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Msg: 25
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omg i'ma canadian and yah you just hit that funniest thing ever part of my bodie LOL thanks 4 that jokes i love you all so much p.s. cheak out my post's to and america does to have satire comedy look at george bush he's so smrt! he had to prove he was wrong :P
Joined: 6/30/2008
Msg: 26
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Posted: 1/30/2009 4:37:58 PM

Almost right, aving a bath=a laugh. Strewth is used more in Australia than in England, but I thought I could get away with that one as Londoners are often asked if they are Australian by Americans. Two friends and I were once called three ignorant Australians by a barman in a Vegas casino, one of those friends, like me, is a native Londoner and the other, who the barman had directed his comment at is from Glasgow with a broad Scotish accent, and he called us ignorant! There's a bit of irony for you. Although I'm from London I am not a C0ckney, I'm from north London in the borough of Barnet { barnet fair= hair, wrong borough for me as my hair went south years ago, there you go more irony!}, definitely can't here the sound of the Bow bells there.
Speaking of Australians, they also have rhyming slang, I think they call it strine, but I may be wrong on that, wether this comes from Londoners who settled there, which is plausible, I'm not to sure about.

I love rhyming slang: it is idiomatic.
Furthermore, it is almost like code or another language.
Unique indeed.
Joined: 6/30/2008
Msg: 27
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Posted: 1/31/2009 5:10:32 PM
"The very word 'idiom' comes from the Greek 'idios', 'one's own, peculiar, strange'. Idioms are mostly phrases that can have a literal meaning in one context but a totally different sense in another."
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Msg: 28
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Posted: 1/31/2009 6:51:50 PM
USA here and I liked both jokes!
they were not
but ya know
Joined: 3/7/2009
Msg: 30
hanks humor / different kinds
Posted: 11/18/2009 2:58:25 AM
American here. I'm not up on current British humor, but I'm a big Douglas Adams (may he RIP) fan, and Monte Python is awesome - "This... total catastrophe is just the beginning" - Reg, (The Life of Brian.) I never really got into Benny Hill - couldn't understand half of what he was saying!
Joined: 7/31/2009
Msg: 32
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Posted: 11/18/2009 5:24:57 PM
Speaking of true australian humor or humour....

I met this bloke with a didgeridoo and he was playing Dancing Queen on it. I thought, 'That's Aboriginal.'
Joined: 6/29/2009
Msg: 33
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Posted: 11/20/2009 8:24:37 PM
I am an infected, defective American. I became infected when I went with my parents to live in Richmond (London suburb) back in 1960. Thus I have more British VERBIAGE knowledge than most Americans. That, plus I spent hours back home here, listening to record albums by Peter Sellars and Flanders and Swann.
I have also been accused, quite recently infact, of having a very dry sense of humor. Now I know that here in America, when someone says you have a dry sense of humor, it usually means two things: 1, they like you enough to want to be nice to you. 2, they find you less funny than the time someone dropped a rock on their head without warning.
I am was also punished severely in public school as a child, because I had a high IQ.

All that together means I love MOST British humor. And yes, I OF COURSE got the Op's joke immediately.
Take into account, however, that it took me over forty YEARS to understand a small joke told in the American film "Mary Poppins":
First child: "I know a man with a wooden leg, named Smith!"
Second child: "Oh really? What was the name of his other leg?"
Over forty Years.

ANYWAY... as to the subject of British versus American humor, I think there's a couple of obvious reasons why some comics have trouble crossing the pond, and some more subtle ones.
The Obvious ones are
1) Cultural and Social Life Experience History. The two countries are ONLY united by a vaguely similar language. Almost everything else has been very different in the last two hundred years.
2) Language, pronunciation, and cadence differences in telling of humorous stories and jokes. It really can make a big difference in the success of a joke , where the teller places the emphasis in it's telling. Some Americans can't adjust their ears to here the joke at the correct speed.
The more subtle differences would probably be where jokes such as the one in question comes in. This joke COULD be fairly easily Americanized, by adjusting the delivery, and shifting the shading of it from laconic irony, to sarcastic revelry in one's own debauchery.
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Msg: 36
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Posted: 11/23/2009 5:33:02 AM
England here . Manchester.

The simple answer is - that there is not a simple answer .

There is the issue of "culture" - America and Britain are countries divided by the same language. Religious attitudes, personal morality etc etc are all a bit more restrained in the US than over here.

Then there is the issue of an individual's own sense of humour - Python wasnt made so popular in the states by just a few people, you know.. but the TV shows most rated over there are old hat over here - no-one has watched AbFab or Waiting for God for years over here... and we aint seen Benny Hill for about thirty !

But the funniest guys are .... the Irish :-)

And yes I got the OP joke, and no, it was not funny ........
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Msg: 37
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Posted: 4/13/2010 3:24:16 AM
OP, probably because my ex is from Scotland. He just wasn't funny.

But now, more worried about the difference in NYC versus CA humor. Nobody "gets me" here!
Joined: 2/6/2010
Msg: 38
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Posted: 4/13/2010 3:41:47 PM
OP: Canadian here. Yes, the joke is funny.
Did someone explained it to Msg 6 yet?

I love British humour. Fawlty Towers and Father Ted are some of my all time favourites.
But I also like any intelligent/smart comedy.
It comes from all over the world.

One of my recent favourite is Danny Bhoy the Indian-Scottish comedian.

And as someone said, in Canada we have this really popular show called
"Just for Laughs" which usually showcase comedians from all over the world all with different comedic styles.

Joined: 3/2/2010
Msg: 39
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Posted: 4/20/2010 8:22:27 PM
I love British comedy. It tends to make you think more than American humour which tends to be more slapstick, or sit-coms based on misunderstandings. Monty Python and the like is just so bizarre that it's hillarious, and you don't really see anything like it in American humour. I see a lot of American stand-up comedians who talk a lot about sex, use a lot of foul language, but aren't very funny. Then I watch someone like Billy Connelly who also uses a lot of foul language, but he is one of the funniest guys out there. There's an art to story-telling that the Brits just seem to understand better. That's not to say that there aren't any American comedians I like, but the ones I do like seem to have figured out the art of story-telling. Bill Cosby was one, I still have some of his early stuff on record, and it's still funny to listen to them.
 Molly Maude
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Msg: 43
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Posted: 5/9/2010 11:39:41 PM
I watch a few comedy sit coms on television ... my all-time favorite old rerun BBC comedies that come into MY television are "Waiting for God" which I ADORE and "As Time Goes By" which I consider only mildly amusing but I do enjoy the show and look forward to seeing both of these two oldies ...

we also get "Are You Being Served?" which are amusing ... and the show about the female vicar seems to be funny ... I have only seen a few of those ...

I consider "Keeping Up Appearances" to be practically unbearable ... embarrassing, in fact ... I like her family but can't stand Hyacinth ... I know the character is meant to be annoying ... but really! too much so!

I like a few American comedies, too ... but they're hit or miss ... "Modern Family" has been pretty funny ... most of the others are just too predictable ...

I think liking British humour and/or American humour ... is based more on the specific show/comedian than the country of origin!
Joined: 9/24/2009
Msg: 44
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Posted: 5/17/2010 4:26:46 AM
Hey, you better step off of Benny, I've been watching him since I was a kid. I love Brit humor, especially if it's vulgar.

My favorite American comedy show right now is "It's Always Sunny in Philidelphia". Check it out if you haven't seen it...
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