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Do You Prefer American or British Humor?

In a recent interview, funny British comedian Ricky Gervais compared British television to American television and concluded that American TV is funnier right now. He put it this way:

We've got some poor copies of Curb Your Enthusiasm, some poor copies of Entourage and some poor copies of Seinfeld. With a few exceptions the Americans seem to be ahead of the game.

It seems like a pretty strong swipe at British comedy from the man who created The Office, and it got me thinking about the differences between British and American humor. I tend to associate a dry, witty, and somewhat cerebral brand of comedy to our friends across the Atlantic. On the other hand, I think of American humor as broader and often more physical.

Given Gervais's statements — and since we're approaching a certain holiday that marks a split between the US and the UK — I figured there was no better time to ask: Do you prefer one country's humor over the other? Or can you even tell a difference?


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