Australian ‘culture’ has had a colourful portrayal in the media over the years.
In the 70s we had Monty Python suggesting all blokes were called Bruce, loved beer and hated ‘poofters’. Australian comedian Barry Humphries further enhanced the world’s perception of Australian culture with his fictional character Barry McKenzie.
In the 1972 film ‘The Adventures of Barry McKenzie’ we saw the main character, an Australian, visiting Britain as an uncouth, beer swilling, ignorant and rude loudmouth.
Then we had Paul Hogan and his Castlemaine XXXX adverts in the 80s which clearly showed the men valuing tins of beer far more than their wives and womenfolk.
But, of course, Australian culture isn’t like that at all, is it?
Or is it?
Meet Australians Tony Rogers and Rob Hibbert…
I grabbed that photograph of them from a YouTube video. Normally I would just embed the video, but I’m afraid the language they use in it is just too rich for this blog. As you know, I have a strictly ‘no bad language’ policy.
Anyway, these two guys are comedy writers and they are behind a miniseries on YouTube called “How to Talk Australians”.
It’s a mock documentary about a college in Delhi, India, that trains prospective Indian migrants how to assimilate themselves into Australian culture.
In eight glorious five minutes-ish episodes they cover the following:
- G’day Knackers
- Rhyming Slang
- Famous Australians
- Nicknames – Hello Chopper
- The Slack*rse Country
- Dunny Budgies & Budgie Smugglers
- Citizenship Test
My accountant introduced me to this series of videos, he thought they were hilarious. I think they are hilarious too. Apparently though, some people find this offensive. Good comedy though often is offensive, ask Monty Python, Barry Humphries and Paul Hogan.
The problem with these videos though, is the swearing. Don’t get me wrong, it’s all done for a reason and its ‘funny’ bad language, not ‘bad’ bad language. The result, it’s no surprise to hear, are very funny videos. It’s just that there’s too much swearing for me to embed these videos on my website due to my prudency policy.
Unless, I decided after a great deal of deliberation, I warn you first.
Bad language alert!
Yes, these videos are just too funny to ignore.
Technically, of course, there is still no bad language on my website. The bad language is on this YouTube video, which is hosted on YouTube. Just be aware that if you click the play button, you will hear some slightly bad words.
Not really bad, and we know what those really bad words are don’t we? Just slightly bad. You definitely won’t hear the words **** or ****, but you will hear **** and ******. Just wanted to clear that up.
You will laugh though, I’m sure about that. Here’s How to Talk Australians, episode one…
I hope you found that as funny as I do, to see the others, visit How to Talk Australians on YouTube.