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I just have to pop in and say that the "Kumars At No. 42" is probably the funniest show I have seen on BBC in a long time.

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I don't see the humor in a lot of British humor. But I think Benny Hill is funny as &%$@! He reminds me of a big 10 year old. I also like Mr. Bean. I find a lot of the humor of individual members of Monty Python to be funny, but Python itself just seemed stupid to me.

Moving to the U.S., we've had some really stupid acts hit the big time, too. Emo Philips? Andy Kaufman -- okay, I know someone's gonna flame me for that one, but come on, how funny is mouthing the words to the Mighty Mouse theme song? I think most people SAY he's funny because they're told he's funny and they don't want to be out of the loop.

I guess I like sight gags best, which is equally strong in US and UK. Also, they translate well for non-speaking acts. I like to watch Benny Hill with the sound turned down so my wife can sleep, and it's still funny (unlike Andy Kaufman.)

Here's what I've always wondered: what do Brits consider an American accent?Southern hick? Texan cowboy? Midwest nasal? New Yawk? Boston chowdda? There's so much to pick from ... what's the "standard"?
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I don't think there is any expectation of a standard accent. there may have been 70 years ago when sound first hit movies. The'cut-glass' English accent prevailed here at that time and for many years afterwards. But this went in the 60s.

No, it's interesting to hear the differing accents from across Americal though to be fair we hear a great many accents reflecting people's ethnic roots.

I still believe one of the finest programmes which also reflected peoples differing voices was the late Alistair Cooke's America. I never tire of periodically reading the book and watching the video.

And by the way, although born in Salford near Manchester, he was brought up and educated at Blackpool and I understand he had an early interest in magic.
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Only by chance did I discover "Little Britain" and enjoyed the first two seasons. Three did not work as well for me.

Here we are mentioning the Python shows (1968-70?), Benny Hill (early 70s?), Fawlty Towers (1980?)... all about twenty years or more behind realtime.

Yeah Red Dwarf was fun, first few seasons. It was a Long windup to season 8 and a cliffhanger. Smile

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Anyone who likes Litle Britain should really try and see the first two series of The League of Gentlemen which had some of the same writers but different on screen talent and was, I think - much much funnier!

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On 2007-03-21 14:53, magicgeorge wrote:
I'm not a big fan of the league of gentleman, it disturbs me. I did like Stella Street. I loved Little Britain when it came out but am getting bored of it now. My favourite comedy dvd at the moment is The Mighty Boosh live.

George



I love the Mighty Boosh and would be very interested in what the Americans make of it. Has it reached the U.S.A. yet? As for the League of Gentlemen being disturbing, what about The Mighty Boosh's nightmare creations like 'Mister Susan', 'Milky Joe' and 'Old Greg'!? Not forgetting the large headed, short legged Tommy Nookah:
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Pay no attention to this post. It's irrelevant.

England and the US. Two countries separated by a common language.

My mother is originally from London. My father is from the US. I grew up with both senses of humor. Hmmmm...

As a lover of all things humorous, I consider myself lucky to be able to understand and enjoy both types. I find American humor to be more direct, physical, slap-stick, and vaudevillian, while English humor I've found to be more indirect, punny, and cerebral.

Given my 'druthers, I'druther watch English humor on the tube. The Young Ones absolutely killed me. I loved it.
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Americans get the humor, but you don't get us getting the humor. Our sense of humor is so much further advanced than your's. Where you might respond with dry witty humor to each others posts, we respond with posts that appear to miss the point entirely. It might not seem funny to a simple people like you, but believe me it's hysterical.
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Now THAT was funny!!!
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I have to confess something. As far as stand up goes other than Eddie Izzard I don't find British comedians very funny. I do like them better than the rest of Europe though and they are one heck of a lot funnier than Arabic comics, when they bomb they really...um...nevermind. Euros can't dance either and Italians and French wear ugly suits.
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I grew up laughing my head off at the Carry On Gang...sad I know...but Brit humor has always been funny to me. I've had like twenty or thirty ex-wives that didn't get Python...poor dears. I had to boot them.

Thanks for the Ken Dodd tip...I'll look him up.

Billy Connely cracks me up as well. (I wish I had been there when he got a gander at my Zibits when he visited Kondini's show.)
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On the Gala Show. Making a fleeting appearance, perhaps a mere 20 minute spot, you will find Ken Dodd. The greatest comedian this country has ever produced. No one doubts that.

He's 80 this year and still works theatres - 3000 seaters - and packs every seat for weeks before the show. He works Tuesday to Sunday and has Mondays off.

Tony James is correct. Ken Dodd is my favorite, and he's the best there is.
I have one of the (command performance tapes) with Ken doing his thing. He had everyone in stitches. It was a laugh a minute.
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I "got" Python ... I just didn't think it was all that funny.
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Python was best described many, many years ago: "Even if within that bushel of bran there hides a kernel of wheat, 'tis not worth the sifting." Except maybe for the Pointy Stick episode. And the Department of Arguments.

Mr. Bean...uproarious. Such a pleasant little twerp of a walking disaster.

Contemporary Brit humour...dunno. BBCAmerica isn't broadcasting anything that catches my eye. My, how they make with the Benny Hill repeats, though!
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But what about the Australians? Is there a wittier (wo)man than Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna?

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Well that would be transpacific, and another heterosexual transvestite, though unlike Eddie Vizard, Barry Humphries only drags up onstage.

We are about to punish the Americans for their friendship with an American version of our hit sitcom, Kath and Kim.

It's very popular here, and apparently in Britain, but doesn't do it for me.

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American TV is also very good at stealing ideas from U.K. Does it also work the other way around? The phenomenally successful "Three's Company" comes to mind. The pilot episode was almost identical to the British script, but somehow was much funnier (it's hard to beat John Ritter for physical comedy.)
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Check out the third season of League of Gentlemen on DVD for a great mock magic video. The gentlemen are magic fans and have done a great parody!
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Couldn't find the series 3 clip Nick - but found this one from the live show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jIM11LpQ654
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