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    Comedy: Britain Vs America



    Time to get the battle axes out again , this time for comedy.

    Britain

    Sitcoms
    Fawlty Towers
    Dad's Army
    Only Fools and Horses
    Porridge
    Open All Hours
    Blackadder
    Absolutely Fabulous
    Father Ted
    Spaced
    Red Dwarf
    Mr. Bean
    Black Books
    Little Britain
    The Office
    The IT Crowd
    The Mighty Boosh

    Stand Up
    Billy Connolly
    Bill Bailey
    Lee Evans
    Eddie Izzard
    Ricky Gervais
    Jimmy Carr
    Jack Dee
    Michael McIntyre
    Russell Brand
    Russel Howard
    Al Murray
    Rowan Atkinson


    America
    Sitcoms
    M*A*S*H
    Cheers
    Fraiser
    Friends
    Seinfeld
    Curb Your Enthusiasm
    Arrested Development
    King of Queens
    Two and A Half Men
    Scrubs
    How I Met Your Mother
    Animated
    South Park
    The Simpsons
    Futurama
    Family Guy
    American Dad

    Stand Up
    George Carlin
    Chris Rock
    Martin Lawrence
    Eddie Murphy
    Robin Williams
    Dave Chappelle
    Richard Pryor
    Bill Hicks

    If I've missed any big shows, I'll try add them later, but I think I've got a fair selection.

    I'm torn completely on this, I love both sides, Scrubs being my top, with Only Fools held close to my heart also. We both produce fantastic shows. Stand up is what pulls me towards Britain, Lee Evans, Ricky Gervias and Jimmy Carr are brilliant. But I'll have to vote for America, because of their great sitcoms.

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    an I not have a mix?

    American TV with UK Comedians?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave-The-Rave View Post
    an I not have a mix?

    American TV with UK Comedians?
    If only life what just that simple .



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    Little Britain?

    Our standups are way better IMO, our sitcoms not quite as good but Britain is better overall.

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    I'll just vote America then cause I prefer TV to comedians !!
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    Went with America. I'm more adjusted to it since I live here, but there's something to very blunt comedy that draws me in. I think that British humor can be creative, but sometimes they take too many attempts at witty comedy rather than straightforward. It's all preference...

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    love british shows...

    but the office (us)
    arrestead development
    and the simpsons are amazing


    ali-g is amazing as well though
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    You forgot Frankie Boyle and Father ted Xelis.

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    We have Dane Cook, so we fail.

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    I love dry humor but british dry humor is too dark for me.

    My top shows are: The Office, Arrested Development and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

    I tried getting into the old Monty Python and the ORIGINAL The Office show and just couldn't for some reason. Even Mr. Bean was a meh for me.

    Quote Originally Posted by KingJordan View Post
    We have Dane Cook, so we fail.
    if we're speaking stand ups wise? We have legends in the US-not so much anymore per say since the great ones have passed on. But I do agree Dane Cook and Katt Williams don't help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingJordan View Post
    We have Dane Cook, so we fail.
    This is probably the only thing I agree with you on in the entertainment section aside from Kanye West being not good.


    But I also think Dane Cook represents the very worst of our Comedians. I honestly believe George Carlin is the best stand up ever. With Richard Pryor right behind him. Then we have some good upcoming ones like Demetri Martin and Steve Byrne.

    And sitcoms depends on your taste in humor completely. I actually watch shows that aren't exactly meant to be comedy but end up funny on BBC. Like Top Gear or anything with Gordon Ramsey. But in terms of actual comedies I prefer America, probably bias though, but I grew up on American humor. Family guy, Scrubs, Arrested development, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Monk, and Californication. I even enjoyed the bit of humor that was in Firefly.

    Speaking of Monk, wooooohooo. the last episode of this season is going to be good, it finally is coming to an end. Poor Trudy.

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    Uh. I really don't like any British comedy. I hate that collective of mediocre comedians that seem to appear on every comedy-quiz show or stand up show on TV. They probably own Dave. I've never liked Blackadder or the highly regarded 'classics' either. Plus, Little Britain and The Might Boosh are so god damn awful they take things away, more than contribute. Ironically though, the sour, bitter, sarcastic humour normally associated with the British, is my favourite kind of humour. About all I like is Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look- which should probably be up on that list.

