Which Countries Have The Best Sense Of Humor?

Which Countries Have The Best Sense Of Humor?

Sep 15
Which Countries Have The Best Sense Of Humor?

Updated September 2020

Seeing as how this post seemed to garner some interest upon its publishing, I have taken some time to go back and pick out a  couple comedians from the countries on this list for your viewing (or laughing?) pleasure. If you found my choices of countries to be lacking, I now have evidence to back it up! I highly recommend you chase down some of the comedians I’ve now included in this article on YouTube or some other video platform where you can get a taste of their humor and how it represents that of their home nations as a whole.

Ideas about comedy and humor can be very specific to geographic location. Different people will find things funny depending on what part of town they live in or what region of a country they come from. However, some countries are famous for having a national sense of humor or an ironic approach to life.

Here, in no particular order, are a handful of countries with populations who love a good laugh. Keep in mind though that different cultures find wildly different things funny. What plays in the American heartland, for example, might baffle someone living on an island in Indonesia. Most countries have a pretty decent sense of humor when it comes to the sometimes ridiculous vagaries of daily living- it just might not resemble yours.

5 Countries With A Sense Of HumorEarth globe

1. Canada

Canada must be one of the few countries in the world to build a comedy museum. But what does it say that the Just for Laughs Museum, which also served as ground zero for Montreal’s annual comedy festival, closed its doors in 2010? Still, Canadians generally are known for their quirky, understated or offbeat humor. They’re also gracious on those (frequent) occasions when they are the butt of someone else’s (usually an American’s) joke.

Canadian Comedians

Russell Peters

Russell Peters is an Indo-Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and director. He started performing in Vancouver, Canada in 1988 and earned a Gemini award for his first comedy album, “The Last Laugh.” as well as being named one of Variety’s “Ten Actors To Watch” in the same year. In 2020, he was ranked number five on the “world’s highest paid comedians,” and was the first Canadian comedian to receive a Netflix stand up special.

Peters is recognized as a multi-faceted individual. Naturally, his first facet is that of a funny guy; he is easy-going, laid-back, and has a “funny-factor” that is refreshing to all audiences. His sense of humor involves a wide range of topics, including politics, life, sex, family, death, love, work, and even religion. He is always looking for ways to add humor to a situation and brings a lot of it to his performances. He is a very unique comedian who in recent years has managed to garner a large and well-deserved following.

Jim Carrey

Yes – Jim Carrey is Canadian!

James Eugene Carrey, better known as Jim Carrey, is an American-Canadian actor, comedian, writer, director, and producer.

He first gained fame for his starring role in the late 1990s on the popular American comedy television show In Living Color. In addition to starring in that series, he wrote, directed, and produced the movie, “The Mask,” which he also co-starred in. The Mask became a massive success at the time of its release, and it remains a box office smash to this day.

2. United Kingdom

British comedy has historically been built around situational humor (these people have been through a lot in 35,000 years and have trained themselves to see the humor in everything from the weather to quinoa) and wacky exaggeration. They are masters of wordplay and ironic dialogue on every level of society and use language as a means of humorous political commentary like no one else. Add to that, the Brits also have a deep appreciation for physical comedy – think Monty Python, Mr. Bean, the list goes on. Taking the piss – humor that involves appearing to be serious but actually being anything but is a peculiarly British specialty.

British Comedians

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is a British comic, actor, and writer. He is most known for creating, writing, and acting in the British sitcom The Office. He is also famous for being the creator-director of other funny movies like 2009’s “The Invention of Lying” and for his numerous cameos on varied television shows. Along with his hilarious acting talents, Gervais is widely recognized as one of the world’s top stand-up comedians.

Ricky is one of the few comedians in Britain that can be said to have brought about a cultural revolution with his work. He has written several books that discuss various aspects of British life in his notorious style of humor and has also expanded extensively on subjects ranging from sex and relationships to the national language, English.

Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson is an award-winning actor, writer, and comedian most famous for his role in the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder.

Before continuing, I must admit that ever since the days of Mr. Bean, Rowan Atkinson has been one of my favorite comedians. I find that the best thing about him is that he seemingly never gets bored with what he does. His talent for writing and acting allows him to create the characters he wants to create. In addition, he can skillfully change the way he speaks, as well as his body language, to create such unique performances that they’re bound to stick in your head and make you laugh even months down the right. At least they have this effect on me!

3. India

Although private humor is rampant in India, publicly things tend to be more pompous and self-important and a national sense of humor often seems to be lacking. That may be changing with younger generations of Indians who are using the Internet for satirical and comic purposes in record numbers. It also helps that second-generation North American comics such as Aziz Ansari and Russell Peters are spinning relate-able tales of East/West cultural confusion.

Indian Comedian – Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is an Indian (though American-born) actor, comedian, writer, producer, and director. He’s best known for his portrayal as Tom Haverford in the popular NBC show Parks and Recreation. He is also known as an actor/comedian and has had notable roles on movies like Get Him to the Greek, This Is the End, and more.

Ansari’s most recent project is the Netflix comedy series Master of None. This show is slightly different to show comedies you may be used to, but it still manages to be very fun and entertaining. It’s a great introduction to Aziz Ansari, who has a lot to offer as a comedian and actor.

4. Denmark

If you think weird is good then Danes definitely have a great sense of humor. They prefer sarcasm and the dark and uncomfortable side of humor rather than the jokes, witticisms or gags that Americans and other nationalities find funny. Denmark’s long-standing tradition of freedom of speech is continually being pushed to the max. Even on the world stage, there is nothing sacred, their sense of dark humor can lead them to places where other nationalities might fear to go. One example could be Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier telling a room full of journalists at Cannes that he was a Nazi. He later tried to explain, “It was a stupid joke. But that’s the kind of humor I use when I talk to my friends, who know me and know I’m not a Nazi.”

5. MalaysiaAsia Malaysia

Crowned the “world’s funniest person” in 2016, Malaysian stand-up comedian Harith Iskander is proof that this Asian island nation knows how to tickle the global funny bone. The contest, which was sponsored by the US comedy club Laugh Factory and hosted by the likes of Chris Rock and Jay Leno, invited fans from around the world to vote online. Iskander credits his win to using “local material with an international context.” Semi-finalists included comedians from Greece, Israel, India, and the Philippines.