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Humour[edit]

  • 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?

Jokes[edit]

  • 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[edit]

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!"

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