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Old 01-05-2012, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I don't think regions of the country have a distinct sense of humor. Sounds like reaching to me.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Boston Metrowest (via the Philly area)
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Actually, famous comedians seem to be a good indicator for this.

I feel like the Northeast is generally pretty brash, ethnic and deeply sarcastic in its humor (think Lisa Lampanelli, Dennis Leary, and George Carlin), whereas I think of more dry humor for the Midwest (Jim Gaffigan), witty humor for the South (Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White), while the West seems to have lighter sarcasm and a bit more slapstick humor (Margaret Cho, Carlos Mencia).
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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Cleveland's sense of humor is very "off beat" and almost snarky, for example:

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Here's another example:

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Old 01-05-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: The City
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I don't think regions of the country have a distinct sense of humor. Sounds like reaching to me.

I actually find I need to tone my sarcasm back significantly when I leave the NE
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I actually find I need to tone my sarcasm back significantly when I leave the NE
Not with me. I'd be right there with you.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:37 PM
 
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I live in a region that hates hacks like Dane Cook and Carlos Mencia.
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Old 01-05-2012, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Too much sarcasm is annoying. I had a teacher from NY who was very sarcastic and it got old fast. Every sentence doesn't need sarcasm. It's used to belittle people.

Anyways, I agree with Kidphilly. I do notice sarcasm is more prevalent going into the NE.
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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I'd call New York's Humor intellectual/ethnic.

Take a look at big time NYC comedians like George Carlin, Chris Rock, John Leguizamo, Lenny Bruce, or Sen. Al Franken.

We're the nation's intellectual center and historically its immigration center. So it figures, doesn't it?
Al Franken is NOT a New Yorker
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Old 01-06-2012, 03:18 PM
 
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I actually find I need to tone my sarcasm back significantly when I leave the NE
I find I need to tone mine down when I leave the house.....
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:44 AM
 
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When I lived in Ohio, one of my bosses moved in from Philadelphia. He had a very sarcastic sense of humor and that didn't set well with the native Ohioans. Sometimes we couldn't tell if he was joking or not. He also talked very fast and wanted that report RIGHT NOW! He also made fun of one of my co-worker's Appalachian twang. (Although natives of central and northern Ohio do the same thing but he cracked jokes about inbreeding.)

Now that I live in Alabama, I notice a sort of witty sense of humor down here. In Ohio, it was more a dry sense of humor with an occasional "ha ha I farted" type joke. I noticed southerners tend to joke around with other and laugh and smile more.
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