Australian Sense of Humour

Many people including conservative politicians pontificate at length about Australian values and the characteristics of a “True Australian”, although I disagree with most of what they say, I do agree that Australians have a unique sense of dry, sarcastic humour.

Even the official federal government website about our culture agrees with me:

Australian humour has a long history that can be traced back to our origins as convict colonies. It is therefore no surprise that a national sense of humour quickly developed that responded to those conditions. This unique sense of humour is recognised (although maybe not always understood) the world over as being distinctly Australian. Our humour is dry, full of extremes, anti-authoritarian, self-mocking and ironic.

So when I saw a short film filling in a gap between programs on SBS TV that typifies Australian Humour, I immediately searched for copies on the Internet that I could show to other people:

The award winning computer animated Cane-Toad is a short film by Andrew Silke and David Clayton about a cane toad called Dazza visualising the possible gruesome deaths that his friend Baz could have experienced.

The “cane toad” (Bufo marinus) is a creature that was introduced to Australia to try to curb the problem of cane beetles eating sugar cane crops. Ironically they had no effect in controlling the cane beetle, instead they quickly multiplied out of control. To counter the cane-toad problem the Australian people (especially Queenslanders) have unsuccessfully tried to kill cane toads in several creative ways outlined in the film.

6 Replies to “Australian Sense of Humour”

  1. Aussie humour is unique in its own way. Some like it, some don’t. I enjoy it. English humour is the best though.

    Alex Nova

  2. Much humor these days in the states is a rehash of old racial tensions. Many comedians even personify races which they don’t even represent (see ‘Carlos Mencia’).

    Not much funny going on these days it seems.

  3. We love the Aussie sense of humour here in Dublin, even though you guys are a bit OTT some of the time. The pommes do have a great dry wit though.

  4. Being Welsh (moderate sense of humour) and lived in England (nice dry wit) and Scotland (cutting wit) and now down under…I appreciate the subtle differences in humour round the world. Certainly the Aussies can go a bit over the top, but not to the point of slapstick…my favourite wit is that delivered in a timeless, expressionless manner such as from the arid inland of Australia, or the Islands or Orkney….long reign Ivor Cutler

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