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Which Countries Have The BEST, WORST, STRANGEST Sense Of Humor?
Self | December 24, 2002 | PJ-Comix

Posted on 12/24/2002 4:31:21 PM PST by PJ-Comix

Okay, it's Christmas Eve so let's set aside politics here for a bit and discuss something that has interested me for a long time. Which countries/cultures have the Best; the Worst; and the Strangest senses of humor.

I would classify Britain and the U.S.A. as having the Best senses of humor although they are a bit different. The Brits rely more on subtley and wordplay. American humor is more slap-on-the-back. Sometimes both types of humor combine wonderfully such as in the movie The Loved One written by a Brit (Evelyn Waugh) but set in an American funeral home with very American funny characters in it.

Germany is often thought of as having the worst sense of humor but in this category I think we have to award the French with this honor since those folks actually think that Jerry Lewis is some sort of comedic genius. However, there is a lot of truth that the Germans have a lousy sense of humor. I once went out with a German chick named Ernegard (sp?) and not only did she have NO SENSE of humor but she hated it when anybody else thought something was funny. I well remember the many times she would say to me: "Alvays mit der jokes! Alvays mit der shmiles! It's all vun bik joke to you isn't it?" Then Ernegard would get even angrier as I did an impression of her muttering these lines.

The STRANGEST senses of humor goes to the Japanese. I haven't any idea why they laugh at what they do. Once I was in a bar in L.A. filled with Japanese businessmen. I recieved a couple of half dollars at the counter as change so on an impulse I stuck both of them into my eyes like monocles and screamed: "BANZAI!!!" Immediately the Japanese were rolling on the floor in laughter. When they recovered I thought it was a freak accident and I repeated the same bit with the coins and the "BANZAI!" scream and again they rolled with laughter. They laughed so hard that one of them begged me not to do it anymore since he was suffocating from laughing so hard. And why they laughed so much at such a silly routine I don't know but this is why I said they have the strangest sense of humor.

One other thing I have observed is that it also depends on what part of the country some folks are from as to their senses of humor. One of the funniest people I know is from India and works at the food court at the Swap Shop. I often buy breakfast from him because I appreciate the humor. However, he is from (judging from his appearance) South India but the folks from North India seem to have no sense of humor. I recently told a funny story to these two guys from North India and they just glowered at me. Then I told them a really good dirty joke and they acted as if they I were insulting them by telling that joke.

I used to think Chinese folks were super-serious but perhaps the most humorous person I have ever met is my friend, Jessica, from Wuhan, China. The other day I told her my idea for a Chinese Restaurant with a Red Guards theme and not only did she laugh uproariously at the concept but she now wants to incorporate that concept as a business. So if you see a Red Guards Chinese Restaurant in South Florida in the near future, it had its roots in a joke I told.


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What are your observations about humor among different nationalities? There are definitely vast differences in humor perception between different nationalities and cultures.
1 posted on 12/24/2002 4:31:21 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
What do you expect from a Commie Writer?

As to Ernegard, Mark Twain observed that a German joke is nothing to laugh at. (He also said that Wagner's music wasn't as bad it sounds.)

2 posted on 12/24/2002 4:39:12 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: PJ-Comix
I recieved a couple of half dollars at the counter as change so on an impulse I stuck both of them into my eyes like monocles and screamed: "BANZAI!!!"

We need a pic of you to fully fathom the Japanese response. ;)

Not a nation, but New Yorkers are the funniest.

3 posted on 12/24/2002 4:42:54 PM PST by Shermy
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To: PJ-Comix
I know you asked for a country, but I truly believe the folks from Indiana have a great sense of humor unless it was just my Dad, his family, and friends. Country? I know the Panamanians have a great sense of humor. They can turn a serious situation into total comedy.
4 posted on 12/24/2002 4:43:41 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
As I said, I think the French have actually surpassed the Germans as having the world's WORST sense of humor. The other day I actually heard an interview on NPR with a French film critic who castigated Americans for making fun of Jerry Lewis. He then cited The Errand Boy as a movie that "proves" that Jerry Lewis is a great comedic genius. So this is why I now say that the French have the WORST sense of humor.
5 posted on 12/24/2002 4:44:11 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Chinese have the worst sense of humor. What they think is funny is...well...simply not funny.
6 posted on 12/24/2002 4:44:52 PM PST by MissBaby
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
I know you asked for a country, but I truly believe the folks from Indiana have a great sense of humor unless it was just my Dad, his family, and friends.

