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Humor by nationality



Each nationality has its own humor

Humour by nationality

American humour

American sitcom humour is often kinder to its characters than, say, the British equivalent in the sense of "laughing at" versus "laughing with", and as a result is considerabley less amusing. For example, in the sitcom "Friends", although being characterised as "dumb", Joey and Pheobe are considered equal partners in the friendship group of the six and are infrequently mocked directly. American humour often employs labored construction (set-up and pay-off) although this has changed in recent years with comedians such as Jon Stewart and TV shows like Arrested Development. The United States has a very large improvisational comedy ("improv") scene, with famous improv theatres like Chicago's Second City, LA's The Groundlings, Boston's Improv Asylum or Chicago's Baby Wants Candy where shows are put on and classes are given on the subject. Many people associate the term American humour with toilet humour, as many American sitcoms and movies include this kind of humour, either sparingly or excessively, in order to employ laughs.

British humour

Aspects, such as slang terms and English personal references have a reputation for being puzzling to non-British speakers of English óbut certain Commonwealth nations (such as Australia) tend to find it more familiar. Nonetheless, many UK comedy TV shows which use it as a basis have been internationally popular, and have been a strong avenue for the export and representation of British culture to an international audience.

Some general features characteristic of British humour are:

  • Puns: these do not too easily translate into other languages (if at all).
  • Nonsense: has its origins in the writings of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear.
  • Black humour: main features of black humour can already be found in the drama of the Elizabethan era.
  • Eccentricity
  • Satire and sarcasm
  • The use of understatement and irony so that many jokes pass unnoticed by those not familiar with it.



    Canadian humour

    Canadian humour is an integral part of the Canadian Identity. There are several traditions in Canadian humour in both English and French. While these traditions are distinct and at times very different, there are common themes that relate to Canadians' shared history and geopolitical situation in North America and the world.

    Jewish humour

    Jewish humor is the long tradition of humor in Judaism dating back to the Torah and the Midrash, but generally refers to the more recent stream of verbal, self-deprecating and often anecdotal humor originating in Eastern Europe and which took root in the United States over the last hundred years. Beginning with vaudeville, and continuing through radio, stand-up, film, and television, a disproportionate percentage of American comedians have been Jewish, carrying on a distinctive tradition of humor that spans several thousand years.

    Romanian humour

    Romanian humour, like all of Romanian culture, has many affinities with four other peoples: the Latins (Spanish and Italians), the Slavs, the Balkan people (Greeks and Turks) and the Hungarians.

    Russian humour

    Russian humour gains much of its wit from the great flexibility and richness of the Russian language, allowing for plays on words and unexpected associations. As with any other nation, its vast scope ranges from lewd jokes and silly wordplay to political satire.

    New Zealand humour

    New Zealand humour bears some similarities to the body of humour of many other English-speaking countries. There are, however, several regional differences.

    Source: Wikipedia


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