Humour and self-deprecation

Humour and self-deprecation

Humour and self-deprecation


This week’s lesson is about a really important element of Australian humour, and Australian culture generally: self-deprecation. This is basically the quality of trying to make yourself, your abilities, or your achievements seem less important, or making fun of yourself.

In my opinion as an Australian, it’s both a wonderful and harmful element of our culture.

A few years back, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby shot to fame with her show ‘Nanette’, which highlighted the problems with self-deprecation in humour. The show was so successful that it was filmed for Netflix. You can go and watch it if you like, or watch the trailer below:

The source for this week is an article commenting on the positives and negatives of self-deprecating humour, with reference to Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’. You can read the article here: Nanette, self-deprecation and when not to use it.

If you’re interested in reading the Huffington Post article that’s mentioned in the worksheet, here it is: There Are Nine Different Types Of Humour. Which One Are You?

I hope this topic was interesting for you. My question for this week is: Is there any aspect of your culture that you really appreciate in some ways, but really dislike in others? Let me know.

Kerrin x

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