British and american humor

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British and american humor

  1. 1. British and American sense of humor Names: Gabriela Calvo Beatriz Ganga
  2. 2. Introduction Sense of humour (AmE humor) an ability to see the funny side of life, is considered essential by most British and American people. Humour is a phenomenon which is influenced by culture. Factors: age, personal experience, level of education and geographical location.
  3. 3. Definitions Irony: Someone says the opposite of what they mean and the listener believes the opposite of what they said. Joke: short story ending with a funny climactic twist Sarcasm: using witty language to convey insults or scorn.
  4. 4. Definitions Slapstick: a boisterous form of comedy marked by chases, collisions, and crude practical jokes, like slipping on banana skins. Clown: to act stupidly, often to make other people laugh. Anecdote: any interesting event, either having to do with a celebrity or something smaller, that helps the humourist make a point
  5. 5. British humour “It is clear that humour is far superior to humor” Oscar Wilde The main feature in the British humor is definitely the SARCASM. The macabre, the absurd, the ironies of life and the misfortunes own and others are usually the center of the target of British comic spirit
  6. 6. British humour Childish behavior
  7. 7. British humour Very important! when you are talking with British people, they say jokes with a serious tone, and you don t know when they're kidding you, so to understand them, you must be connected with the conversation.
  8. 8. British humour
  9. 9. American Humor It's interesting how often American comedy is about classism, sexism, elitism, raci sm and immigration issues, all diseases of our society. It is through humor that Americans overcome their anxieties and discomfort with these issues.
  10. 10. American Humor
  11. 11. American Humor Lol has gone from meaning, "laugh out loud" to "I have nothing else to say". Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died. "just kidding!!" "If you don't come out tonight, I'm going to have you shot... just kidding!”
  12. 12. American Humor
  13. 13. Conclusion • British use irony on a daily basis, whereas it is not the foundation of American humour. • American are more slapstick than British. • British use childish behaviour. For the British, American comedies are too superficial. For Americans, British comedies are so sophisticated and cold that it is hard to understand them.

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