Australian humour is very unique to Australia, and many other cultures find it quite unusual. It can be described as dry, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking, very ironic and as to stretch the boundaries of what is acceptable. Our humour is seen through our use of slang, print cartoons, radio sketches, comedy series’ on television, films, everyday life and in Australian literature. According to the Collins Dictionary and Thesaurus , humour means, “The quality of being funny; the ability to appreciate or express that which is humorous; situations, speech or writings that are humorous”. Due to its unique qualities, it will become apparent that Australian humour is quiet different to that of America and England and other nations. To highlight
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It is often seen as ironic, as Australians find it quite humorous to dub a tall man ‘Shorty’, and vice versa, similarly a bald man ‘Curly’ and sombre one ‘Rowdy’. This can be seen amongst most groups of Australian males. Being able to laugh at oneself, usually shows self-confidence, and so if Australia as a whole is able to laugh at itself, it makes us a very confident nation, with confidence being an admirable trait. Without these characteristics, Australian humour would be no different to American or English humour. Humour in England is described as quite cruel, full of puns and all about understatements, whereas in America it’s all about sexual and social humour. Each country’s humour is unique but Australian humour is seen as more extreme and most difficult to understand, most probably from the ironic nature of the humour. Due to the fact that our humour is unique to Australia, it is possible to see how important it is in the identity.
Humour plays a very important part in Australian identity. Without humour, we would be a very dull society and it would have a major impact on the other aspects of our identity such as our hospitality and ability to look at the “bright side of life.” In terms of hospitality, Australian humour is important in that without it we may not be so easygoing and laid back. It seems to allow us to be more open to other people and to want to make them feel welcome. Without our humour,