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Butch Cassidy Sep 17th 2009 11:38 pm

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Alan2005 (Post 7940994)
As much as british humour is based on class, yank humour is based on race. I watch jon stewart regularly and they seem obsessed by it. There's that guy who does the 'black correspondent' bit - I can kind of see why americans find it funny, it just seems odd to me though.

That is (in my opinion) because Yanks (generally) see race as 'class'.

Oink Sep 17th 2009 11:44 pm

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Alan2005 (Post 7940994)
As much as british humour is based on class, yank humour is based on race. I watch jon stewart regularly and they seem obsessed by it. There's that guy who does the 'black correspondent' bit - I can kind of see why americans find it funny, it just seems odd to me though.

As I suggested before, I believe the only major differences between the various immigrant groups in NA are ethnicity and religion and the prejudice and stereotypes that go along with that, so its not surprising that their humour is centered on these constructs

bsmith Sep 17th 2009 11:49 pm

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7940950)
I personally think the American comics that resort to this type of material come across as unfunny bigoted a-holes.

...wouldn't say these performers "resort" to this type of materiel - they do (did) confront these difficult issues in a straight-on confrontational manner. If you find them unfunny, fair enough, but these particular chaps are, I believe, the opposite of bigoted.

Lord Vader Sep 17th 2009 11:59 pm

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7938277)
It's interesting that N. Americans overwhelmingly self identify as middle class. Everyone from a school caretaker to Jay Leno, from factory worker to Bill Gates. How do you laugh at people who are essentially the same as you, just more successful?

At least with the more distinct class structure in the UK it gives us good comic material. It's funny to laugh at the idiocy of the upper classes, the pitiable sycophancy of the middle class and the bumbling militancy of the working class. In NA, the major differences are ethnicity and religion. Making fun at those just comes across as unseemly bigoted.

What about the individual?

Oink Sep 18th 2009 12:01 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Lord Vader (Post 7941069)
What about the individual?

Which one?

Lord Vader Sep 18th 2009 12:08 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7941074)
Which one?

guess

PrairieSushi Sep 18th 2009 1:16 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy (Post 7940997)
That is (in my opinion) because Yanks (generally) see race as 'class'.

British Rail used to have 1st and 2nd class compartments ... the US is the only western country that I'm aware of that segregated public transport based on skin colour.

I think they're in turn embarrassed, obsessed and amused by their own very recent history and it's "racial issues".

Trekkie fact: an episode where Kirk and Uhura kissed wasn't shown widely in the US.

Alan2005 Sep 18th 2009 1:23 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7941018)
As I suggested before, I believe the only major differences between the various immigrant groups in NA are ethnicity and religion and the prejudice and stereotypes that go along with that, so its not surprising that their humour is centered on these constructs

Maybe - it is blurred tho. Butch has suggested that americans see race as class, I can see where he is coming from, but not sure I agree entirely.

Take the film 'trading places' - that comedy clasic is very much based on social class. But also Eddie Murphy is the poor guy from the underclass, so maybe it's based on race too, although I can say I honestly never thought of it that way. Not sure if this supports his premise or not:confused:

Butch Cassidy Sep 18th 2009 1:43 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by PrairieSushi (Post 7941254)
British Rail used to have 1st and 2nd class compartments ... the US is the only western country that I'm aware of that segregated public transport based on skin colour.

I think they're in turn embarrassed, obsessed and amused by their own very recent history and it's "racial issues".

Trekkie fact: an episode where Kirk and Uhura kissed wasn't shown widely in the US.

Point 1) I Believe it was in certain STATES not national.
Point 2) Does the word APARTHEID ring a bell? :p

PrairieSushi Sep 18th 2009 4:23 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy (Post 7941296)
Point 1) I Believe it was in certain STATES not national.

Don't think I said the entire frikkin (good use of Canadian eh?) USA endorsed it with heart and soul :p

Unfortunately what one part of any country accepts as normal often brands the entire nation as a whole in the eyes of the rest of the world.


Originally Posted by Butch Cassidy (Post 7941296)
Point 2) Does the word APARTHEID ring a bell? :p

South Africa?? Did I have to limit my comment to the developed northern hemisphere??

Go fork yourself twice over with the blunt end of a lacrosse stick :o

Oink Sep 18th 2009 4:39 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 
bollox.

Alan2005 Sep 18th 2009 4:42 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7941565)
bollox.

:confused:

Oink Sep 18th 2009 5:18 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Alan2005 (Post 7941571)
:confused:

Its all just bollox.


Translated as; we all live lives of quiet desperation.

Alan2005 Sep 18th 2009 5:29 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7941610)
Its all just bollox.


Translated as; we all live lives of quiet desperation.

Er .. ok then!

triumphguy Sep 18th 2009 5:52 am

Re: Canadians' Sense of Humour?
 

Originally Posted by Oink (Post 7941610)
Its all just bollox.

Make sure you keep your bollox out of my cider thread!:sneaky:


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