I can't think of an equivalent phrase here for that. A long-used one that is. Oftentimes there'll be passing phrases that come from the U.S. and they last a few months and then are replaced by something else. We don't watch tv, so I tend to not know about them until they're nearly done, but dp works with youth and he hears the newest ones all the time and watches the 'old' ones pass.
Originally Posted by *Jade*
Hehe, I loved The Life Aquatic!! It's always interesting how comedy works - for instance American comedians don't do that well live here IMHO, we seem to relate much more to comedians from the UK, so I wonder where Canadians would fit into that.
I don't really know. I think Canadians are all over the place, really. I tend to prefer dry, subtle but intellectual or real-life (not trying too hard) humour, dp prefers UK comedians/comedy by far, but we've been acclimated to enjoy some pretty wild slap-stick-y humour too, like Dane Cook and Jim Carey, but it took us many years to appreciate their comedy. Now we do, but even five years ago neither one of us would crack a smile at their work. Acclimation by immersion, I guess-- or attrition.
There are lots of cultures whose humour is lost on me. Pure Canadian style humour is one type I really don't get. I understand the language and stories, but I don't see why it's funny- at all. It seems like someone telling a story about going o the store and buying eggs and then they came home, the comedian tells us what was funny, everyone's laughing and relating to it and I'm just wondering what the joke was... I'm sure it's not really like that, but that's how it seems to me.
Also, being first generation Canadians, dp and I really don't have the cultural roots to inform us of what/how Canadians think and find funny. The humour in The Life Aquatic and Boy (from what I've seen) is hilarious to me because it is so similar to my own impressions of observing my family, and my own self, trying to figure out how to be and live in Canada with no guidance- just weird and haphazard, but genuine in our attempts. I don't know if that makes sense outside of my own head or not.
It's just very real/authentic to me, so I relate, which makes it funny, I guess just like the Canadian comedy for people who relate to it.
I KNOW!!! Canadian comedy seems to me like what's funny is what is imposed on the situation by the comedian or the person in the story, whereas the comedy I enjoy is funny because of the implications of the actions of the person in the story and the actions themselves without evaluation; it's raw, unedited in a way. Does that make more sense?
In Canada, comedy doesn't happen until the comedian/story-teller says what's funny about the situation/story; they impose an evaluation and everyone then laughs. The story is fodder for the joke, wheras I enjoy comedy in which the story is funny without an evaluation or explanation. The story is what's funny, not what the actor/comedian extracts or imposes upon it. That seems too contrived to me to be funny.
But then Jim Carey and Dane Cook definitely impose and contrive to an enormous degree, and they are now funny to us too... but in small doses.