Top 10 Countries with the Best Sense of Humor
I agree with Bill Bryson, Brits (and, at my peril, I am including the Irish) love to laugh and cannot be in conversation for more than 5 minutes without sharing and laughing at something funny. The humour is different in different parts of the UK, some high-brow and subtle, some much less so, some dry, some very robustly not! Watch two Americans talking, two French, two Germans (sorry, that last was unfair, we all know a German joke is no laughing matter) and they can go hours without a laugh, especially middle-class Americans who can drone on in mock-scientific expertise mode until all around them have lost the will to live. Humour in the UK and Ireland is like tea, it's on offer minutes, sometimes seconds, into any conversation between friends, family or strangers.
Our comedy is incredibly intelligent, funny and shapes us to be the nation we are. Our unique handmade comedy has brought us together as a country much more than the silly rubbish comedy in other countries, which are better at other things.
British comedy is great and very popular in Czech Republic. Their sense of humour is very similar to ours. Black Adder, Red Dwarf, Little Britain etc. You can be proud of it.
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I voted for this but remember the United Kingdom isn't only England. The English have a good sense of humor but I'd have to say Ireland has the best (plus their accents).
A country with the best comedians, the funniest movies, and the millennial population never ceasing to make each-other laugh... The USA should definitely be considered a top contender. Anyone who has spent time with a group of Americans will find themselves in an environment where every friendly interaction will leave you laughing and joyful. American humor comes in every form imaginable... from immature to witty. Anyone who has seen enough American comedies and stand ups would rate the USA at the top of their list.
One area where Americans are truly exceptional is humor. We're irreverent, sarcastic, and have successfully exported our sense of humor far and wide. The American Dream everyone talks about is really a quality of life that allows relaxation, humor, and fun. Perhaps sometimes we're seen as too funny, too informal, and not serious enough. But Americans also have a very serious workaholic side. So, I'd say we know how to work hard and play hard.
It's just a shame many consider their funniest humor - the offensive, in-your-face, politically incorrect one as well as their stupid pothead lowbrow one - their worst. I disagree. It's awesome. Germany also has that kind of humor, and it is much more liked there, but unfortunately, Germany also has a very lame and tiring sense of humor as well.
I think it depends. Each country has different types of humor.
It depends on what your taste in humour is. I mean, most foreigners think it's really stupid, but what humour isn't? People I know at least (I am from the US) can make anything turn into a joke right away, usually it being a bit dark. Also, Memes. Had to kinda slip that in there.
I love Australian comedians like Cal Wilson and Anh Do. They really know how to make their life stories sound really funny and interesting. Their improvisation in a show is absolutely great!
Depends on how you answer the question. Yes, the Brits probably have better comedians historically, but the Australian people themselves (I.e. regular people) are more widely known for our sense of humour.
English humour but much more crude, has a hint of American humour in there too.
The chill and self-deprecating humour of Australia is just too funny.
The Irish are jovial and enjoy telling witty stories. They also engage happily with strangers by using humour as an icebreaker. I think this puts them well ahead of the English who are cold and only start expressing their humour if they know you really well. Go to any place where people meet, the pup, rugby pitch or work place and you will hear the Irish chortling. In England you hardly ever hear people joking or laughing only when they are at home. English humour relies very heavily on belittling others. If you want fun go to Ireland.
The Irish have the best sense of humour going. They just get it, and they never seem to take offense from anything that is an actual joke unlike some Americans.
The greatest humour in the world has to go to Ireland, have you heard them speak haha
My Irish dad is funny as well his father and grandfather. Some of my uncles were the same. I laughed a lot growing up and I miss those days.
The most sarcastic people you will ever meet, can take a joke better than any nation I've ever been in.
England can trace its history as far back as the 10th century, but modern England didn't start till the Norman Invasion of 1066. In 1535, England annexed Wales and in 1603 shared a Monarch with Scotland, which eventually led to the Unification of the two into 'Great Britain', in 1801 Ireland was incorporated forming the 'United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland', in 1922, 6 counties stayed in the UK while the rest of Ireland declared Independence. ...read more.
It's not really fair to mention just England of their sense of humour, even though it's England that has produced the most successful comedies; the rest of Great Britain has has a fantastic sense of humour, and it's not just comedies and comedians that get paid to be funny; it's ordinary British Joe Public that makes me laugh. The British people on the whole has a very dry, intelligent, subtle and often very sarcastic sense of fun and playfulness.
England. A country which can take the mickey out of themselves. They don't take anything to heart and their sarcasm is funny beyond belief. They have the best stand-up comedians - Jack Dee, Lee Mack, Lee Evans, Tim Vine and too many others for me to mention. England is at its rightful place at number one. They're a funny lot. (I'm an Aussie) and I love The Pom coms.
