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John Cleese wrote:
Dear Citizens of America,

In view of your failure to elect a competent President and thus to govern yourselves, we hereby give notice of the revocation of your independence, effective immediately.....


http://starrgazr.wordpress.com/2008/02/15/john-cleeses-lette...

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So, I live in "Pittsburra". I never knew...

I suppose this also means we will have access to the excellent British dental services. Outstanding!
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desertfox2004 wrote:


I suppose this also means we will have access to the excellent British dental services. Outstanding!


Sorry, you're several years too late for those. My dentist has recently renamed itself "Smile Concepts" and thrown out all its NHS patients :-(
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Isn't this joke like 10 years old at least you know?
 
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Octavian wrote:


It's a viral thing that's been doing the rounds since your Supreme Court elected George Bush. That's the first time I've seen John Cleese's name attached to it. There are some people who claim that the first version was on an internal newsgroup at the company I work for (which will be nameless) and have (or had, I think the archives are probably trashed now as the newsgroup is no more) some eveidence to that effect. I remain sceptical of that being definitely true though.
 
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Yeah sorry, not Cleese ...
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Csigs wrote:
Yeah sorry, not Cleese ...


Say what you want, but I know Cleese's voice when I hear it - and the narrator in my head is definitely he.

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desertfox2004 wrote:
So, I live in "Pittsburra". I never knew...

I suppose this also means we will have access to the excellent British dental services. Outstanding!


Please step away from the deceased equine beast, and put the down the whip.
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Dearlove wrote:
It's a viral thing that's been doing the rounds since your Supreme Court elected George Bush....


laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh laugh

Oh, wait...that poor Bloke was probably serious. Appologies!
 
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moss_icon wrote:
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So, I live in "Pittsburra". I never knew...

I suppose this also means we will have access to the excellent British dental services. Outstanding!


Please step away from the deceased equine beast, and put the down the whip.


Yes, because the big, fat, asinine, stupid American is a joke as fresh and pure as a summer breeze.
 
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Dearlove wrote:
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It's a viral thing that's been doing the rounds since your Supreme Court elected George Bush.


Such complete lack of understanding bolsters my confidence that our founders did the exact right thing in shedding themselves of the yoke of British ignorance.

But to be fair... you guys did give us The Beatles, Jaguar XKE's and the Harrier. Not too bad for a bunch of island yokels.
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DWTripp wrote:
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It's a viral thing that's been doing the rounds since your Supreme Court elected George Bush.


Such complete lack of understanding


Duh, it's a joke. Well, a jokey summary. Consistent with the "original".

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bolsters my confidence that our founders did the exact right thing in shedding themselves of the yoke of British ignorance.

But to be fair... you guys did give us The Beatles, Jaguar XKE's and the Harrier. Not too bad for a bunch of island yokels.


Just as I will assume that this is, rather than your own brand of ignorance.

I think you missed Scotch whisky. Don't drink it myself, but I think it's also regarded as one of Britain's more successful exports.

 
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Duh, it's a joke. Well, a jokey summary. Consistent with the "original".


S'okay Chris... I was inwardly smiling, in a jokey sort of way. It's my Americanized opinion that British humor is best left to the slapstick and silly sorts like Benny Hill and the old Monty Python era... back before they got rich. Brits don't do the ironic humor as well as Americans.

Oh yeah... and I forgot Top Gear. Truly one of the most entertaining shows ever put on television.
 
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It's like me grandfather used to say...

"The bloody Brits are overpaid, overfed, overdressed, oversexed, and OVER THERE!!!"

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DWTripp wrote:
Brits don't do the ironic humor as well as Americans.
DW you have finally flipped. Give me one example of good American ironic humour.

Oh, and that was clearly never written by John Cleese, it contains several americanisms.
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DWTripp wrote:
Brits don't do the ironic humor as well as Americans.


Now to a Brit, that's complete nonsense. We think of the Americans as totally devoid of irony. We even make jokes about that. It's not true of course, but there is a truth in it - most comedy doesn't travel. Many (most?) top-rating US comedies are just not funny here. Some others are.

But there is a major British comedy strand based on irony. Have you ever seen Yes Minister/Yes Prime Minister? I could see that appealing to some Americans, of which you may (or may not) be one.

On the other hand one of the most brilliant British TV comedies ever was Dad's Army (although as ever better in its earlier years). Of course it's dated - but it was dated when it was made (it's a 60s/70s show about the war). But I expect that not one in a hundred Americans today would find it funny (odd moments aside). That's because if you dissect it (not that you should) its number one subject is the British class system (which was breaking down in its rigidity by when it was made, which I assume was partly the point).

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I forgot Top Gear. Truly one of the most entertaining shows ever put on television.


Apparently, according to an article I read in the Guardian, very high on lists of pirated TV shows. There's an American version planned - they are looking for an American Jeremy Clarkson.
 
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boltongeordie wrote:
DWTripp wrote:
Brits don't do the ironic humor as well as Americans.
DW you have finally flipped. Give me one example of good American ironic humour.


I think that was it.

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DW you have finally flipped. Give me one example of good American ironic humour.


Ack! It's the attack of the British Chris's...

It took me a single nanosecond to answer you: P.J. O'Rourke... anything by him. Whether his books, his writings for The Rolling Stone, The National Lampoon, or his 70's and 80's Car & Driver articles, The guy is brilliant, ironic, satorical, literate and funnier than almost any British satirist or humorist in existence.

Not to mention, unlike many who started out apolitical and when they got filthy rich suddenly became Commies, knee-jerk liberals or apologists for the nanny-state... O'Rourke began as a tripped-out anti-war Hippie in the 60's and as he found a measure of success peeled back the layers of his false "sense of rightness" and outrage and discovered that he really is not a Hippie liberal.... not a true conservative either... but a keen and insightful observer of all things political.

I recommend you read some of his stuff first, like "Give War a Chance" or "All the Trouble in the World", then I'll enlighten you some more.
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boltongeordie wrote:
DWTripp wrote:
Brits don't do the ironic humor as well as Americans.
DW you have finally flipped. Give me one example of good American ironic humour.


I think Larry the Cable Guy is steeped in irony.

 
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There's an American version planned - they are looking for an American Jeremy Clarkson.


Could be a sad thing... knock-offs usually fall short of delivering what orginal concepts have.... but, I'd like to sign up as the American "Stig".
 
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DWTripp wrote:
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There's an American version planned - they are looking for an American Jeremy Clarkson.


Could be a sad thing... knock-offs usually fall short of delivering what orginal concepts have.... but, I'd like to sign up as the American "Stig".


True, except for "The Office".(And Three's Company).
 
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DWTripp wrote:
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There's an American version planned - they are looking for an American Jeremy Clarkson.


Could be a sad thing... knock-offs usually fall short of delivering what orginal concepts have.... but, I'd like to sign up as the American "Stig".


There's supposedly an Australian version planned. Personally I think we should just stick with the British import in this case.
 
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Karlsen wrote:
There's supposedly an Australian version planned.


I think any country in the world that will pay the BBC enough money can have its own version.
 
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