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Old 03-02-2012, 09:56 PM
 
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Have you noticed people from different nationalities tend to have a different sense of humour? I mean humour is unique to everyone, and there are some things which all people find funny, but do you really think there is really anything truth to the theory that certain nationalities tend to prefer some types of humour?

For example:

Americans - wacky, slapstick, one-line jokes, situational comedy, very 'obvious', political satire, observational humour

British - witty, ironic, subtle, satirical, clever, dry, self-deprecating

Irish - Like to tell funny stories

Australia - Raunchy, crude, impressions, taking the '****', social commentary,

French - Slapstick/caper/ridiculous style comedy, observational humour

Germany/Netherlands/Scandinavia - Absent, lol, jk...Dry

Italy, Spain - 'Slice of life', slightly surreal for Spain

Chinese - Similar to French

Japanese - Goofy/weird comedy, dark comedy

Indian - Kind of like Italian humour

Latin America - Similar to Spain

African - Day to day observational humour
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Old 03-03-2012, 12:40 AM
 
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Have you noticed people from different nationalities tend to have a different sense of humour? I mean humour is unique to everyone, and there are some things which all people find funny, but do you really think there is really anything truth to the theory that certain nationalities tend to prefer some types of humour?

For example:

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British - witty, ironic, subtle, satirical, clever, dry, self-deprecating
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Describes Russian sense of humor as well ( or very close to it, just not as subtle probably.)

Few days ago I came across a sample of Russian joke ( anecdot) in "Moscow in your pocket" guide.
This is a joke on a subject of infamous Russian bureaucracy, it goes something like this;

An American spy arrives at the Lubyanka ( headquarters of the former KGB ( secret service)) having decided he is going to turn himself in. "Hello, I am an American spy" he tells the first officer he sees. "Go to the room 5" - the officer answers. The spy goes to room 5 - "Hello, I'm an American spy" he says. "Do you have a gun?" - the next officer asks. "Yes" he says.
"Then go to room 9." The spy goes to room 9. "Hello, I'm an American spy, I have a gun" he tells the officer in room 9. "Do you have a communication device?" he asks. "Yes" the spy replies. "Then go to room 14."
"Hello, I am an American spy, I have a gun and a communication device, I want to give myself up." The officer in room 14 asks "Do you have a mission?" "Yes" replies the spy. "Well why don't you go and get on with it, we are very busy here you know!"

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Yep, sounds pretty typical to me...

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Old 03-03-2012, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, Alaska (most of the time)
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British - witty, ironic, subtle, satirical, clever, dry, self-deprecating
I'd say this describes the sense/kind of humour of most Swedes I know.
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Old 03-03-2012, 01:50 AM
 
Location: Canada
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How would you guys describe Canadian humour? I've always noticed it seemed somehow distinct but could never really put my finger on how exactly. Much like the cultures in general, I find the Anglo manifestation a bit similar to American humour, but still clearly distinct from it in important ways, rather obviously if you watch Canadian humour television shows. Quebecois humour seems particularly distinct, a bit like Anglo-Canadian humour, but with many unique indigenous elements, notably more of an enjoyment of gags. It doesn't seem much like French humour from what I can tell.
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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Describes Russian sense of humor as well ( or very close to it, just not as subtle probably.)

Few days ago I came across a sample of Russian joke ( anecdot) in "Moscow in your pocket" guide.
This is a joke on a subject of infamous Russian bureaucracy, it goes something like this;

An American spy arrives at the Lubyanka ( headquarters of the former KGB ( secret service)) having decided he is going to turn himself in. "Hello, I am an American spy" he tells the first officer he sees. "Go to the room 5" - the officer answers. The spy goes to room 5 - "Hello, I'm an American spy" he says. "Do you have a gun?" - the next officer asks. "Yes" he says.
"Then go to room 9." The spy goes to room 9. "Hello, I'm an American spy, I have a gun" he tells the officer in room 9. "Do you have a communication device?" he asks. "Yes" the spy replies. "Then go to room 14."
"Hello, I am an American spy, I have a gun and a communication device, I want to give myself up." The officer in room 14 asks "Do you have a mission?" "Yes" replies the spy. "Well why don't you go and get on with it, we are very busy here you know!"

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Yep, sounds pretty typical to me...
Good one!

P.J. O'Rourke had some good Russian jokes in his books that poked fun at the USSR's backwards economy during the Cold War time.

A Soviet army general and US general are having a chat at one of those detente meetings that were so popular back in the day.

"So, how much calories you feed your troops every day?" asks the Soviet general. "We feed ours 1,000 calories!"

"Only one thousand calories?!" remarks the American general. "Why, our troops get at least 2,500 to 3,000 calories a day."

"Nonsense!" retorts the Soviet general, "No one can eat an entire sack of potatoes in one day!"
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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This thread is just another indication for Trimac's general and stereotyped thinking. The statement that the Chinese humour is similar to the French one takes the cake
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:25 AM
 
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How do you describe a nation's humour without telling a joke?

Malaysia shares a border with Thailand, and smuggling is an everyday occurrence given the different exchange rates.

Everyday a Thai farmer came riding his bicycle across the Sungai Golok bridge with a sack of sand strapped to the back of the bike. The Malaysian border guard checked him every day, thoroughly examining the sack of sand. Nothing in it.

This went on every day for an entire month. Finally, the border guard stopped the farmer and said, "I know you are smuggling something, but I don't know what it is. If I promise not to arrest you, and give you RM50, can you tell me what you are smuggling?"

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"Bicycles."
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Old 03-03-2012, 07:51 AM
 
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I'd say this describes the sense/kind of humour of most Swedes I know.
Interesting.

Speaking of Swedish humour, I find this bloke to be hilarious (former lead singer from the band Whale):


Knackelibang on the door! - YouTube
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Spain
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Interesting.

Speaking of Swedish humour, I find this bloke to be hilarious (former lead singer from the band Whale):


Knackelibang on the door! - YouTube
Lol, you find that funny¿?
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:48 AM
 
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Lol, you find that funny¿?
Yep, but that's the thing about humour. What makes us laugh doesn just differ by country, it differs by individual.
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