Ricky Gervais on American Optimism

Ricky Gervais, the comedian and brains behind The Office, talks here about the difference between British and American humor, and it really gets down to deep cultural differences. Optimism, the belief that anything is possible, versus an ingrained pessimism and penchant for the underdog. I wonder whether UK readers would agree with this characterization. And, more so, I wonder which outlook, the British or American, can better get you through these difficult times. The answer, to me, is not obvious…

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  • Jonny says:

    Are we missing a link here? :)

  • Dan Colman says:

    Sorry, the video was embedded in the post, as it usually is. Looks like it might not be showing up for some. I now included a direct link to the video in the text.


  • Stephen says:

    I don’t like a lot of his humor, but as a Brit married to an American living in Japan for years, I think I have a good perspective on both cultures, and I tend to agree with his assessment.

  • Richard says:

    As a Brit I have to agree with him but i also believe that much American humour is very obvious. The jokes can sometimes be seen coming a mile off and have to almost be spelt out in the American sit coms and i think this clear in the differences between The UK Office and the US version. British humour can be a lot more subtle. Although of course there are exceptions such as Curb Your Enthusiasm.

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