maddoggirl (maddoggirl) wrote in linguaphiles,
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Are there any languages better suited to comedy?

I know that's a broad question, and I don't think there will be a clear answer, obviously, but let me clarify. I don't mean a language with more potential for comedy devices. I mean, some languages will obviously have more facility for wordplay, puns etc.

What I'm interested in is: are some language innately better at comic delivery? Not what people say, but how they say it. What got me thinking was that I have watched Friends and Scrubs in French (I'm English, but learning) and never thought it was at all funny. My old French teacher told us that French is a flat language and so it's harder to make the way words are said amusing. But then today, I was watching Monk in French and the way the dubbed Monk said 'La bombe, ca veut dire.... bien' made me laugh as much as in English. Thoughts?

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