    George Carlin, Bill Hicks and Richard Pryor are ridiculous though. Nothing compares.

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    Michael McIntry, The Simpsons and The IT Crowd are all hilarious (especially Michael).

    The best of both worlds.

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    I think the only Comedy I love from America is

    Family Guy
    Jim Carrey
    Charlie Sheen

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    I don't know why people dislike Dane Cook so much. He's not my favorite comedian by a longshot but I've definitely heard much, much worse.

    Btw, you should add It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia to your list of sitcoms. Great show.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Đipic View Post
    I don't know why people dislike Dane Cook so much. He's not my favorite comedian by a longshot but I've definitely heard much, much worse.
    Because half of his "material" is stolen to begin with, he reuses the same jokes on all of his comedy specials. He's annoying. And a "joke" of his consists of him blabbering on about something for 5 minutes, pause, yell, pause. That's his joke. If you pay attention (excluding his first comedy central special, which was actually funny) most of the time the audience doesn't even laugh. They just cheer the whole damn time and they aren't even listening to what he is saying.

    This is especially noticeable on the latest special he had. It was sad, they actually laughed like twice? Maybe? The rest of the time it felt more like I was watching a WWE wrestling match...

    Quote Originally Posted by venomsteve View Post
    I think the only Comedy I love from America is

    Family Guy
    Jim Carrey
    Charlie Sheen

    Charlie Sheen is funny? I guess if you are talking about him and not his personality or comedic abilities.

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    Mind, I haven't listened to any of his stuff since his Retaliation album but considering it went double platinum I can't have been the only one who though it was alright, and unless they put in a laugh track (they didn't) there were plenty of people laughing.

    I think he's a pretty average comedian and wouldn't get so much **** if he wasn't so popular tbh.
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    I went with Britain, overall I think Britian has the best stand-up and America the best sitcoms but Father Ted is the funniest thing you'll ever see!


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    America owns its comedy sitcom category, Friends! Such a funny 10 series

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    Retaliation was right after Harmful if Swallowed, he was still funnyish then.

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    The one thing America does do right in the comedy department is sitcoms.


    Didn't Britain have a version of That 70s Show that was a complete failure?

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    I went with USA. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Family Guy. My top 3 laugh out louds.
    I love 'The Young Ones' from Britain. I gotta get that on DVD. Most British comedy is just too dumb and silly. No offense. I'm dumd and silly. I just don't want to watch someone else be dumb and silly.

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    Had to vote britain. But, by no means is american comedy not good. I think they're both practically equal.

    And you missed peep show.
    Little britain shouldn't be on there, and i apologise to the whole world for that terrible show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthDarth View Post
    I went with USA. Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, Family Guy. My top 3 laugh out louds.
    I love 'The Young Ones' from Britain. I gotta get that on DVD. Most British comedy is just too dumb and silly. No offense. I'm dumd and silly. I just don't want to watch someone else be dumb and silly.
    i never really "got" Curb your enthusiasm. i watched a few episodes but just didnt find it funny at all.

    tbh, i think this is a hard one to call because there's good and bad from both sides. What i would say though is that american sitcoms have more episodes per season which is good as you get a lot of comedy, where as in britain ours are rarely longer than 6 eps a season. However, because there are so many episodes a season in american shows you often find a lot of similar episodes in the different sitcoms, so you sort of know how the episiode is going to end.

    stand up wise i probably prefer british comedians, but thats mostly because of the type of humour they use. i do, however hate russell brand and i think that he's the worst comedian to come out of britain in ages
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    Quote Originally Posted by Selo View Post
    i never really "got" Curb your enthusiasm. i watched a few episodes but just didnt find it funny at all.
    In a way, the not really "getting it" thing is what the show is going for. It is a show that makes Seinfeld actually look like it was about something. (Larry David wrote Seinfeld). Basically it's a show about nothing. Larry David enjoying his life after Seinfeld went off the air. It's loosely based on his life, except is in story character is a bit more, for lack of better word, stupid.

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