British Sense Of Humour

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    Apr 23, 2014 2:47 PM GMT
    This is a question mainly for the Yanks but obviously anyone can join in.

    Do you ever feel that you just don't get British humour ?

    That the sarcasm and irony goes over your head or do you feel that it's just overly negative and not very funny in the first place ?

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    Apr 23, 2014 2:50 PM GMT
    I love the dry wit and the intellectual silliness.
    Not much for the dumb Benny Hill face-in-the-boobs music hall shenanigans.
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:52 PM GMT
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    When I was 10-12 I loved Monty Python.

    In college I liked their movies.

    Now not so much.

    Nothing sets my teeth on edge like British farce, i.e. "Noises Off!" and "No Sex Please, We're British!"

    Though I get sophomoric with some things that parody British humor and Brits; when Mike Myers was interviewed on his then-new "Austin Powers" character his mere mention of the bad teeth got me giggling. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:54 PM GMT
    Wait, the Brits have a sense of humor? icon_eek.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 2:56 PM GMT
    eagermuscle saidWhen I was 10-12 I loved Monty Python.

    In college I liked their movies.

    Now not so much.

    Nothing sets my teeth on edge like British farce, i.e. "Noises Off!" and "No Sex Please, We're British!"

    I loved "Noises Off!"
    The engagement is off. I'll mail you back your ring.
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:03 PM GMT
    ElectroShark said
    eagermuscle saidWhen I was 10-12 I loved Monty Python.

    In college I liked their movies.

    Now not so much.

    Nothing sets my teeth on edge like British farce, i.e. "Noises Off!" and "No Sex Please, We're British!"

    I loved "Noises Off!"
    The engagement is off. I'll mail you back your ring.

    "Sardines!" (Slams door.)
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:04 PM GMT
    I've found that British humour, whether it is comedians, television, or movies, seems to have a much bigger following among gay men in the U.S. than in the general population. I think this probably has something to do with gayness of British accents.icon_razz.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:14 PM GMT
    Iceblink saidI've found that British humour, whether it is comedians, television, or movies, seems to have a much bigger following among gay men in the U.S. than in the general population. I think this probably has something to do with gayness of British accents.icon_razz.gif

    I think it has more to do with the general population of the US being half-wits and morons. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:27 PM GMT

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    Apr 23, 2014 3:28 PM GMT
    ElectroShark saidI love the dry wit and the intellectual silliness.
    Not much for the dumb Benny Hill face-in-the-boobs music hall shenanigans.

    Completely agree on both counts. Plus I'm even more impressed when the performers not only present the comedy, but in many cases have written it themselves.

    Examples include the Monty Python troop, of course, but also Jennifer Saunders and her comedy partner Dawn French in their various sitcoms over the years, both when teamed and each solo. Also the duo of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry (difficult to think of "House" as once having been a silly comic performing his own material, and likewise Fry before he became known as a profound & articulate intellectual).
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    Iceblink saidI've found that British humour, whether it is comedians, television, or movies, seems to have a much bigger following among gay men in the U.S. than in the general population. I think this probably has something to do with gayness of British accents.icon_razz.gif

    Or this:

  • AMoonHawk

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    Apr 23, 2014 3:42 PM GMT
    There are many programs that are funny, but some of it, for me, can dry, bland and immature. It's not, not getting it, I get it. It is just sometimes like an old uncle that tells an off color crude dirty joke, not funny.
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    Apr 23, 2014 3:47 PM GMT
    Anyone who doesn't get Monty Python doesn't get Salvador Dali. They were already classics in their own time.





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    Apr 23, 2014 3:56 PM GMT
    Are you being served? was great...

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    Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM GMT
    theantijock saidAnyone who doesn't get Monty Python doesn't get Salvador Dali. They were already classics in their own time.

    I'm assuming that surely you're not referring to moi given my surreal outlook on life and absurdist humor, both of which explain why Salvador Dali remains one of my favorite artists and how as poster boy for free association (among other things) I always "got" Monty Python, which was great the first, second and third times around. But then it got boring, like "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    I totally get and fancy the British sense of humour .., it might be because i'm Australian ..icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:16 PM GMT
    I guess I don't get the comparison of Salvador Dali and Monty Python. That's like saying Van Gogh and SNL go hand in hand.

    When I was a kid I laughed my ass off at the show Faulty Towers, but when I watched it as an adult I found the main character's cruelty toward his wife and employees to be off putting.

    I've also enjoyed Ab Fab, Keeping up Appearances, Good Neighbors. I'm not really following anything current though.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:18 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI guess I don't get the comparison of Salvador Dali and Monty Python. That's like saying Van Gogh and SNL go hand in hand.

    I think the implication is that the absurdist humor of Monty Python is also surreal. At least it can be, to some. Which is like saying Van Gogh and SNL (like Monty Python) have mad genius in common. Which, in a way, they do.

    But I still stand by my comment about farce - can't stand it. Suffering through a live performance of "Run For Your Wife" a couple of years ago was my hopefully last foray.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:20 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    HottJoe saidI guess I don't get the comparison of Salvador Dali and Monty Python. That's like saying Van Gogh and SNL go hand in hand.

    I think the implication is that the absurdist humor of Monty Python is also surreal. At least it can be, to some.

    Dali is an acid trip, Python is for stoners... That's the comparison that I see.
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:25 PM GMT
    ^
    Not that I've done either, but well put!
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    Apr 23, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
    Monty Python takes on French "art" film...

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    Apr 23, 2014 4:29 PM GMT
    HottJoe saidI guess I don't get the comparison of Salvador Dali and Monty Python. That's like saying Van Gogh and SNL go hand in hand.


    Well, if you're going that route, I'd think of SNL as more Peter Max than Claude Monet. But Monty Python humor undoubtedly is surrealistic.

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    Apr 23, 2014 4:34 PM GMT
    I see you have a cabbage lolololol. I don't remember that one. Good pick panda.
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    Apr 23, 2014 9:58 PM GMT
    Python on Sunday evenings on channel 13 in New York (PBS) was a staple, we used to recite the skits in home room the next day

    my next favorite was Two Fat Ladies