British and American
sense of humor
Sense of humour (AmE humor) an ability to see the funny
side of life, is considered essential by most British and
Humour is a phenomenon which is influenced by culture.
Factors: age, personal experience, level of education and
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
witty language to
convey insults or
Slapstick: a boisterous
form of comedy marked
chases, collisions, and
jokes, like slipping on
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
“It is clear that humour is far superior to humor” Oscar
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
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.
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
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.
"If you don't come out
tonight, I'm going to have
you shot... just kidding!”
• 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.