An introduction to british comedy


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  • The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
  • Comedy based on deliberately clumsy actions and humorously embarrassing events
  • An introduction to british comedy

    1. 1. BRITISH HUMOUR “It is clear that humour is far superior to humor.” Oscar Wilde
    2. 2. Starter How many of these comedy films can you name? How many of those films were American?
    3. 3. What is Humour? Humour or humor is the tendency of particular cognitive experiences to provoke laughter and provide amusement. The term derives from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks, which taught that the balance of fluids in the human body, known as humors
    4. 4. Types of Humour  Sarcasm Quotation marks around any word to make it funnier. The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.
    5. 5.  Physical /Visual Humour  Physical comedy, also known as slapstick is a comedic performance relying mostly on the use of the body to convey humour.  Mr Bean  Charlie Chapin  The Three Stooges
    6. 6. Satire Making fun of famous people in general. (Political Satire)
    7. 7. The Macabre (Black Humour) Monty Python sketch "dead parrot." In this sketch, a man tries to make another man believe that a parrot is dead Death at a funeral This was remade by the Americans but really did not work for me….. •
    8. 8. Pun/Sexual Innuendo A play on words where there is a double meaning Sexual innuendo is where one interpretation has a sexual nature. Rainbow
    9. 9. Parody A literary or artistic work that imitates the characteristic style of an author or a work for comic effect or ridicule Jack Black does Lord of the Rings
    10. 10. Topical or Cultural Reference Humour This is humour that relate to the current issues in our society (and often be of a serious nature) Achmed the dead terrorist
    11. 11. How is British Humour different to US? According to Stephen Fry
    12. 12. • Cruelty British humour in particular can be cruel and sad. Bullying and harsh sarcasm
    13. 13. Childish behavior To laugh at people misfortune and bad luck
    14. 14.  Racism Making fun of the English and foreigners: Germans, French, Spanish, Irish,...
    15. 15. • More Smutty and innuendo in nature •The Inbetweeners Disrespect to members of the establishment: Spitting Image and Margaret Thatcher
    16. 16. Other Sources to look at better-than-american british-humour/