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British Sense of Humour

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Diego Candea

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Transcript of British Sense of Humour

British Sense of Humour
Characteristics and cultural weight

Diego Volante Gómez
Table of contents
What is humour?
How can it help us?
Is it related to culture?
1.Intro - What is humour?
2.How British people see "their" humour?
3.Main characteristics of British humour
4.What makes Britain laugh?
5.British typical jokes
How British people see "their" humour
3. Main characteristics
of British humour
Nancy Astor to Winston Churchill:
"If I were your wife, I would put poison in your coffee"
Winston Churchill to Nancy Astor:
"And if I were your husband , I would drink it"

“At the end of exams, I'll be a highly-qualified corpse”.

Black humour
"The Law is the true embodiment
of everything that's excellent.
it has no kind of fault or flaw,
and I, my Lords, embody the Law".
Iolanthe, 1882
The great dictator. Chaplin
The humorous
Bridget Jones’s Diary
The League of Gentlemen
- Tortoise
4.What makes them laugh?
The Royal Christmas, by The Royle Family
Politics and society
Tony Blair and George Bush
The Frost Report - I know my place
Intro (-1.08)
The Boss and Paki
Javier Moya Rico
Diego Volante Gómez
The family
The Frost Report - I know my place
Losers and fools
Race and accents
Manuel- I know nothing
Are there any questions?
7. British typical jokes
One day an Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman walked into a pub together. They each bought a pint of Guinness. Just as they were about to enjoy their creamy beverage, three flies landed in each of their pints, and were stuck in the thick head.
The Englishman pushed his beer away in disgust. The Scotsman fished the fly out of his beer, and continued drinking it, as if nothing had happened. The Irishman, too, picked the fly out of his drink, held it out over the beer, and started yelling, "SPIT IT OUT, SPIT IT OUT YOU BASTARD!!!!”
“Englishman, Scotsman and Irishman...”jokes
British typical jokes
Q: What do you call an Essex girl with half a brain ?
A: Gifted!
Q: How do Essex girl braincells die ?
A: Alone.
Q: How do you make an Essex girl's eyes light up ?
A: Shine a flashlight in their ear.
Q. What does an Essex girl say after her doctor tells her that she's pregnant?
A: Is it mine?
Essex girls jokes
What kind of ears does an engine have? Engineers

I went to the paper shop — It had blown away.

1st Eskimo: Where did your mother come from?
2nd Eskimo: Alaska
1st Eskimo: Don't bother, I'll ask her myself!
British typical jokes
Word games
British typical jokes
Medium level
Three witches watch three Swatch watches. Which witch watch which Swatch watch?
(Tres brujas miran tres relojes Swatch. ¿Qué bruja mira cada reloj Swatch?)

Hard level
Three switched witches watch three Swatch watch switches. Which switched witch watch which Swatch watch switch?
(Tres brujas transexuales miran los botones de tres relojes Swatch. ¿Qué bruja transexual mira los botones de cada reloj Swatch?)

“Madness” level
Three Swedish switched witches watch three Swiss Swatch watch switches. Which Swedish switched witch watch which Swiss Swatch watch switch?
(Tres brujas suecas transexuales miran los botones de tres relojes Swatch suizos. ¿Qué bruja sueca transexual mira cada botón de cada reloj Swatch suizo?)
Tongue Twisters
8. Conclusion
Main characteristics
of British humour
"The famous British sense of humour has long been our most cherished national characteristic. We have valued it above historic military victories and great works of literature, above our rich scenic landscape and our talent for invention. Comedians, not generals or sports stars or scientists or politicians, are the truly loved public figures of Britain.
"He's a good laugh," is the warmest personal accolade any individual can receive from friends. Our ability to make a joke of anything is supposed to have seen us through wars and crises, saved us from revolution and political extremism."
Leo McKinstry

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