit comedy
    Bo Selecta - Series 2
    Mel's Diner - "kiss ma grits".... what are grits?
    South Park
    Family Guy
    The Simpsons
    Spitting Image
    Yes Minister & Yes Prime Minister
    In Living Colour - Menz on Film (when the Wayans and Jim Carey were really funny)
    Creature Comforts
    The Catherine Tate Show
    French & Saunders (back in the day)
    The Young Ones
    Frasier

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    Carl HIaasen
    Tom Sharpe
    Terry Prachett

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    Nov 19, 2007 5:20 PM GMT
    My sense of humor is all over the place.
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    Nov 19, 2007 5:52 PM GMT
    The way I amuse myself is usually through sadistic humor. When someone opens themselves up to have fun poked at them I ususally rip them apart and don't know when to stop. People look at me like I'm some sort of demon, but that effect wears off pretty quickly.

    As far as what I like to watch, Rowan Atkinson (aka, Mr Bean) in his series Blackadder is damn hilarious!
    Hooray for Britcoms!