Which part of Indiana? North or South? Two very different places. I am guessing you mean South Indiana. North Indiana is more Mennonite types and they definitely don't have much sense of humor (except for my old Shipshewana pal, Dan the Amishman who was quite funny).

7 posted on 12/24/2002 4:46:24 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
"The STRANGEST senses of humor goes to the Japanese. I haven't any idea why they laugh at what they do. Once I was in a bar in L.A. filled with Japanese businessmen. I recieved a couple of half dollars at the counter as change so on an impulse I stuck both of them into my eyes like monocles and screamed: "BANZAI!!!" Immediately the Japanese were rolling on the floor in laughter."

LOL! What a dork. (In a good way, too.) I would have laughed, too. :)

8 posted on 12/24/2002 4:47:57 PM PST by IamHD
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To: MissBaby
Chinese have the worst sense of humor. What they think is funny is...well...simply not funny.

Maybe it depends on what part of China you mean? My friend Jessica from Wuhan has about the best sense of humor of anybody I ever knew. But when I mentioned that Red Guards Theme Chinese restaurant to another Chinese person, he just glowered at me angrily.

9 posted on 12/24/2002 4:48:17 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Russian humor:


Muzhchina zaplatit dva rublya za rublevuyu veshch', kotoraya emu nuzhna. Zhenshchina zaplatit odin rubl' za dvukhrublevuyu veshch' kotoraya ey ne nuzhna.

A man pays 2 rubels for a 1-rubel item which he needs. A woman pays 1 rubel for a 2-rubel item which she doesn't.
Zhenshchina bespokoitsya o svoem budushchem do tekh por, poka u nee net muzha. Muzhchina nikogda ne bespokoitsya o svoem budushchem do tekh por poka u nego net zheny.
A woman worries about her future until she has a husband. A man doesn't worry about his future until he has a wife.
Dlya togo chtoby nayti schast'e s muzhchinoy, nuzhno sil'no ego ponimat' i nemnozhko lyubit'. Dlya togo chtoby nayti schast'e s zhenshchinoy, nuzhno sil'no ee lyubit' i dazhe ne pytat'sya ponyat'.
In order to be happy with a man, you must understand him completely and love him a little. In order to be happy with a woman, you must love her completely and not even try to understand her.
Za zhcheninoy ostaetsya poslednne slovo v lyubom spore. Vsyakoe slovo, skazannoe muzhchinoy posle ehtogo, yavlyaetsya nachalom novogo spora.
Women have the last word in any argument. Any word that a man says after that is the declaration of a new argument.
Chto nuzhno, chtoby prozvesti vpechatlenie na zhenshchinu: govorite ey komplimenty, uvazhayte ee, laskayte ee, obnimayte ee, zashchishchayte ee, trat'te na nee den'gi, poyte ee vinom i kormite v restoranakh, pokupayte ey to chto ona khochet, slushayte ee, ostavaytes' s ney, podderzhivayte ee, idite radi nee na kray sveta.

Kak prozvesti vpechatlenie na muzhchinu: razden'tes' i prigotov'te pozhrat'.

How to make an impression on a woman: Compliment her, honor her, caress her, hug her, protect her, spend money on her, pour her wine & feed her in restaurants, buy her whatever she wants, listen to her, remain with her, support her, go to the ends of the earth for her.

How to make an impression on a man: Get undressed and go cook something to eat.


