Ricky Gervais’s article for TIME

The Difference Between American and British Humour
Apart from the spelling of the word, obviously

There’s a received wisdom in the U.K. that Americans don’t get irony. This is of course not true. But what is true is that they don’t use it all the time. It shows up in the smarter comedies but Americans don’t use it as much socially as Brits.

We use it as liberally as prepositions in every day speech. We tease our friends. We use sarcasm as a shield and a weapon. We avoid sincerity until it’s absolutely necessary. We mercilessly take the piss out of people we like or dislike basically. And ourselves.

This is very important. Our brashness and swagger is laden with equal portions of self-deprecation. This is our license to hand it out.

Read in full at ideas.time.com
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