American Vs British Comedy - Which Is Better?


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Published: 9 months ago
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Doug Stanhope on US News: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Oww4Ap3YZA

UK Vs US coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAz-F1QnyCk

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9 months ago

+Praise the Sun And just what, if I may inquire, is it that you think I want to hear?

1 month ago

+robsku1 Maybe you should be paying more attention, then you'd hear what he's actually saying as opposed to what you want to hear.

1 month ago

+Praise the Sun The point of the stuff about american and british news is well explained in the video and is related with the differences in american and british comedy. If you didn't catch that, then you were not really paying much attention.

1 month ago

As an American I can confirm that our news is pretty terrible, also lots of false/misleading information.

1 month ago

The Closer Look Very insightful! I hadn't thought of this before. Something interesting I've noticed with shows like Parks and Rec is that the audience IS the straight man. When the characters make eye contact with the camera it serves the same function as cutting to the straight man

2 months ago

So the worst period of your life you couldn't play games or watch YouTube or Netflix for 2 weeks, and at 1 point you had to go to Starbucks to upload content. If this is your most terrifying experience, you're blessed. Great content, wish you hadn't ended it with a melodramatic anecdote to sell an ad.

3 hours ago

ya we got depressed because brittan came here.

6 hours ago

did you even ask who did the census? qualifying "facts" especially where raw data is concerned is essential because people fabricate and manipulate the data all the time

6 hours ago

Wow that was fascinating. You have a great channel!!!!

7 hours ago

The difference is Americans are stupid. There's your answer.

1 day ago

difference? British comedy is funny.

1 day ago

Very wise words.

1 day ago

Well american humor is stupid and underlining. Except Andy Kauffman and Frank Zappa.

1 day ago

Your video is wrong

1 day ago

I was so happy when he showed fawltey towers because as a Brit I LOVE it

2 days ago

The straight man trope as you call it is absent in British humour because it does not reflect the style of male behaviour in the UK.

5 days ago

Back in the 1960s / 70s I would say that British comedy, especially on TV was generally better than US comedy which seemed very formulaic. In the UK Americans were then viewed as a very straight-forward people who had zero sense of Irony. During the 80s - 90s there was a change over, with only a very few very good comedies on UK TV, a new brand of ironic humour began to emerge in the US I strongly link this with Seinfeld/HBO/Larry David. I guess it's the 'Jewish outsider' strain of comedy earlier visible in Woody Allen's films. There was definitely a period from the 90s - 00s when US comedy was a powerhouse of originality and imagination, Frazier, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Friends etc., with plenty of irony. In the mid-late 90s UK comedy also started a burst of creativity from the Fast Show, Alan Partridge, Chris Morris, Amando Ionnuci etc. However on both sides of the Atlantic in more recent years there has been an attempt to 'bottle' and sell this kind of creativity which just means boring, derivative inept attempts to copy the past successes rather than to explore new directions. Comedy is going through a very dull and boringly unoriginal/unfunny period now.

5 days ago

You understand "The Closer Look" is quite american when they state british comedy as depressing when it is actually funny.

6 days ago

British comedy>American conedy
Because only Britain can kill the Indians and not have any consequences 🤣

6 days ago

Author has clearly not seen the end of the jurassic bark episode. It ends ends way down

6 days ago

Personally, I have observed that in recent generations self depricating humour riddled by cynicism is quite common among Americans. I think that this have to do with meme culture and social media being an outlet for angst and resentment that has substantially less personal accountability while not having to identify with and defend your statement/observation as if in person.

Your points on plot conclusion appear to be exactly that, plot, not necessarily humour. I understand that there is a laugh to be found in a chaotic ending found in British entertainment, but I wouldn't call the propensity for American shows to have more sentimential plot conclusion to be an expression of humour. It's just a writing style and a means of restoring a setting to its "homeostasis" so that the next iteration can start somewhere familiar with having some overarching change of importance that will remmain evident in the episodes to come; whereas British entertainment just kind of says "Eh, Bullocks! Sometime between when this mess happens and next episode things will work out."

Anyway, while I agree historically British humour has featured more cynicism, more recently cultural diffusion by means of internet information exchange and the fusion of entertainment cults across borders has resulted in the countries' flavours of humour being much less exclusive, leaning towards more cynicism.

6 days ago

The american office is like the office but it's american, i think I've cracked the code.

1 week ago

My take on it is that Americans tend to prefer stronger and more admirable characters that they can look up to and aspire to be like, while British people tend to prefer more grounded and flawed characters that they can relate to and sympathise with

1 week ago

DUDE. SUDAFED!

1 week ago