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#1 ~Flick~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:33 PM

I DETEST "obvious" humour in TV shows and movies. Like when the joke has to be actually spelt out to you and explained after a humourous comment is made. A typical situation in American sitcoms and movies. Yes! We got the joke....you don't have to explain it!! Just make a comment!!!

English comedy definitely appeals to me, as does a lot of Australian comedy. It seems to be so more subtle and "clever" in my opinion. A comment or comeback doesn't need explanation that so many American shows seem to need.

Maybe I should have put this in the Venting section biggrin.gif






#2 **Xena**

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:39 PM

Like I said in the other thread I generally like (what I consider) witty, dry and/or sarcastic one liners (such as in Daria and Black Books), geek humour (such as in Red Dwarf and the Big Bang Theory) and random stuff (Top Gear). I also like 'kids' comedies such as Muppets and Pixar films.

I hate with a passion Seinfeld, anything with Chris Lilley and toilet/peurile humour such as can be found in South Park, Family guy and Beavis and Butthead.

I don't do Bacon or LOLCats but I do do LOLChairs

#3 LambChop

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

I'm big on puns and inuendo, like Monty Python etc.  Slapstick has me rolling my eyes.  This comes from my Dad, he was very much an 'intellectual' humourist - I grew up doing long car trips listening to tapes of The Goon Show lol.

#4 BadCat

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:40 PM

I like Family Guy because it pushes the obvious to the extreme as one giant p*ss-take.

I enjoy Python, Big Bang, Shaun of the Dead - that sort of thing.

Little Britain and British sitcoms leave me cold.  Anything that relies on the characters being stupid or clumsy annoys me.

#5 BetteBoop

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:41 PM

I like to think I'm cerebral but the truth is I'll laugh at fart jokes too.

I'm easily amused.

#6 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:41 PM

I love the old British surrealist type of humour along the lines of Monty Python. Most British stuff I like. A lot of the American stuff leaves me cold. Generally if there has to be a laugh track to tell you what's funny, I'm not laughing along.
Most crass humour makes me feel slightly nauseous, although I still think there's a place for a good fart joke.
I love the British standup comics like Billy Connolly, Ben Elton and Ross Noble.


#7 LambChop

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:42 PM

Oh and, The Two Ronnies, The Goodies.

More recently... Big Bang Theory.

I like Little Britain, it's so wrong... can't stand Borat though, humiliating 'real' people doesn't make me laugh.

#8 **Xena**

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:44 PM

QUOTE
Ross Noble


He is one of my favourite comedians of all time!!

#9 .Jerry.

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

The "comedies" I like are not the laugh out loud kind usually.
My current favourite is "Parks and Recreation", though "30 Rock" has also been a recent fave.

Can't stand stuff like "Big Bang Theory", but was a fan of Seinfeld.
Did like the Monty Python crew.  Didn't like Rowan Atkinson stuff, except for Blackadder.

I'm very all over the place with humour.

#10 ~Flick~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:48 PM

What a range of ideas! Thanks for the replies peeps!
Chasers crack me up. I do love politically incorrect -- always sorta gets me as I think it's gone too far, but still CRINGE at some of the comments. The thing is, sometimes it's just so true to what you have seen and experienced.

#11 Feral-as-Meggs

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:50 PM

How about satire like Yes Minister or The Games?   They just get funnier and funnier as you get to know the characters and the back story.  

Same with the LOLcats - the more you get the references, the funnier they are.  

I love Blackadder, but can't stand Mr Bean - I have to leave the room it's so embarrassing.  


#12 SlinkyMalinki

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:51 PM

DH and I are really into stand up comedy, we used to go to a lot of gigs pre-kids, now just occasionally get to see a couple of our favourites.  Off the top of my head, we've enjoyed Ross Noble, Mark Watson, Jason Byrne, Adam Hills, Wil Anderson, Stephen K Amos.  

I don't mind Family Guy, but think American Dad is better.  
I liked South Park when it first came out, but probably haven't seen it for about 10 years.  I loved the best years of The Simpsons, but don't really watch the new ones.  

Not into many sitcoms, though I do enjoy Big Bang Theory.

I like many of the Australian productions shown on the ABC like Gordon Street, Gruen, Laid, Laurence Leung.  I liked many of the things The Chaser did a couple of years ago.  Don't like Chris Lilleys recent work, but loved We Can Be Heroes.  

My favourite movie ever is the original American Pie.  I couldn't count the number of times I've seen it, and still find it hilarious.  I'm yet to see the reunion, but I've been looking forward to it since it was announced.  Other than that, I don't really do gross-out comedy.  Not so big on romantic comedies either.  

Comedy DVDs we own and enjoy are 30 Rock, Scrubs, Flight of the Conchords, The IT Crowd, How I Met Your Mother.

I love stupid Internet memes for an instant laugh - at the moment I quite like Feminist Ryan Gosling, though it's been around for a while.  I also like internet humor like Damn You Autocorrect.

#13 kadoodle

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:53 PM

QUOTE (LambChop @ 12/04/2012, 08:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I'm big on puns and inuendo, like Monty Python etc.  Slapstick has me rolling my eyes.  This comes from my Dad, he was very much an 'intellectual' humourist - I grew up doing long car trips listening to tapes of The Goon Show lol.


