British people use irony more than American’s in general. British people use sick jokes to hide emotions.
Irony examples: Clear as mud
The 3 C’s
Character – Tend not to be extreme stereotypes – like in sketch shows – need to be well rounded.
Alignment – Being placed close to a character
Allegiance – Taking their side, liking them
Sketch shows are comedies only funny for about a minute or two, for example, Vicky Pollard in Little Britain.
Familial roles – Like a family, not necessarily related but someone who acts like a parent.
Conflict – There has to be continuing conflict, otherwise it’s dull to watch.
Authority – With a boss
Spousal – With partner
Sibling – Brothers & Sisters
Confinement – People have to be confined to a space and stuck to each other. E.g. Prison, outer space, flat or house share, workplace e.g. hospital or office, or even a marriage or relationship.
Demographics – Way of categorising things and people.
Age/gender/socio-economic status (class)
Upper class – Carries a title such as sir somebody/lady somebody/somebody new money (nouveau riche)
Upper middle – MP’s mostly, managers, Harley Street, Doctors, high up management
Middle – Professional workers, teachers, lawyers, GP’s
Lower Middle – Office work (white collar)
Working (blue collar) Manual labour (skilled or unskilled)
Low Subsistence (E) – Students, unemployed, pensioners, housewives, people who do seasonal work