Follow my YouTube channel for some funny videos to do with funny aspects of English.
For example, check out my popular compilation of the "10 Funniest Miscommunications" from the TV series Fawlty Towers:
A lot of the humour in the British cult comedy series Fawlty Towers depends on miscommunications.
For example, Manuel sometimes misunderstands the meaning of an English word. Sometimes, Basil shows his ignorance — whether of American terms or the difference between a foot doctor and a kids' doctor. Famously, there's the example of the deaf Mrs Richards who doesn't hear words properly. And on at least one occasion, the miscommunication comes not from a verbal miscommunication but from Basil trying to mime a word — "Dragonfly".
Whatever the source or nature of the miscommunication, Fawlty Towers is one of the funniest comedy shows to have ever graced (or, in Basil's case, disgraced) our TV screens. The 12 episodes can be watched again and again because the humour is always fresh: the humour relies on interesting characters in humourous situations with which we can empathise rather than relying on quips or one one-liners that become stale after rerun after rerun.
The one-liner style comedy is more a feature of American sitcoms than British comedy shows (Seinfeld being the main modern exception to this. While Fawlty Towers entertains, it also instructs. The miscommunications can be a fun learning tool for learners of English as a second language. Watch Manuel struggle with English and learn from his mistakes! Thus, this compilation fits in well with my mantra: to laugh AND learn. I hope you enjoy it. (This video is reproduced under fair use provisions of copyright law.)
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em
Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em is a classic British TV comedy series starring the talented Michael Crawford as the hopeless but lovable Frank Spencer. Like all good comedies, Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em relies on interesting characters in interesting situations to convey the series' humour. For a lot of the time, the humour comes from funny misunderstandings about language — which is exactly what The Funny Dictionary is all also about.
As well as having a bit of a chuckle, English language learners might learn a thing or two from Frank's mishaps: in order to understand the joke, you need a fairly good grasp of English. Thus, this video provides a fun incentive for improving your English.
There's little doubt a lot of the success of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em derives from Crawford's characterisation of Frank, especially Crawford's impeccable comedic timing. For example, when Frank asks the matron, "You mean he's unconscious?!", Crawford provides just the right amount of pause. It gets me every time. So, please enjoy my 10 personal favourite moments from Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em. (This video is reproduced under fair use exemptions to copyright laws.)