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British Humor Reflects the Best of English Culture

Updated on July 2, 2011

I for one cannot get enough of English humor. Whether it be a good English sitcom, a joke or a very clever quote, it all shows the brilliance of the English when it comes to envisioning a situation. No one can deny that when it comes to wit, the British variety is cutting edge. With literary geniuses like Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw, it is impossible not to come up with statements that both display wit and insight. The English are masters of both. Like the rest of their literary masterpieces their brand of humor has a genius all its own.

British humor is displayed in many types of British media, ranging from plays, political quotes, sitcoms, and some really awesome jokes. I have come across some really excellent examples of British humor in the form of jokes and political quotes. Here is a very funny joke of how the English and the Scottish save on train fare.

Five Englishmen boarded a train just behind five Scots, who, as a group had only purchased one ticket. Just before the conductor came through, all the Scots piled into the toilet stall at the back of the car. As the conductor passed the stall, he knocked and called "Tickets, please!" and one of the Scots slid a ticket under the door. It was punched, pushed back under the door, and when it was safe all the Scots came out and took their seats. The Englishmen were tremendously impressed by the Scots' ingenuity. On the trip back, the five Englishmen decided to try this themselves and purchased only one ticket. They noticed that, oddly, the Scots had not purchased any tickets this time. Anyway, again, just before the conductor came through, the Scots piled into one of the toilet stalls, the Englishmen into the other. Then one of the Scots leaned out, knocked on the Englishmen's stall and called "Ticket, Please!" When the ticket slid out under the door, he picked it up and quickly closed the door

Here's another one:

There was a Scotsman, an Englishman and Claudia Schiffer sitting together in a carriage in a train going through Wales. Suddenly the train went through a tunnel and as it was an old style train, there were no lights in the carriages and it went completely dark. Then there was this kissing noise and the sound of a really loud slap. When the train came out of the tunnel, Claudia Schiffer and the Scotsman were sitting as if nothing had happened and the Englishman had his hand against his face as he had been slapped.

The Englishman was thinking: 'The Scottish fella must have kissed Claudia Schiffer and she missed him and slapped me instead.'

Claudia Schiffer was thinking: 'The English fella must have tried to kiss me and actually kissed the Scotsman and got slapped for it.'

And the Scotsman was thinking: 'This is great. The next time the train goes through a tunnel I'll make that kissing noise and slap that English b**tard again .

Here you have two perfect examples of how the English and Scottish love to compete with one another, even in humor. Imagine how it must be during soccer season, when their teams play against each other. After all, a little good humored fun keeps a country fun and vibrant. There are some really funny quotes in the political arena as well. Here are examples of a few:

"I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end." Margaret Thatcher.

"The difference between a misfortune and a calamity is this: If Gladstone fell into the Thames, it would be a misfortune. But if someone dragged him out again, that would be a calamity." Benjamin Disraeli.

"At every crisis the Kaiser crumpled. In defeat he fled; in revolution he abdicated; in exile he remarried." Winston Churchill.

The leaders of Parliament did not only have a gift for governing, but they could also throw a good punch line as well. It’s great to know how to rule a nation with excellence, but to also know how to rule that nation with a sense of humor, that is sublime.

Let us not forget the televised version of England's priceless wit, the British sitcom. Fantastic programs such as Are You Being Served, Benny Hill, Monty Python, Keeping Up Appearances, and Waiting For God, are just a few examples of the best of English comedy. I am huge fan of Keeping Up Appearances and how this show exemplifies the best of English humor. Much of the dialogues in most of these shows are priceless, and incredibly funny.

English humor reflects on the best, as well as the ups and downs of life in England. Humor helps us to look at the lighter side of things because life is hard enough as it is. So, if you fancy a good laugh, and want to change your perspective on what would otherwise be a tough situation, tune it to a good English sitcom and have a jolly good time.

If you would like to read some really good British jokes, here is the link to a really fun site:


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    • Internetwriter62 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      I guess the only answer I could give you is to write jokes on the British, or a script that is comical and reflects on the way of life in the United Kingdom.

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      6 years ago

      can you suggest some aspect of writing British humor

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      7 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Good one, thanks Sherlock221b, I always enjoy a good joke.

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      7 years ago

      Have you heard the one about the couple who were making love in a train carriage? Being British, the other passengers pretended not to notice. After the couple had finished, they both lit a cigarette, and were quickly reminded by everyone that 'this is a non-smoking compartment you know.'

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      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you Attemptedhumour, I appreciate your support and insights into comedy both British and American, I also think the Simposons and Everyone Loves Raymond are very funny programs. I do have to admit programs like Keeping Up Appearance and Waiting for God do make laugh hysterically.

      May things go well for you in Oz, thanks again for stopping by.

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      8 years ago from Australia

      Hi, being an ex Englishman now living in Oz i can explain a little about our humour. It is of course world wide but every day as i grew up one would find a comedian, bus conductor, shop keeper, barman, barmaid, dustman, hairdresser it was a constant battle of verbal fencing. When i started work every third person would say. "What the hell would you know", about such and such. I would always take them on and they loved it. It was a battle to outdo one another and i had wins and losses but loved to fence verbally. Some American comedy shows are great, i love The Simpsons, Every body loves Raymond. The interaction between Ray and Debra is so cleverly written and executed. There are many others of course but humour is personal and it's only funny if it makes you laugh. Great hub Cheers from Oz

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      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thanks for stopping by Knell63, I'm glad you like my hub. I think humor from the UK is the best, I have been an admire of British humor since the seventies when I first started seeing Monty Python's Flying Circus, I just loved that show, then I started watching other British comedies and I was totally hooked. I love the jokes as well. I found them in a English joke site.

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      8 years ago from Umbria, Italy

      Hi Inter, loved the hub, glad us Brits are able to bring some humour into your lives with our backwards view of the world. Loved the Englishman, Scotsman kissing on a train joke. Being Welsh I would though. Am going to try it myself next time I go through the Severn Tunnel.

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      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you RedElf, One of the best things about England is their wonderful sense of humor and their incredible Britcoms.

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      8 years ago from Canada

      Lovely hub, internetwriter62! Thanks so much - some of my all-time favorite comedy shows are British.

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      8 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

      Thank you Sandyspider, to be honest I like well done humor whether it be American, British or from other countries. I love a good joke or a funny program. It is great to laugh, it makes life a whole lot lighter at time.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      being an American, some British humor I just don't get while other times I am rolling on the floor. Though many of our TV shows are spin off from a British TV show.


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