On a + note


Part 3: Humour Around the World

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on September 22, 2014

So, for the sake of completion and the research being so much fun, below are some examples of humour from around the world.

I started by looking at the Rolling Stones 50-funniest-people-now which is a really interesting review of film humour in the United States.

I then went on to explore humour in music like….
Time Warp from Rocky Horror Picture Show – Transylvanians
Monster Mash Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers
Victor Borga
The Streak – Ray Stevens

Then I moved to funny people like ….
Abbott and Costello and the classic Who’s on first?
Lucille Ball and the hilarious skit, in the candy factory
Tina Fey
Whoopi Goldberg
Seth Rogen
Robin Williams

And finally, authors and humorists like…
Douglas Adams  English humorist and best known for the comedy science fiction series The Hitchhikes Guide to the Galaxy

John Cleese the English comedian and writer is considered by many to be a comic genius. He was co-founded of the iconic Monty Python, wrote and acted in Fawlty Towers plus wrote and produced A Fish Called Wanda

Samuel Clemens better known as Mark Twain was an American author and humorist. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and the sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885).

Nora Ephron  the wonderful American writer, producer, director. Her most famous works include SilkwoodWhen Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Heartburn and I Feel Bad about my Neck

Joseph Heller the American satirist and novelist penned Catch-22

Jerome Jerome the English writer and humorist, best known for the comic travelogue Three Men in a Boat  

Stephen Leacock   the iconic Canadian writer is perhaps the best known 20th century humorist. The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour was named in his honour.  

Christopher Moore is an American writer of comic fantasy, including A Dirty Job

P.G.Wodehouse was an English humorist who wrote the iconic Jeeves and Wooster which have morphed onto plays, songs and a TV series .

 

I am sure I have overlooked many great laughs, but there you have it, a self-guided tour of humour and what makes folks laugh.

I hope your autumn is full of fun and laughter.

 

Kitty Pope                                                                                  #34 September 2014

kpope@library.guelph.on.ca

 

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