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!
jackinthegreen: Cream without Eric??? Santana without Carlos?? and not even with a stand-in player.....you're easily pleased, I reckon most people would not be happy to say the least...
Apr 30, 2022 23:45:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: If it was Scott that got Covid would they have played the gigs without a drummer?
May 1, 2022 0:01:38 GMT
ash: It's Tull not Cream and my answer stands. Now it there was no flute player...No flute no Tull . I've seen Ian play with just an ipod backing track it was great
May 3, 2022 16:04:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: "No flute, no Tull".......hmmmm tell that to MB when he's doing all the Tull stuff..
May 3, 2022 20:18:27 GMT
jackinthegreen: and I've seen Ian doing his one man thing with just the backing track too, but that's not billed as a Jethro Tull concert.....
May 3, 2022 20:19:44 GMT
jackinthegreen: I do agree he's brilliant at playing to his own backing tracks though
May 3, 2022 20:20:48 GMT
ash: My first answer stands in stone
May 4, 2022 10:00:23 GMT
goodwolfman38: Just around the corner from what i understand will be the 40th anniversary edition of Broadsword & The Beast due in July, as i noticed a few weeks ago with an interview with Ian this one will be large box set, hopefully no delays
May 12, 2022 13:45:20 GMT
rredmond: Well the radio.net plug in at the bottom of the site shocked me a bit!
May 12, 2022 14:39:42 GMT
maddogfagin: Yes it's a great addition to the Forum and I'm hoping radio.net will provide this service for years to come
May 14, 2022 15:58:55 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where is the link to this radio.net.......I don't see it folks
May 15, 2022 1:11:08 GMT
maddogfagin: Immediately below this shout box and above the visitor numbers/flags.
May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
May 15, 2022 13:29:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT