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: Thank You for interview and interview sharing. Very Cool.
Apr 21, 2020 2:31:28 GMT
futureshock: Hello again! I hope everyone is staying healthy and applying their newfound isolation-affected times and circumstances to beneficial activities so that years from now we can all tell younger generations how we survived this ordeal smartly as best possible!
May 6, 2020 20:01:02 GMT
nonrabbit: Hello Futureshock! Great to hear from you. Hope you're staying healthy too....a metre apart from any other human (animal?) that tries to cross you path. I'm a librarian in a public library and we've asking people to make a diary of their experiences.....
May 8, 2020 19:20:30 GMT
nonrabbit: in lockdown so that the next generation/s will get detailed answers when they say " What did you do in the Covid lockdown Granda/ Granny"...."Well Sonny, I bought a hell of a lot of toilet paper" Stay safe Futureshock and see you here soon!!
May 8, 2020 19:23:09 GMT
botanicman: IA did an interview with Dan Rather where he revealed publicly that he has COPD.
May 12, 2020 20:39:28 GMT
chester: Do any of you [my fellow JT Forum members] miss watching live sporting events on TV, because of the virus, as much as I do?
May 14, 2020 19:49:33 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss reading about the Golden State Warriors and St Pauli in the second Bundesliga. I keep an eye on the baseball 'A's and the Brazil team, Botoafogo. My EPL Team is Tot Spurs and I take the time to hate two teams :HSV in Germany and Man United.
May 14, 2020 20:44:37 GMT
maddogfagin: Miss the sport on tv especially the football and now that summer is upon us the cricket. I fear that things will take a year or two to get back to how it was before all this shenanigans.
May 15, 2020 6:04:06 GMT
steelmonkey: I miss some watching and reading about sports but not enough to suddenly get interested in the Belarus Football League or Taiwanese baseball. Fans are going pretty far for a fix.
May 16, 2020 20:03:25 GMT
chester: I don't watch very much BUNDESLIGA, but it has returned after two months, with NO FANS allowed in the stadiums. I am starting to follow UFC mixed martial arts, which has returned as well.
May 17, 2020 1:02:36 GMT
tullmatrix: Is there some way to still get the Passion Play complete midi? I pasted the link into my browser and got a message that i was forbidden.
May 17, 2020 23:23:50 GMT
botanicman: Chester, The Plague has made me realize how little I actually do care about sports. I might not spend the time to watch when they do return!
May 19, 2020 11:48:30 GMT
pbinlostangeles: For us in So Cal, first time since 1974 no Long Beach Grand Prix and - apparently - no Indy 500. At least not on Memorial Day. Hopefully, they'll get this virus crud figured out before the start of MotoGP season
May 19, 2020 20:15:30 GMT
chester: NASCAR has restarted it's 2020 season but, like German soccer, to empty grandstands. I think catching a virus is low on the list of dangers that can befall a racing car driver.
May 20, 2020 0:18:21 GMT
chester: I know that I am late to the idea, but I have started wearing a mask while out in public. My Canadian officials have changed their stance from: not recommended to mildly suggested to strongly advised.
May 22, 2020 9:42:52 GMT
steelmonkey: Not only am I doing a zoom meeting in nice shirt and boxer shorts...I am ignoring boss and reading Tull news.
May 27, 2020 21:58:08 GMT