10 posted on 12/24/2002 4:48:33 PM PST by struwwelpeter
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To: PJ-Comix
Thank you for your reply...the Terre Haute area.
11 posted on 12/24/2002 4:51:53 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: PJ-Comix
Japanese humor, because of a lack of ambiguous vocabulary, is based heavily on slapstick stupidity and wordplay. I teach the mother and sister of a nearly famous manzai group "Savanna," and opposed to most of the manzai (abbott and costello type humor), they are pretty good. Their humor consists mostly of self deprication, outbursts, and cultural reference callbacks, kind of like the old Conan O'Brian/Andy Richter duo. The fact of the matter is though, most japanese humor is viewed by young women. Japanese drunk businessmen laugh at ANYTHING. My father in law (japanese) and i do a good deal of competition in dajare (word puns) and we enjoy it very much. I love the japanese sense of humor because it is easy to appease and if you understand japanese well enough you can get chicks like crazy (that time of my life is over now).
12 posted on 12/24/2002 4:54:46 PM PST by struggle
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To: IamHD
NOt everything I did with the Japanese was so dorkish. Sometimes it was sly humor. Once I was walking by Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant in L.A. which Japanese love because it serves the best prime ribs in L.A.. Anyway, there was a group of confused looking Japanese businessmen standing out front holding aliminum bags. One of them said to me:

"Whaffo dokkie baks?" I couldn't figure out what he was asking and asked him to repeat which he did:

"Whaffo dokkie baks?"

Again I couldn't figure out the question until he repeated it a third time when it dawned on me he was asking me what the doggie bags they gave them were for. I thought quickly and replied with a hint of Japanese accent:

"Ah so! Ancient American custom. They give you dokkie baks and then you give to first American you see."

They all politely honored this "ancient American custom" and handed me all their doggie bags. I immediately went home and had me an incredible dinner with enough left over for the next day. Oh, and I made sure to politely bow to them when they handed over the "dokkie baks."

13 posted on 12/24/2002 4:55:12 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
It's always seemed to me that the Brits have two very distinct and unrelated styles of humor.

The most obvious exemplars of the two styles are Noel Coward and Benny Hill. Shakespeare, of course, used both, sometimes simultaneously.
14 posted on 12/24/2002 4:57:38 PM PST by Restorer
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To: PJ-Comix
This might get me flamed, but I'd like to give a nod to Canada re: sense of humor. As a Kids in the Hall and SCTV fan, I think a lot of really good stuff has come from the great white socialist north, eh.
15 posted on 12/24/2002 4:59:29 PM PST by RepoGirl
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To: struggle
Japanese drunk businessmen laugh at ANYTHING.

Well, that explains them laughing at my coins in eyeballs Banzai bit. Oh, and I can also get a good laugh out of them by doing an impression of a karate expert committing hari-kiri. It's absolutely stupid but it never fails to cause them to go into convulsions.

and if you understand japanese well enough you can get chicks like crazy (that time of my life is over now).

Hmmmm.... Do you mind being more specific? Will that coins in eyeballs Banzai bit work with them?

16 posted on 12/24/2002 4:59:30 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: RepoGirl
As a Kids in the Hall and SCTV fan...

SCTV was absolutely the BEST TV comedy show....EVER! And the tragedy of that show was that NBC bought that show only to PURPOSELY kill it. They were scared it would beat Saturday Night Live in the ratings so they picked up SCTV and then broadcast it about 2 A.M. where they knew it couldn't get many viewers. I'm still pissed off about that incident.

17 posted on 12/24/2002 5:02:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Once I was in a bar in L.A. filled with Japanese businessmen. I recieved a couple of half dollars at the counter as change so on an impulse I stuck both of them into my eyes like monocles and screamed: "BANZAI!!!" Immediately the Japanese were rolling on the floor in laughter.....And why they laughed so much at such a silly routine I don't know but this is why I said they have the strangest sense of humor.


PJ... YOU are running around with half dollars stuck in your eyes yelling BANSAI and you think THEY have as strange sense of humor...LOL.
18 posted on 12/24/2002 5:05:22 PM PST by mlmr
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To: PJ-Comix
"Ah so! Ancient American custom. They give you dokkie baks and then you give to first American you see."



This is too funny, I cccccaantttt stoopp laughing...dokkie baks!!!!!! Merry Christmas PJ!
19 posted on 12/24/2002 5:07:32 PM PST by mlmr
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To: Restorer
The most obvious exemplars of the two styles are Noel Coward and Benny Hill.

