Big topic - generalised in 'British' being probably BBC English and 'American' covering the whole of the States.
In the 70's/80's it was generally said in Britland that we had the best sense of humour - we would poo poo American humour and then go on to say did you see Mash/Cheers/Taxi/etc etc last night. Great wasn't it !
WE would say that Americans didn't do satire - ha!
Little Britain (US version has apparently flopped as being too crude)
Well, I watch a LOT of BBC programming, and I was sure to catch every episode of Little Britain USA (which was brilliant). I'm not one to compare humour, because it's all so different and there are 100000 ways to make people laugh. The two brands are different, I wouldn't pick one over the other, I'm just happy they both exist. I would say I probably prefer the British sitcoms though. There are only a few new US shows that I watch regularly these days. The US shows have a tendency to go with quantity over quality. All the successful shows strive to get to 100 episodes so they can live forever in syndication $$$. Most great British sitcoms finish with around 20 episodes, so like I say, too tough to compare since they're so different. For stand up comedy, I prefer the Americans, but thats probably just a comfort thing since I can probably relate to them easier. Thats just an idea, but I haven't given it much thought.
That reminds me, the full series of Saxondale is coming out on DVD early next month I think. Time to pre-order!
I don't know, it's hard to say. British humor is a bit exotic just because it's within reach but there are things I don't get. And this is one thing that's great about knowing people on the internet, isn't it?
In the end, I prefer smart humor over silly, verbal humor over pratfalls and sight gags. There are some things in British humor, like Fawlty Towers, that everybody loves but just don't do it for me. I tell you though, this reminds me that I lent my favorite Eddie Izzard DVD to someone who never gave it back, and that's irritating me all over again!
Don't really 'get' the us 'v' them thing with regard to most topics - but especially not where 'humour' is concerned. There is so much, from both countries mentioned, that I find hugely amusing - and so much from both that I don't find funny at all. Not surprised they didn't take to Little Britain - it was totally not my cup of tea, either.
An example of one writer from USA that I currently find funny... My sister (born and raised UK) emigrated to the USA aged eleven (m' parents moved over there) - ended up marrying and living in Texas. She sends me various suggestions (vid/film/books) with regard to what's happening over there... and as a result, I'm currently working my way through several books by David Sedaris that she's sent over. Three out of four (read so far) have been a real hoot - one was way off the mark completely! Now I notice the BBC have currently been featuring Mr Sedaris on Radio Four - and his readings from his anecdotal-style books have, thus far been quite amusing. Never heard of him? Why not check the Beeb iplayer? I nearly crashed the car (in fits of laughter) while driving back from a gig - his description of his 'Stadium Pal' accessory-for-men was wonderful!
steelmonkey: Interweb broken at home for three days but Tull draws closer. One more week till I am where I belong...a place Tull is making music.
Jul 4, 2019 1:26:32 GMT
steelmonkey: 4 days till Tull.
Jul 5, 2019 19:05:52 GMT
JTull 007: 4 days till you meet your TULL DESTINY
Jul 6, 2019 3:04:00 GMT
nonrabbit: 3 days tull Tull Bernie that is - not me....
Jul 6, 2019 19:40:23 GMT
steelmonkey: In 72 hours I will be, for a change, where I am supposed to be, surrounded by people that I should be around. So Cal friend going tonight and will report right after.
Jul 7, 2019 0:33:01 GMT
maddogfagin: Have a rather splendid time Bernie
Jul 7, 2019 14:19:04 GMT
JTull 007: My spirit will be sitting next to you at The Mountain Winery I'll be drinking some TULL Wine too
Jul 9, 2019 2:11:22 GMT
steelmonkey: I peeked at setlists from past few days. Glad to see I can expect APP excerpt....My friend assures me that Warm Sporran is less a booby prize than Solstice Bells. Review soon. Clock stuck at work as I await concert this evening.
Jul 9, 2019 16:12:13 GMT
fluteinthegallery: If I had to put my love for Tull in to one word, it would be "everything". This band means everything to me.
Jul 15, 2019 3:59:50 GMT
steelmonkey: I would agree. I love music, I love rock and roll but my love for Tull is it's own category and bigger than the other two,
Jul 16, 2019 0:42:25 GMT
joemer: FOR MICHAEL COLLINS,JEFFREY & ME !!!! whether it happpened (the event) or not the Song was fabulous!!! incidentally Michael Collins "Is Alive and Well and Living In......
Jul 16, 2019 14:43:52 GMT
nonrabbit: Love the song interaction
Jul 17, 2019 21:17:17 GMT
maddogfagin: Now the wait begins
Jul 25, 2019 7:10:20 GMT
steelmonkey: Rock and Roll lives...saw The Raconteurs last night. Jack White was amazing. How does one guy get so much talent?....oh, wait....I've seen that somewehere.
Jul 25, 2019 16:46:34 GMT
snaffler: I haven't listened to anything as refreshing for decades (re Jethro Tull), as a couple of recordings of Martin's 50th Anniversary US tour! The songs sound so reinvigorated by Dan Crisp's vocals. I saw Martin last year and the vibe in the band seemed great
Jul 31, 2019 19:47:12 GMT