Today’s Prompt:

What makes you laugh?

I’m skipping Day 6’s prompt: What inspires me? Answer: The world.

Background:

I developed an appreciation for cultural and ethnic humour at a young age. It became obvious that my parents wanted me to broaden my horizons when they showed me Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (his Magnum Opus in my opinion) when I was eight years old. Of course, that movie was accompanied by a lecture on how I’m not allowed to use the language featured there. Anyone who has seen Blazing Saddles knows why. But, never give a saga an even break! To this day, I still love Blazing Saddles and I have a group of friends who love seeing it too. My advice to anyone who hasn’t seen it before: get past the first five minutes. You will see it’s making fun of racism. At first, you may think it’s just an offensive movie, but actually, NOTHING is sacred to Mel Brooks! Nothing. He makes fun of Nazism, cultural appropriation (before that even became a mainstream term), white supremacy (again before it became mainstream), etc.

Don’t ever tell me to head something off at the pass!

As I got older, I explored more cultural and ethnic humour. I loved the BBC for its comedy, and I began to pick up the nuances of different cultural humour. I didn’t get into comedy much in the US, and then I discovered Trevor Noah and John Oliver! When I moved to Canada, I realized Canadians have an amazing sense of humour and comedy is what helps people get through the long winters! I have started creating stand-up comedy routines of my own based on my own multicultural experiences.

My Answer:

I look around me for humour, and I draw from my background. But overall, I can say that Canadians make me laugh the hardest. I’m always looking up comedy to see on CBC and CTV. Of all the countries I have lived in, Canadians have the best sense of humour hands down! That’s what inspired me to try my own standup comedy. Even if Canadians aren’t comedians, I see them making so many hilarious comments on Reddit or social media!

Here are some examples:

I feel so Calgarian when I see this

Recently, this news story happened, and Twitter blew up over this! Here are some of the best Twitter threads I have seen:

So, that’s my answer. What do you think? What makes you laugh?

About Author

I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.

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17 Comments

  1. Love your take on β€œeven if Canadians are not comedians”. As a β€œthird culture kid” – no doubt you’ve seen how other cultures use a sense of humour to deal with humourless material. Too funny.

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      Yeah, I do like seeing cultural humour and the nuances with it. Thank you for your lovely comment 😊

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    Oh I love Trevor Noah.. I find his point of view and experiences very interesting.

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      Have you read his book Born A Crime? He’s actually a Third Culture Kid just like me! Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      Haha! Mel Brooks said said in an interview that his 5 year old grandson (or great-grandson) yelled the shitload of dimes line in a supermarket. At least he didn’t say any of the racier lines in that movie! There are worse things a 5 year old can yell in a supermarket. Thanks for commenting 😊

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    says:

    Have you seen SCTV from the 80s? Or Kids in the Hall from the 90s? Very silly and quite typical.

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      I haven’t seen those yet, but I’ll check them out. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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    Blazing Saddles is the best, for sure. Another one is Uncle Buck with John Candy and Planes, Trains and Automobiles with Steve Martin and John Candy. Good riddance to Kevin J, what a maroon, as Bugs Bunny always used to say. Happy laughing. Allan

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      I think Kevin J is still in Canada and he’s not allowed to apply for political asylum in the US until he has served his jail term. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      It is brutal there, yes. What’s funny is he was too dumb to dress for it. Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

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    says:

    I enjoy watching comedy shows. They take the edge off a trying day.

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      Hear hear! I have had days where I will say, β€œLet’s turn on some comedy. I need something to laugh at.” Thanks for commenting πŸ™‚

  6. Oh my gosh! Love Blazing Saddles. Thing is, my sense of humor is rather dark, so many people miss it. At the same time, friends don’t ask me to comedy clubs. I seldom laugh there.

    1. Third Culture Kid – I am a Third Culture Kid who has lived in five different countries: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­πŸ‡«πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦/πŸ‡―πŸ‡²πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί. I moved to Canada in October 2020 and I started blogging about adjusting to life here. Follow my blog for tips on expat life, stories about my life as a Third Culture Kid, features on where I have lived, and world news.
      says:

      I sometimes enjoy dark humour too. Thanks for commenting

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