Benny Hill was more bawdy type humor. I've listened on the radio to British music hall comedy but to tell you the truth I just couldn't understand it. One of the funniest British movies I ever saw was supposedly based on a true incident. Apparently there was once a "domination" sex club for upper class old Brits. It was a place where rich old men would go to pay women to hit them and whip them. Some of these gentlemen were actually members of Parliament. Anyway, the women needed to remodel their club but couldn't afford to do it because of the high labor costs. Then one of them got the bright idea to make their old clients do the remodeling and the next thing the women were whipping and beating the men (who were paying the women) to plaster, tile, and repaint their club. Anyway, I heard this was based on a true story. Oh, and the men loved this new form of "torture."

20 posted on 12/24/2002 5:08:10 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
American humor has distinct subsets--each at its best outrageously funny--black, Jewish, deadpan white etc.

Compare that to the French who have--what--Jerry Lewis? Anything else? Certainly not mime. That ain't funny.

21 posted on 12/24/2002 5:09:13 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: mlmr
PJ... YOU are running around with half dollars stuck in your eyes yelling BANSAI and you think THEY have as strange sense of humor...LOL.

It was sort of an experiment to see just how far you can go with them. Actually you can do most anything slapstick in front of Japanese businessmen and they will laugh like hell at it. And the strange thing is they are incredibly formal (always wear business suits even when on vacation) and serious with each other.

Try cracking eggs on your forehead. I am sure this will make them go into convulsions.

22 posted on 12/24/2002 5:10:57 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: RepoGirl
I dunno, I worked in Canada for six monthes and I'd put 'em a couple of pegs below the Germans. (I spent 16 month in Deutchland and spricht etwas Deutsch.) A blend of resentment and smoldering self-rigtheousness are not the right disposition for humor. It's hard for Canadians to brush their teeth without resenting Americans for selling them toothpaste.
23 posted on 12/24/2002 5:11:09 PM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets
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To: Kevin Curry
PJ... YOU are running around with half dollars stuck in your eyes yelling BANSAI and you think THEY have as strange sense of humor...LOL.

Marcel Marceau? Remember him? NOT FUNNY! He ended up so hated here that there have been a lot of movie scenes where bad things happen to annoying mimes. Oh, there was also once a French comedian named Fernandel but I don't know much about him.

24 posted on 12/24/2002 5:12:58 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
An American comic (whose name escapes me) used to explain in his act why there are so few German comedians.

In an affected German accent, he would say:

"I shall now do for you comedy. You will listen; you will laugh. These are orders."

Joke number one:

Take my wife...

I command you!

25 posted on 12/24/2002 5:14:32 PM PST by ihatemyalarmclock
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To: PJ-Comix
Try cracking eggs on your forehead. I am sure this will make them go into convulsions



Perhaps the next time I run into a Japenese business man which here in little town, Maine is never very likely. Of course I could wear a LOBSTER HAT instead.
26 posted on 12/24/2002 5:16:32 PM PST by mlmr
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To: mlmr
Muslim Arabs have practically no sense of humor. They laugh at ceremonial castrations, cross-amputations and female circumcisions, but little else. Certainly, a soldier trapped in a minefield is worth a few laughs. So too is a pre-pubescent dressed to kill. Oh yes, an occasional donkey whipping may raise a smile, and I remember that I once saw a magician (gully-gully man) raise a grunt in the audience.

The story is told in Benghazi of a Libyan who was new to the United States and was taken to a New York comedy club shortly after he arrived in America: The sound of boisterous laughter nearly gave him a heart attack. The sound was utterly foreign to him. I could go on....

27 posted on 12/24/2002 5:17:08 PM PST by gaspar
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To: gaspar
What a sad thought that there could be a people without an ability to belly laugh...to truly enjoy. I think that is a gift of our Western culture...there were always jesters and clowns in our history.
28 posted on 12/24/2002 5:19:20 PM PST by mlmr
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To: PJ-Comix
Hey, I like Jerry Lewis! Can't take too much at one sitting, though. About half of "The Errand Boy" or "Cinderfella" is all I can stand.......and just forget about the movies with Dean Martin.

For my taste, the brits are best. I love the BBC America cable channel. Monty Python, Charlie Chaplin, Keeping Up Appearances, Chef, McGyver......

Right, much British humour is understated, funny because of the situations and word play. On the other hand, there is Benny Hill, with the most broad and corny slapstick imaginable.