I work with immigrants from different countries. When they arrive in England there sense of humour is not great, but with in a few months they pick our humour up and go back to there own countries with a completely different mentality towards life. That's the great affect we have on different nationality.
England have the best sense of humour. They can throw a remark at you and keep a straight face (sarcasm). The British do this so well. I love their comedies they make me laugh out loud real hard. England is the funniest country. And I want to go to live there one day. Hello English people.
For me the Philippines—where I live is one of has the most humorous personalities. Amidst of every problems we face like typhoon, volcanic eruption, poverty and many more, most of the people here just face and smile it.
And you see in social media? There is a lot of filipino entertainer who got been famous, one of the reason is because of their humors. I have lot of known person here who is so humorous, in school there will always be, in the neighborhood, in my relatives every where, even a stranger can make you smile. I can't describe it completely but swear to you Filipinos are really good in humors.
"Philippines must be at the number 1" because filipinos always smile, laugh and even cry with a tears of joys, they also always feel the hurt in the abdomenal muscles because they laugh a lot, sometimes even if it's corny you will feel like laughing out loud because of the corniest feeling you'll also feel happy. But the funniest thing is being nasty and making vine videos. So the Philippines has the greatest sense of humour ever because they don't feel any offense when you crack a joke, anytime you can tell or crack a joke because they have a highest sense of mumore. So they must at first.
P. S. Don't search funny movies in the philippines because kinda bit corny instead of friending a filipino is much better.
Calamities upon calamities that hit this country whether it be by nature or politics people of this country survive it all with their sense of humour. Not a day where man or child not left with a smile no matter what kind of problem this poor country is facing. The people in this poor country survive it all with their good sense of humor.
Filipinos always seem to find a way to laugh at things even during hard times. They always have this certain positive outlook in every situation that they end up pulling out puns and sarcastic jokes!
Serbia, Croatia and the region have the best sense of humor! The United States not generally but the best comedy shows are American. However, Serbia and Croatia, especially Serbia have great comedy shows too. I live in Croatia in case you wonder. by the way British humor is the worst of all. No funny TV shows, and Brits generally laugh at anything and themselves don't have any sense of humor. Just watch the Britain's Got Talent comedy acts or just any british TV "comedy" show and you will see what I mean.
Serbian humour is various: it can be dark, it can be silly and it can be witty. Most characteristically, it is very direct and is unafraid of exposing the main point. The Serbian people know to make a joke at the expense of their own misfortune and they are not PC-sensitive, which is a relief in this era of strict political correctness.
Overall, Serbian humour is bold humour, and not for the sensitive people.
Best in the world! I don't know any country to laugh at themselves and find something laughable during the most difficult times, for instance a destructive war. Watch "Pretty village pretty flame" to convince yourself.
Straight to the point and full of self-deprecation. I love it.
Japan has a huge capital city called Tokyo, other cities in Japan include Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Nagoya and Sendai. It's close to South Korea, which is on the North West of it. It has a large population of 126.86 million people (Statistics Bureau of Japan. Retrieved April 27, 2016). ...read more.
Gotta love the anime humor.
Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian. ...read more.
I think Italians have the best sense of humor anywhere- if you understand Italian you will see what we mean! I am not Italian but appreciate their sense of humor!
One of the funniest countries I have ever been to- once you get to know them, Italians are very funny people.
Italian humor is sardonic and self-deprecating- I find that very appealing.
Italy is the funniest!
Russian people do not laugh; they take almost every thing seriously. They do not joke at all.
Russians are very funny, should be higher.
Russia very funny, yes?
Egyptians are the funniest in the world. At their hard times, they smile and say jokes. One man once said "When you see Egyptians you think that they have passed the (Judgment day)". Beside their beautiful sense of humor, they are famous for their morals and noble actions.
If you talk to Egyptians on any topic, even politics, they are able to create very funny jokes about almost anything and everything. Like these creative jokes that make you laugh from the heart. My opinion that they are the best Egypt is by far the funniest country in which I have lived, and has many friends, and watched the movie eleven countries above Egypt in this site is not funny at all compared to Egypt.
Egyptians are effortlessly funny, they have set a new hard-to-reach sense of humor, nevertheless, as Al-Mutanabbi said in his poem ''How much in Egypt is there for laughing! but it is more like a weeping.''
If you talk with Egyptians in any topic even politics they are able to create very funny jokes about almost anything and everything. Such creative jokes that make you laugh from heart. My opinion they are the best.
Despite of being multicultural and multilingual nation, the sense of humor of the Indian people are awesome which you can easily spot here in United states. They must be having good jokes and sarcarsm in their different languages because many jokes are limited by language and cannot be translated with the same fun into other language.
In India, humour is our another language. The only country where you can see a variety of humour, let that be witty comments, different sounds, sarcasm etc. Whereas English and Americans are famous only for sarcasm and explicit vulgar humours.
The huge impact of movies on Indians is one of the reasons why Indians are quite possibly the only people that could understand sense of humour of any country, any culture, any religion, any lifestyle.
