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Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

If you had to pick ONE comedy (series or film) from your home country to show to Swiss (or expat) friends, what would it be and why?

I probably would choose "Tea with Mussolini" with Maggie Smith, this film is full of batty expats!
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If you had to pick ONE comedy (series or film) from your home country to show to Swiss (or expat) friends, what would it be and why?

I probably would choose "Tea with Mussolini" with Maggie Smith, this film is full of batty expats!

Comedian_Frankie Boyle_he is enough to make even the most liberal of Swiss choke on their bratwurst. (ok technically not from my home country, but same island)

Why: Because it would be funny to watch them squirm.

Series: again, not a UK series, but have recently got into Lillyhammer. Funny US series!
Why: it's just hilarious! Mafioso type comedy, about Mafia henchman uprooted to Norway and trying to fit in, not so well.
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

I think I would need to add "The IT crowd". The British equivalent of Big Bang Theory.

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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

Benny Hill, Mr. Bean What? ...... already been done; why? ...... because there's very little speaking.

So out of the contemporary programs, I'm going to opt for Him and Her ...... for a start, I doubt if Swissies will even grasp the scenario of a young 20-something unemployed couple cohabiting in a 3-room bedsit, lounging around screwing and watching TV all day, with a constant stream of wierdos at the door ....... let alone the spoken humour.

Alternatively, Ideal would also baffle and bemuse.
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

From New Zealand it would have to be Flight of the Conchords, because some of the songs that they come up with are just brilliant especially Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros would like to see that translated into Swiss German hehehe.

Also I have a soft spot for Mrs Browns Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk
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Old 01.10.2012, 21:21
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Benny Hill, Mr. Bean What? ...... already been done; why? ...... because there's very little speaking.

So out of the contemporary programs, I'm going to opt for Him and Her ...... for a start, I doubt if Swissies will even grasp the scenario of a young 20-something unemployed couple cohabiting in a 3-room bedsit, lounging around screwing and watching TV all day, with a constant stream of wierdos at the door ....... let alone the spoken humour.

Alternatively, Ideal would also baffle and bemuse.
Educate me what is even funny about this show its sounds like a set of spciety drop outs how dies this qualify as humourous?
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Educate me what is even funny about this show its sounds like a set of spciety drop outs how dies this qualify as humourous?
You have to watch it (if you haven't) - and several episodes because of character development.

It was originally shown on BBC3, but I think it's been picked up and being currently shown on BBC Entertainment (formerly BBC Prime), so is more accessible to non UK dwellers. *Just done a search on their site and zilch - so it may have finished.

It's a bit like The Royle Family (situation) meets The Office (uncomfortable humour) ..... but not quite as good as either - but not bad.
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From New Zealand it would have to be Flight of the Conchords, because some of the songs that they come up with are just brilliant especially Hiphopopotamus vs Rhymenoceros would like to see that translated into Swiss German hehehe.

Also I have a soft spot for Mrs Browns Boys

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FArZxLj6DLk
I second the Flight of the Concords. Download it now (it is legal in Switzerland) and watch. I am not from New Zealand, but these guys are funny. Made their name at the Edinburgh comedy festival way back when. Have not seen much of them lately, although seen one appear in a Hollywood blockbuster. What a shame.

I am Icelandic, and we are not funny. We are somewhere in between the Swedes and the Norwegians. Our comedians go into politics. They mayor of Reykjavk, Jn Gnarr, is a comedian. Our longest serving prime minister, Dav Oddson, was also a comedian. Very rational. We rolled politics and comedy into one.
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

Leave it to Beaver!

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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

William Tell, I don't know if you have seen this clip, but this is something they did just recentlyto raise money for Cure Kids in NZ.

They took bits that the children and made it into a song with local NZ musicians.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=py_30jZGUYk
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

Anything by Chris Lilley (Australian) Angry boys, Summer Heights high ect, so wrong on so many levels but pure genius, given that he writes the material and plays several characters. Some swearing but a good litmus? test for your new friends.
Angry boys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXo81hWhfQ0
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH5nN9IFGDM

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I think I would need to add "The IT crowd".
Ironically, it was actually a Swiss friend from St Gallen who introduced me to the IT Crowd

He got Green Wing in return & loves it
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

Wait.

I thought that the Swiss and comedy don't really mix.
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

Fawlty Towers, because there are some very good scripts, good acting, and British humour. Probably best viewed with sub titles.
I never tire watching the two series: for example the episode "Basil the Rat"




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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

And of course the French- English- German comedy 'Allo 'Allo





stereo typing in very bad taste!
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

We have 6 series of 'Kath & Kim' on DVD that are currently on loan to our colleagues. I loaned them previously to my colleague from Cameroon, who got the humour and definitely enjoyed them...

My boss has a life-long goal to visit Australia. I may need to set her some 'homework' of watching Kath & Kim first...

I find the work of Chris Lilley confronting too, and a lot of fun, the 'We can be heroes' series, which predates 'summer heights high' and 'angry boys' is not as 'in your face'...
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

I'd suggest "Curb your Enthusiasm".

At least one of us would be guaranteed to be in stitches watching it
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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

And of course, "Hogan's Heros".

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Re: Introducing home comedy to Swiss friends

For the uninitiated - 2 parts showing the bulk of one episode:



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Not the Nine O'Clock News
Big Train
Inbetweeners
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