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BRITISH HUMOUR

 

Charles Chaplin, Peter Sellers, Benny Hill, John Cleese and Rowan

Atkinson as Mr. Bean are examples of famous international comedians -

and all of them are British. But why has British comedy been so

successful? One answer may be that humour and laughter are very

important to the British. The traditional image of a British person for

many foreigners is a conventional and reserved person who doesn't show

any emotion. However, perhaps because they are generally reserved

people, they use humour to deal with life and all its problems.

Everybody in Britain is expected to have a sense of humour. And the

British use humour and irony in situations which might seem very

strange, almost frivolous, for other cultures. Professors giving serious

lectures at university often start off with a joke to get people relaxed

and interested. Business people mix humour and statistics when making

important presentations. Some doctors try to get a laugh to relax their

patients. Even priests tell jokes in church!

 

Why is British humour often difficult for foreigners to understand?

Jokes are related to culture. They often refer to people and places that

are only familiar to the British themselves. Іf a visitor to Britain

sees on a wall "Guy Fawkes, where are you when we need you?" it would

probably seem a meaningless piece of graffiti. You need to know that Guy

Fawkes was the man who tried to blow up the English parliament building

in 1605. Once you know that, you realise that the joke is saying that

politicians in parliament are useless and people would be better off

without them.

 

І don't care what it's been, І want to know what it is now!

 

To understand that joke, you need to know that "it's" is a short form of

"it is" or "it has", and you need to know that "been" and "bean" are

omonyms. A lot of British humour is universal and because of that

comedians like Charlie Chaplin, Benny Hill and Mr. Bean have been

successful all over the world. Their humour is visual and they express

it in situations that people can ail relate to — they can all have a

good giggle or fall about laughing.

 

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