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How would you describe the Polish sense of humour?


cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #1
I got to thinking the other day about how Polish people react to the jokes I've told them and how they have reacted to certain situations we have been together in which I have thought to be funny and they have not and I realised that Poles and Brits have very (sometimes very, very!) different sense of humour.

So I would like to ask how you would generally describe the Polish sense of humour and even to post some Polish jokes or funny stories which make you laugh.

cjjc
McCoy 27 | 1,276
22 Mar 2009  #2
subtitled
osiol 55 | 3,922
22 Mar 2009  #3
subtitle

I like the "Embedding disabled by request" bit. Is that Polish humour?
OP cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #4
LOL

I'll do a search for it instead.
JustysiaS 13 | 2,240
22 Mar 2009  #5
as per usual it depends on the person. i find that parody, slapstick comedy and laughing at politics, current news, and ourselves as well are quite popular in PL. British humour is dry and ironic, often sarcastic, you also love the play on words, the pun, it's all over the papers but sadly not very funny :/ lol. i reckon it's more often that the Poles don't get British jokes, not the other way round. Brits find PL jokes not very funny, but then Polish jokes lose a lot in translation, even if it's literally the same joke in the 2 languages. to me Polish jokes written by Polish people are the funniest.
OP cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #6
:)

I liked it.

"Are you trying to sell me a window?" hahaha
Vincent 9 | 809 Moderator
22 Mar 2009  #7
I like the "Embedding disabled by request" bit. Is that Polish humour?

I'll do a search for it instead.

Most times when you see that message, "double clicking" on the video screen will make it work. When posting a utube video it is always best to check in the preview box to see if there is any problems with the link. Hope this helps;)
OP cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #8
even if it's literally the same joke in the 2 languages. to me Polish jokes written by Polish people are the funniest.

Of course naturally the translation issue is there and those jokes which are funny only to Poles and those to Brits about the way things are in our separate cultures and as well each to their own in terms of what we personally find funny.

It's interesting stuff though thank you.

Most times when you see that message, "double clicking" on the video screen will make it work. When posting a utube link it is always best to check in the preview box to see if there is any problems with the link. Hope this helps;)

Alternatively just check on the actual youtube page in the embedding box and you will see if you are allowed to embed.

:)
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769
22 Mar 2009  #9
it's been 7 years in poland and i can safely say i will never find Polish humour funny. That isn't to say that it isn't because to many it obviously is but what seems to be considered funny here, i just find simple and stupid. To be fair though, this is something i found to be funny
OP cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #10
it's been 7 years in poland and i can safely say i will never find Polish humour funny.

What nationality are you?
still_wisher 7 | 97
22 Mar 2009  #11
im sorry to say that but i found that the most funny ppl here were in that show for EU ppl living in poland !!! like (Kevin Aiston)..
Foreigner4 12 | 1,769
22 Mar 2009  #12
What nationality are you?

does it matter?
osiol 55 | 3,922
22 Mar 2009  #13
If I invented a French cartoon character called Mademoiselle Dupont, would Poles find the basic concept amusing, or is that too British a form of word-play.

I don't want to have to explain it, but -ont at the end of a French word is pronounced -ą.

I find a lot of laughter with the Polish people I know and spend time with, and that's without being able to use the kind of word-play that I like to use in English.
OP cjjc 29 | 408
22 Mar 2009  #14
does it matter?

No. I was merely asking.

I find a lot of laughter with the Polish people I know and spend time with, and that's without being able to use the kind of word-play that I like to use in English.

Me and my friends have a laugh too but I find it's usually over some kind of situation rather than some play on words... I mean I can't even think of a situation where I use a play on words as a joke.

I always wonder what exactly 'dry-humour' is...
Gurl
26 Mar 2009  #16
tofiks a pretty snazzy dancer too!

i dont like british comdy i dont understand it one of my friends & aunt try to get me to watch british comdy but i laugh at the wrong times
GabrielleCebula - | 16
24 Apr 2009  #17
but then Polish jokes lose a lot in translation, even if it's literally the same joke in the 2 languages. to me Polish jokes written by Polish people are the funniest.

I agree entirely with this statment, with the brittish puns and the dry sense of humour, when explained to someone else they don't quite get it.

But yeah i think polish people are naturally funny, without trying
southern 75 | 7,097
24 Apr 2009  #18
To me both polish and english humour are not very funny.Polish is simple and english is just stating the obvious which is not considered to be stated.

But I have found that Poles like russian humour which I also like.For me the best is russian,czech and german humour which is dark and sarcastic.
ShelleyS 14 | 2,893
24 Apr 2009  #19
russian,czech and german humour which is dark and sarcastic

You missed French, they're masters of dark humour.
southern 75 | 7,097
24 Apr 2009  #20
You missed French

Yes,French are quite funny.The same style with german humour but not so sadistic.
freebird 3 | 532
24 Apr 2009  #21
and I realised that Poles and Brits have very (sometimes very, very!) different sense of humour.

often and not only Brits. Actually if you're not getting wasted with them, it's not easy to have fun unless we're talking about some good looking Polish girls :-).
Darun 1 | 55
7 Apr 2010  #22
Yes,French are quite funny.The same style with german humour but not so sadistic.

I am curious how the german humour is, I think ours (romanian) is pretty sadistic and black at times, but of course it is extremly self-ironic most of the times.

Can someone post some jokes specific for polish people, russian and german?
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,448
9 Apr 2010  #23
My subjective impression is that today's younger Poles (japiszony and the like) are not really into traditonal jokes (Did you hear the one about... or Polak, Niemiec i Rusek, etc.). The communist system and the USSR were the source of a great many jokes in the past. Nowadays yougner Poles prefer situational humour -- amusing repartees, put-downs, ridiculing people and situations.

But in our global era, (if the Internet is any indication) there is a huge volume of Polish jokes online -- blonde, Góral, Ślunzak, szkockie, teściowa, etc. Do Poles still tell such jokes at nameday parties and other meet-ups? Maybe only the OAPs do?
Exiled 2 | 425
9 Apr 2010  #24
I have discovered that when polish girls say sth funny I usually don't laugh immediately but when I think of that later it seems really funny.With czech or russian jokes you burst out laughing.
1jola 14 | 1,879
9 Apr 2010  #25
or Polak, Niemiec i Rusek, etc.).

I've heard Polish Vietnamese ten-year-olds tell these jokes, but I think joke telling has suffered generaly in Poland. There used to be lots of great political jokes which went away with the absurdity of socialism, and are replaced with dumb blond jokes and such.
Torq 26 | 2,371
28 Apr 2010  #27
Oh, you're an expert on Polish sense of humour now, eh? So, I assume that
you have a thorough knowledge of Polish history, culture and society, are
acquainted with the history and works of most Polish cabarets and stand-up
comedians and basing on all that knowledge (combined with almost native-like
fluency in Polish - necessary to make such study) you draw a conclusion that
there is nothing specifically Polish in the history of humour and comedy in Poland.

Or maybe (just maybe), you are talking through your arse again?

Feckin' retard...
MareGaea 29 | 2,752
28 Apr 2010  #28
Oh, you're an expert on Polish sense of humour

Well, I'm not, but I know that the three smallest books in the history of mankind are: 1) A history of German humor; 2) An overview of French militairy victories and 3) A history of the Italian militairy.

:)

>^..^<

M-G (grin)
Seanus 15 | 19,706
28 Apr 2010  #29
Very mixed
Arien 3 | 721
28 Apr 2010  #30
How would you describe the Polish sense of humour?

The words sly and cynical spring to mind.


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