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UK (I am from UK) 14 28.57%
UK (I am from US) 1 2.04%
UK (I am from somewhere else) 12 24.49%
US (I am from US) 7 14.29%
US (I am from UK) 5 10.20%
US (I am from somewhere else) 4 8.16%
I found neither to be particularly funny. 6 12.24%
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:10
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I find the US-version funnier because there are many characters who closely resemble people I've actually met/worked with/heard of in my previous office (in Canada), and so the characters are more ''believable''.

I can't identify with the UK-version because I've never met the stereotypes the characters represent, so I don't find them that funny (I'm not even sure what a ''wanker'' really is...).
Really? You've worked with a Dwight? I find Gareth (the UK's Dwight) to be faaaaaaar more believable.

FYI - A wanker is a jerk-off (I guess that's the equivalent...).
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I think you'll find the revised version (of my post) is "nicer" than the first, unless you have another definition you'd like to share.
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:12
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

Oh thats a really difficult poll. I loved the original UK office and the christmas specials too. I began watch the US one with thoughts that they are going to ruin it but they also made it really good.

I think though that they are both so different i.e. the UK one seems more like a documentary whereas the US one seems more like a tv show.

So i'll say they are both equally good.

On an aside if anyone likes the US Office then you shoud check out Parks and Recreation. its very funny too
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:13
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UK wins hands down.
Quite agree with that - a brilliant series which I have watched several times.
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:19
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I think you'll find the revised version (of my post) is "nicer" than the first, unless you have another definition you'd like to share.
Listen, Carlos, there really isn't any need to get into semantics. I wasn't trying to discount your opinion or even say it's wrong, I was merely adding my two cents. You asked me to define funny. So I did.

(The sensitive kitteh is actually meant to be you, regardless of how many times you change your post)
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:20
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Really? You've worked with a Dwight? I find Gareth (the UK's Dwight) to be faaaaaaar more believable.

FYI - A wanker is a jerk-off (I guess that's the equivalent...).



Well, Dwight is a special one...his character is definitely insanely exaggerated; I agree only in the case of Dwight that Gareth is more believable!
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I'd just like to say that my OH prefers the sharp, witty, punchiness of British humour far and away to the bland, homogenised, safe, Walmart stuff. Ergo, we mustn't tar all* Septics with the unsophisticated-puerile-simpletons brush.




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After all, it's the exception that proves the rule.
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Old 07.10.2011, 16:34
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

I think the U.K. one is edgier than the U.S. one which, I must confess, I haven't seen.

Is the U.S. one called Frasier or something like that?
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Listen, Carlos, there really isn't any need to get into semantics. I wasn't trying to discount your opinion or even say it's wrong, I was merely adding my two cents. You asked me to define funny. So I did.

(The sensitive kitteh is actually meant to be you, regardless of how many times you change your post)
Let me spell it out for your as you just don't seem to get it - clearly, like your humour you fail to see any depth:

1) you: which is funnier US or UK Office
2) me: UK because it is edgier
3) you: yes edgier, but not funnier because edgy is not funny
4) me: well in that case you need to define funny
5) you: oh no I don't, because funny is my funny and that is the same as everyone's definition
6) me: WTF?
7) you: no no definitions don't matter
8) me: you fail

In case you still don't get it, humour can include "edginess" in its categorisation of what is and is not funny, i.e. a bit of "depth" beyond the slapstick ha-ha stuff you like.

Like you, I'm not particularly discounting your preference. I'm simply pointing out the absurdity of asking for an opinion via a poll, then discounting any opinion that deviates from your (unspecified) definition because you can't cope with *ahem* semantics - the irony*.

HTH

For the record, I now wish I'd kept the original post.

*by the way irony can also be used in humour for future reference.
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

There were only 13 episodes of the (UK) Office compared to over 155 episodes of the US office.
Ricky Gervais knew when to call it a day i.e. at the height of its popularity.
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

Okay, now let's inject some reality into your misinterpretation of events.

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1) me: which is funnier US or UK Office
2) you: UK because it is edgier
3) me: yes I agree it is edgier, but not funnier IMO because edgy is not funny
4) you: well in that case you need to define funny
5) me: oh no I don't, because funny is my funny and that is the same as everyone's definition
6) you: so what's the point of the poll?
7) me: X is the point of the poll

8) you: WTF? Up yours! <insert other irrelevant statements about semantics>
9) me: no no definitions don't matter, i was just adding my own opinion much like you added your own
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In case you still don't get it, humour can include "edginess" in its categorisation of what is and is not funny,
Is this why I might have said:

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i.e. a bit of "depth" beyond the slapstick ha-ha stuff you like.
Please oh PLEASE explain to me how the UK office has more "depth" than the US office. And don't pretend like you know me or anything about me based on a handful of statements. It's unbecoming, really.

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Like you, I'm not particularly discounting your preference. I'm simply pointing out the absurdity of asking for an opinion via a poll, then discounting any opinion that deviates from your (unspecified) definition because you can't cope with *ahem* semantics - the irony*.
You seem to half-understand. I am not discounting your opinion. Let's simplify your statement so we can see how much actual sense you are making...

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Like you, I'm not particularly discounting your preference. I'm simply pointing out the absurdity of asking for an opinion via a poll, then discounting any opinion...
And yes, this time I really did include the bold to make sure you didn't miss the point.
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Good, so it's not just me, then.

That's a relief...
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There were only 13 episodes of the (UK) Office compared to over 155 episodes of the US office.
Ricky Gervais knew when to call it a day i.e. at the height of its popularity.
What's that phrase, "Quantity rather than quality?"
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And yes, this time I really did include the bold to make sure you didn't miss the point.
Hmm. Maybe I should add some bold to my post, 'cos you still don't get what I am talking about.

On second thoughts... not worth it.
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Hmm. Maybe I should add some bold to my post, 'cos you still don't get what I am talking about.

On second thoughts... not worth it.
First, you should try to understand what you're talking about.
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First, you should try to understand what you're talking about.
Excellent advice. Try following it.
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Excellent advice. I'll try following it.
Thanks. Fixed that for you.
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"No you shup"
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Hard to say which is "funnier," as I think it depends on cultural relevance (or whatever), and the us version caters to the lowest common denominator, whereas merchant and gervais try hard to avoid being too "broad." Are you having a laugh?

Literally only one american I have shown the uk version to has liked it, whereas most seem to like the us show.

Series 8 of us office is terrible so far (4 eps). There were some great episodes in the past, however; pam and jim's weird internet meme themed wedding comes to mind.

Too different to compare really.
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Re: The Office: US vs. UK

I was wondering what is The Office but now I am more like: WTF is it all about?

An argument about who is arguing what and how humour isn't humour because of bla bla bla.....

Happy this is the end of a looooooooong week on EF.
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