Coupling is a current BBC sitcom. It's about the perils of dating and becoming a couple. Six friends are in it (where did they get that idea?). They are all caricitures of single people, except for one couple, who are nearly normal.

An example of the caricituredom of the characters is one of the women, who is a beautician with her own shop. She is obsessed with how her skin is aging even as she speaks, how her "bottom" is her enemy, because it is always following her around and plotting against her to grow larger. She hates going to funerals because she has to see all of those old people, which is how she will look in another 30 years,
29 posted on 12/24/2002 5:19:45 PM PST by jimtorr
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
The funniest thing I ever heard a German say was by a FICTITIOUS German in Stalag 17. It was Oberst Von Scherbach who said something like: "Curtains vould do vunders for dese barracks..... You vill NOT get them."

And in the same movie there was a reference to American vs German senses of humor:

Oberst Von Scherbach: How do you expect to win the war with an army of clowns?

J.J. Sefton: We sort of hope you'd laugh yourself to death.

30 posted on 12/24/2002 5:19:46 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
The Brits have great senses of humor, and delight in "taking the mickey" out of just about anyone for anything. They are far, far less PC than Americans. They mercilessly skewer each other on account of ethnic differences in a way that would clog the courts with massive class actions and demands for reparations in the US.



31 posted on 12/24/2002 5:20:30 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: PJ-Comix
Whaffo dokkie baks? What a riot! Thank you for that. When we were leaving Japan for China on a flight in 1980, our lovely tour guide wished us a "nice fright." We all burst out laughing...not at her, but it broke the tension of going to a mysterious country. At that time, we knew our trip was not going to be a vacation but a learning experience. Then there were none of the modern hotels in China one reads about these days. If I could do it again, I would go back to 1980. That was a great trip without the modern hotels.
32 posted on 12/24/2002 5:21:06 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: PJ-Comix
He ended up so hated here that there have been a lot of movie scenes where bad things happen to annoying mimes . . .

Yes! And those scenes ARE funny.

Hardly a titter from the frogs, however.

33 posted on 12/24/2002 5:22:07 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: PJ-Comix
People who have had more than a couple of drinks will generally laugh at anything. I think this cuts across all kinds of cultural and nationality lines. Probably people of all nationalities can get drunk and stupid. I think you have to be careful about generalizing from what you observe in a barroom and applying it to an entire culture.

I think the funniest humor often comes from people who may not be at the top of the economic ladder but have plenty of native intelligence - enough to laugh at system that can seem at best arbitrary and at worst malicious. I think you can find people like this in almost any culture. It was certainly pretty common in people subjugated under communism in the USSR its satelites.
34 posted on 12/24/2002 5:22:18 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: gaspar
Muslim Arabs have practically no sense of humor.

I don't know about Arabs but Iranians definitely have a sense of humor. I once knew an Iranian named Hassan and at first he didn't seem to have much of a sense of humor. Anyway, I sometimes would leave long messages in an Iranian accent on his answering machine as if I were Ayatollah Khomeini speaking to him from the dead and giving him strict instructions on how to avoid the temptations of American culture. That really cracked him up. So much so that when I quit leaving those impressions on his answering machine, he begged me to do it again so he would have some laughs when he got home.

35 posted on 12/24/2002 5:26:29 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Bwhaaaaaa! Okay, thanks for giving me a great laugh. I meant no malice when I used the word dork, by the way. I think that the Japanese have a strange, but great sense of humor, by the way. In a silly sort of way. :)

Merry Christmas!

36 posted on 12/24/2002 5:28:56 PM PST by IamHD
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To: Shermy
Not a nation, but New Yorkers are the funniest.

Not so funny when you have to drive in traffic with them. BTW, I am now trying to get a Nooyorican chick to do comedy on stage. I have written some material for her but she is scared to go on the stage even though she is quite funny.

37 posted on 12/24/2002 5:34:27 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
I don't know about Arabs but Iranians definitely have a sense of humor. I once knew an Iranian named Hassan . . .

I once knew a Kuwaiti Air Force officer who was, without doubt, one of the funniest men I have ever met. He had an acute sense of humor and exquisite timing which he coupled with certain facial expressions that made him a tough man to get though a dinner with without passing a fair amount of the menu through your nose. What did he poke fun at? The Muslim culture (yet he was quite devout).

