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originally posted by: ArMaP
a reply to: muzzleflash
Hmm, it sounds like what people in the US call "humour" (or, in this case, "humor").
originally posted by: burdman30ott6
They started in the Friars Club in New York decades ago, ArMaP. It is "US humor," but a lot of European countries have attempted to emulate it over the years with less than successful results.
I'd say the Brits have gotten the closest. Part of *why* it fails in Europe is that a roast requires the individual being roasted to have a self deprecative sense of humor and not be too full of themselves... it would seem that the concept of laughing at yourself is foreign to most European cultures.