The world is laughing

Recently I watched the Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan. If I am honest, I have to confess that I was a little shocked. I was shocked by some of the topics he discussed. I realise how big the difference is between the Polish and Irish sense of humour. Before this, I never thought about. I have a few Irish friends and we laugh very often about the same things. But sometimes I’m laughing so hard that I’m almost crying and people are looking at me in a funny way. Maybe that’s because of another difference between our roots.  What makes Polish people laugh? Everybody knows – politics, senators and councillors. They are very often the butt of jokes for cabaret groups but it’s their own fault. If we watch the live broadcast from the Senate, it’s quite good comedy. No class, they don’t care about language. Politics is one-to-one combat and if you can’t beat your opponent in an argument, you just laugh at them. Courts are full of nonsensical cases involving slander. We have an expression ‘it would make a horse laugh’. But Polish people can laugh at themselves. Of course, I have to mention a really popular TV comedy series, ‘Kiepskich’. After that, we have to say that yes, they can laugh at themselves. We have the stereotypical picture of Polish men, beer in hand, watching the television and a head full of ideas about how to make money, but making none. This series is still really popular, we still watch it and laugh, but we probably don’t realise that we are laughing at ourselves. Polish people, they like to laugh at their neighbours, brothers and sisters, but if they are the subject of the joke, it’s really serious. Some scientists claim that this happens because of our nature and call it a dependancy complex. But our dependance was almost a hundred years ago and no-one remembers it. What makes Irish people laugh? Unfortunately I am not an expert in this and my conclusion comes from watching one Irish comic. So, I have to say that they are laughing at everything and really everything, from disabled people, to politics, which includes Mrs. President, immigrants, American people, Scottish people and of course, Irish people. When I watched this show, I laughed in parts where I knew what was going on, but some times I thought that the jokes were tasteless. For sure, when he was talking about wheelchair users (I have to say that I even laughed at the joke about Polish people). I think that some threshhold was crossed and also I couldn’t stand that many bad words without any censor. After this I started thinking ‘why I am so angry about this kind of humour?’ and I am sure that this is because of the difference between the Polish and Irish nation. We are laughing at different things because we are different, it’s easy. But I think that the most important thing is that we have to control the topics of our jokes and ensure that they don’t offend people.  PS. Since the last election in Poland, I sleep in my pyjamas which is adorned with two ducks. I call this pyjamas my political pyjamas (the Polish President and his brother, their surnames are Kaczynski, Kaczka is a duck in Polish). It will soon be time to change my pyjamas to Donald Duck (the Prime Minister’s name is Donald) or to the Devil Rokita. (Rokita is the surname of the leader of the Polish opposition leader).