I remember him telling us in his broken English that, "In Kuwait, if you leave wallet in restroom, it will still be there one, two years! If you see wallet your think yours in restroom, you don't touch! If you wrong, they cut your hand off!" Then to demonstrate how one might safely go about checking an abandoned wallet he rocked way back on one foot, tongue hanging out of his mouth in painful utter concentration, eyeys blinking and wincing, and made like he was pushing an imaginary wallet at sink height. "You must tip . . . it . . . with . . . your . . . foot, and hope it fall open so you can see inside."

Well, you had to be there. But my sides ached.

38 posted on 12/24/2002 5:36:56 PM PST by Kevin Curry
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To: struggle
The Japanese and puns.
MY GOD. You have no idea how bad they can get.
Well, you do, but the others may not.
39 posted on 12/24/2002 5:37:17 PM PST by Saturnalia
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
Which part of the USA has the best sense of humor? As far as WORST sense of humor, I'm guessing North Dakota. I worked in eastern Montana once and I noticed that folks in North Dakota weren't exactly a barrel of laughs.
40 posted on 12/24/2002 5:37:21 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Saturnalia
I personally thought that George Bush 41 got a great laugh when he did an impression of someone throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister.
41 posted on 12/24/2002 5:39:32 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: IamHD
Oops; talking about a sense of humor. I would think that in most countries, (not all) some would have a good sense of humor and some would not. Take my neighbor. She has no sense of humor. A few years ago, she stopped by to apologize to me for her lawn not being mowed for the 4th year in a row...(it has now been 7 years.) She told me that her husband hurt is hand on the job (GM) and was on medical leave. I told her that he didn't look hurt to me. Funny thing, I had just seen him a few hours earlier bouncing a basketball all the way down the street (500 yards) to the corner gas station, and ALL the way back; this time with a big bag of potato chips in the other hand. After pointing this out to her, she huffed away. :) LOL
42 posted on 12/24/2002 5:40:22 PM PST by IamHD
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To: PJ-Comix
The funniest person I know is a 'coloured' man from South Africa.
As usually happens in such cases, he is married to the most humourless person I know, a woman from Argentina.
In company she continually pokes him in the ribs to tell him to stop laughing.
43 posted on 12/24/2002 5:44:11 PM PST by Allan
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To: Allan
Argentines are notorious for having the worst sense of humor in South America. I visited there once and I can tell you that they won't think your Evita jokes are the least bit funny. Don't joke in Argentina about Evita, Juan Peron, escaping Nazis, or any other subject. They just won't laugh.
44 posted on 12/24/2002 5:47:54 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: IamHD
A few years ago, she stopped by to apologize to me for her lawn not being mowed for the 4th year in a row...(it has now been 7 years.)

So how high over her roof has her grass grown?

45 posted on 12/24/2002 5:49:33 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Once I was in a bar in L.A. filled with Japanese businessmen. I recieved a couple of half dollars at the counter as change so on an impulse I stuck both of them into my eyes like monocles and screamed: "BANZAI!!!"

I'd have laughed at that, too. "OMG, look at this dude with the coins in his eyes running around shouting BANZAI at Japanese businessmen!!"

46 posted on 12/24/2002 5:53:54 PM PST by Riley
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To: mlmr
One person that I never found funny was Erma Bombeck. I just couldn't get into her "humor."
47 posted on 12/24/2002 5:53:58 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Reminds of the John Cleese routine from Faulty Towers where Basil tells all of the staff to be sure and not bring up "the war" with the German guests as they are very sensitive about it. And by the end of the sketch Basil has mentioned the war a dozen times and ends up goosestepping around the restaurant with this index finger as a fake handlebar mustache. A truly great moment.
48 posted on 12/24/2002 5:54:25 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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Yeah, I bet if the businessmen had been German instead of Japanese and I stuck a couple of coins in my eyes like monocles and screamed "HEIL!" you could have heard a pin drop in that bar. Definitely NO laughing by the Germans at that.
49 posted on 12/24/2002 5:57:16 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
North Korea for all three.
50 posted on 12/24/2002 5:59:18 PM PST by ChicagoRepublican
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