It's huge country.. Some parts of India have great sense of humour.. Bengal, Punjab and Kerala to name a few. Though the humour in these parts vary widely from brainy to silly to sarcastic...
Canadian culture holds sarcasm as a main form of communication from a very young age, when generally brain development prevents young children from being able to comprehend sarcasm. Maybe we're just not rude enough (like dry sarcasm from the brits, or obnoxious like the aussies and americans) but rest assured, we are passive aggressively leading the world in sarcasm.
"Jim Carrey, Norm MacDonald, Mike Myers, Seth Rogen, John Candy, Will Arnet.. to name a few. These iconic names are revolutionary in american comedy culture, with the likes of Carrey and Rogen being prolific influences in some of the best known comedy flicks around.
We have to have an amazing sense of humor to deal with living next to the States. We don't take ourselves seriously and find humor in everything! We should rant higher!
Just for laughs Montreal Festival annually is attended by comedians all over the world. All the bright comedian actors in holywood are Canadians. The province of Newfoundland are filled with people called newfies that are all born comedians.
If Mexico is not in the number one is because we are extremely clever when it comes to humor and even if you speak Spanish can be challenging to understand our jokes!
As a foreigner it was so difficult for me at the beginning to get the jokes but once I learned spanish I understood how Mexicans joke, I loved it!
Mexican humor is great, they even makes jokes about themselves, which is a think not everybody does.
Mexicans, now those are funny people. They can be funny, loud and sarcastic.
Unlike the Irish, Spaniards wait for others to laugh at their jokes, instead of laughing their heads off when no one else at the table is laughing. Unlike the English, the basis for their sense of humor is not pedantry. having said that, and myself being a Spaniard, we probably have the worst sense of humor in Europe, next to the Germans
I don't agree, I think Spanish people has the best sense of humor in Europe.
They always make you laugh with their sense of humor.
Spanish people know how to make people laugh and they aren't boring
They have the highest number of comedians, of imitators in Europe, as well as the number of comic T.V. or radio shows. And there are taboos, absolutely no. But with respect. Bashing or insulting just to hurt, is no humor.
I like French humor because it can be dark, ironic and very subtle with a lot of underlying and pun word. There is almost no taboos.And of course self-criticism.
Some french jokes were hard to understand, but when my sister taught me them, I loved it!
I love French humor as well as British one, both the best.
They have really funny talk shows, it's just that they're not popularised internationally because of their language barrier. but nowadays, a lot of these videos are uploaded to youtube with subtitles and is gaining popularity.
Obviously Scotland has the best sense of humour, indeed needs the best sense of humour, as we have England as neighbours...
We don't take ourselves seriously & find humour in so many things. I'm moving to the States soon & know they don't laugh at the same things! Scotland, the finest & most beautiful country in the world! Will I move...NAH! I'll jist bide in Bonnie Scotland! I'll eat ma porridge & ma stovies wi an oatcake & weer ma cosy claes!
I am a natural born scot, and man does everyone I know from scotland have a HILARIOUS sense of humor!
Frankie Boyle! Do I have to say anything more?
Best sense of humor by far. Very high standards, because the country itself is the most absurd being a combo of east and west.
The humor of this country feeds on its cultural wealth. The deep historical background gives the color to this richness.
Only people in Turkey can understand. for other people it may be difficult.
Turks make joke about eveything. They even make fun of accidents, bad economy and all bad things!
Norwegians are one of the funniest and nicest people in the world.
Norwegian humor is so fun we love to make a fool out of ourselves
The Greeks are well-known for threir hospitality because, among others, have a great sense of humour and laugh a lot, creating instantly a cheerful ambient, even among completely strangers.
It should be higher.
Greece should be higher.
We must be first because we only have humour to pass our crisis
They don't have a good sense of humor, but they are stupidly funny.
They have a really dark sense of humor, that I actually enjoy.
They are really funny
Denmark is nice
Brazil should be WAY higher; their love to socialize, converse, express emotion and sincerity... maybe less aware of stand-up comedy because of Brazilian issues but their capacity to make fun, tease, take and give dark humour is unlimited
Brazil is just so Good, there people make fun of everything and they don't care who is going to be offended. I love Brazil.
Hilarious people, tough-minded, love to joke around and see the funny in life.
Pakistan and its people are mostly misunderstood in world unless people visit and see it. They are the most genuinely comic and humoristic with unique presence of mind and wittiest nature. They are optimistic and happy in any situation.
I have spent a very little ammount of time in Pakistan but by God the citizens despite being surrounded by millions of problems, are the most vibrant, and the sense of humor is just incredible.
I think Pakistan's nation have an art of laughing there own weaknesses that's the reason they can survive in most devastating conditions..
I agree, Pakistani people are the most optimistic despite having tough neighbours and all their problems.