I could have happily strangled Bluebottle on some of those drives to Ararat!

Another BritCom fan - Python, Red Dwarf, Yes (Prime)Minister, Dr Who, Shameless and other dark comedies work for me.

SitCom and RomCom makes me cringe, but DH loves them.  

Locally I like Rod Quantok, Working Dog, 1st season of Packed to the Rafters and don't mind RockQuiz or Spicks and Specks.  Play School is pretty funnt some days too.  Nothing else springs to mind ATM.

ETA - My favourite source of humor is political cartoons.  I love Tandberg, Petty, Spooner and Leunig, but a cartoon will move and reach me in ways TV or movies just can't.

For written comedy, Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Bill Bryson and Shane Maloney are my go-tos.

Edited by kadoodle, 12 April 2012 - 08:00 PM.


#14 baddmammajamma

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:56 PM


America definitely has some of the worst "comedy" out there, but we also have a few of the best.

I love political satire -- I think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are geniuses.

In print, The Onion & Andy Borowitz always make me laugh.

And in the OTT department, I love Chris Rock's live shows.

This might get me deported, but I can't stand the Dame Edna stuff.

#15 Kiki M

Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:59 PM

I was discussing this with my brother recently, as I mentioned that I wanted to go and see Judith Lucy at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. He said he does not find her funny at all, but she is one of my all-time favourite comics, I love her dry and self-depracating sense of humour.

I used to go to the comedy festival every year, I've seen comics like Adam Hills and Arj Barker, and a lot of lesser-known comedians. Probably if I had to categorise I would say I like clever and dry humour. I don't discriminate on nationality - I love John Cleese and Ricky Gervais, but I also like Steve Carrell and I think a show like Modern Family is one of the cleverest and funniest things I've seen in years.

#16 jodi

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:00 PM

I love Big Bang Theory... and The Office (US)... I laugh until I can't breath!!

#17 DEVOCEAN

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 12/04/2012, 07:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I like Family Guy because it pushes the obvious to the extreme as one giant p*ss-take.

I enjoy Python, Big Bang, Shaun of the Dead - that sort of thing.

Most of those we also watch and love. The older kids fave movie to watch for the ick funny is Black Sheep.

#18 50ftqueenie

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:01 PM

I don't like the way people write off American humour as being all brain dead sitcoms like Two and a Half Men etc.  There is better stuff out there.

Show from the last ten years that have made me laugh
Arrested Development
30 Rock
The Office (both versions!)
Extras

With the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on it is also worth noting some of the great stand up acts I've seen there over the years Rich Hall, Ross Noble, David O'Doherty, Anthony Morgan, Judith Lucy and the absolutely incredible Daniel Kitson.  



#19 **Xena**

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 12/04/2012, 07:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
This might get me deported, but I can't stand the Dame Edna stuff.


Don't worry I'm not a fan either.

Gruen and Spicks and Specks were the only shows I watched on TV. Now I watch nothing on TV just what I get from the internet (the Big Bang Theory and Once Upon A Time (not comedy)) and have on DVD.

#20 ~Flick~

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:04 PM

Funny, I still laugh at re-runs of Green Acres.

#21 kadoodle

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:05 PM

QUOTE (baddmammajamma @ 12/04/2012, 08:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
America definitely has some of the worst "comedy" out there, but we also have a few of the best.

I love political satire -- I think Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert are geniuses.

In print, The Onion & Andy Borowitz always make me laugh.

And in the OTT department, I love Chris Rock's live shows.

This might get me deported, but I can't stand the Dame Edna stuff.


With you all the way on Dame Edna - she makes me cringe.



#22 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:07 PM

QUOTE (**Xena** @ 12/04/2012, 07:44 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
He is one of my favourite comedians of all time!!


I've got tickets to go and see him next month!   eexcite.gif


#23 Guest_NinjahAlpaca_*

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:08 PM

Hard to say.  I've been thinking about this a lot today, and I'm beginning to think that the more stressed out I get the more things I find funny - like breaking into hysterical giggles at something terribly un-funny.  I'm sure I used to be more selective.

In general, though I agree with most of the PPs - American sitcoms with canned laughter are awful (most of them) but I like a lot of the British stuff already mentioned.

Will add Dylan Moran, Eddie Izzard, Jon Stewart, *some* Big Bang Theory just for the nerd-factor.

I also still titter away at Tom and Jerry on occasion.

Oh - and Flushed Away - one of my all time faves - THE SLUGS!!!   wub.gif



#24 **Xena**

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:11 PM

QUOTE (RootFerretOfDoom @ 12/04/2012, 08:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've got tickets to go and see him next month!   eexcite.gif


So Jealous. We were lucky on our Honeymoon a couple of years ago. He put on an extra show so we got to see him. I loved when he described toddlers as "shaved suicidal monkeys and it's our job as parents to stop them killing themselves." Having a toddler at the time I could relate so much!

ETA: I also got to see How To Train Your Dragon in 3D at the cuinema- best honeymoon EVA!!

Edited by **Xena**, 12 April 2012 - 08:12 PM.


#25 FeralFerretOfDoom

Posted 12 April 2012 - 08:12 PM

Oh, and I love these guys.

http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2011/s3252074.htm




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