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Is British humour dead?

In our multicultural, global, politically correct era, is there still a British sense of humour? Yes!

By Sam Leith   December 2011

A scene from Carry On Doctor (1967): faced with Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Williams struggles to contain himself

Plus: read Henning Wehn, Arabella Weir and AL Kennedy on British humour

The German sense of humour,” as an old colleague was fond of remarking to me, “is no laughing matter.” That was in the days when we could rely on a few cast-iron verities. His pronouncement was highly unlikely to be tested by exposure to any actual German humour; and it could be made because being rude about the Germans remained an important fixture in what we would proudly and unreflectively…

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