Humour conversation questions
- Do you think there is much difference between the British sense of humour and the sense of humour of your country? Could you describe the difference?
- Monty Python, Benny Hill and Mr Bean are all internationally known examples of British humour. In what way are they similar or different?
- Do you think there is much difference between the American sense of humour and the sense of humour of your country? Could you describe the difference?
- Robin Williams, Steve Martin and Jerry Sinfield are all internationally known examples of American humour. In what way are they similar or different?
- What elements of humour do you think are universal?
- Is humour always at someone's expense?
- How do you feel about puns and jokes made with words?
- Do you like to watch comedies at the cinema or do you think they are silly?
- What was the last comedy you saw at the cinema?
- What is your opinion of American comedies?
- "Slapstick" is very obvious humour which involves people falling over or being hit with food. What is your opinion of this type of humour?
- Have you ever watched a silent movie which included someone like Charlie Chaplin? What did you think of the humour?
- Do you still remember comedians from your youth? Do you still find them funny or has your sense of humour changed? In what way do you think it has changed?
- Are you any good at telling jokes? Can you remember many? Do you have problems remembering the punchline?
- What was the last joke you heard?
- What is your opinion of 'blue' (risqué) jokes?
- Are there some things we should never make jokes about? What things, and why?
- How do you react if you hear a joke which you simply don't think is funny?
Laughter is very good for us because it releases tension.
- What sort of things make you laugh?
- How frequently do you laugh every day?
- Do you laugh out loud or do you chuckle quietly?
- Do you sometimes laugh in situations which are not amusing?
- Laughter is catching. Do you start laughing when you see or hear other people laughing? Why do you think this happens?
- What is the difference between "laughing at someone" and "laughing with someone"?
- Does your language have equivalent expressions for
- "I nearly died laughing!" or "I cracked up (with laughter)!"?
- "He was the laughing stock"
- "Don't make me laugh!"