Britain is famous for many things. Fantastic food, amazing quality roading, and respectable and honest politicians, none of these are what we’re talking about. What we have long stood out for, however, is our commitment to intentional comedy.

Operating from satire to slapstick, nobody else can boast the impact that Britain has had in international media over the generations. We want to look at some of the best examples of this, and at how far British comedy has come in influencing worldwide media. From old to new, where does the count stand?

The Weird and Unusual

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One of the ways it has accomplished this feat is by relying on software interpretations of older hardware classics. This allowed a new level of flexibility through leveraging existing properties to draw players in.

For example, the software developer Ash Gaming made a game about Little Britain, as well as another popular title inspired by Monty Python’s Life of Brian. These rely on the classic skits and catch-phrases which took the comedy world by storm and, combined with obligatory bonuses, play an important part in the industry’s continual growth.

The Silver Screen

Every now and then we become obsessed with a genre or topic, and this obsession causes an influx of evolving subgenres within the original. One of the most modern examples of this in film came from the 2004 Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg zombie film Shaun of the Dead.

Before this point, zombie media was already incredibly popular. However, it tended to place much more emphasis on horror above anything else. The creation and success of Shaun of the Dead opened the world up to just how well the absurdity of the zombie concept could work if looked at through a different lens. Sure, there was still room for horror and drama, but finding hilarity in guilt-free violence was too good to ignore.

Shaun of the Dead led the way for films like Zombieland, Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse, and television series like Santa Clarita Diet. Even if it didn’t directly influence the story, such as with the return of the Evil Dead series, Shaun of the Dead undoubtedly opened the doors to new avenues which zombie comedy flicks thrive into this day.

The Smaller, Less Silver Screen

Just as common, and often more directly, is the influence of British comedy on television shows. While the list of indirect inspirations here would be far too long to list, we do have a few standout examples from which to choose.

One of the most famous is the translation of The Office from Britain to the US. As one of the most successful overseas adaptions ever made, the US Office made sure to focus on all the key aspects which made the original a classic. A useless boss, a tortured straight-man, the bizarre weirdo officemate we can all relate to on some degree, and a love interest which stood above the madness; all of these elements made the move extremely well.

While running for a lot longer than the original, with 201 episodes compared to Britain’s 14, the show did evolve over time to making some changes, but most of these were generally well-received. As much as people loved David Brent, there is no way we could stomach somebody that insurable for over a hundred episodes, after all.

Gold in Gaming

In terms of traditional gaming, British comedy has long been leaned on the choice of specific characters in games developed overseas. Most of the time, these characters are unhinged, relating stoic gentlemanly attributes in a world gone mad around them. Captain Ash in TimeSplitters was a popular example of this, as was Sir Hammerlock in the Borderlands series.

More recently, the Void Bastards game, developed in Australia, arguably heavily leant on British humour and idioms, giving it a unique sci-fi appeal that charmed many fans and industry professionals alike.

A Question of the Future

One of the biggest reasons that British humour has been so internationally successful, is because of how ahead of the curve Britain has been when it comes to entertainment. In most cases, Britain had the technology that other nations didn’t, and its influence as a major influencer on popular culture allowed it entry into many world-wide English-speaking markets.

The future, however, is one where these limitations are rapidly diminishing. Filming is now cheaper and easier than ever, and the internet has fundamentally changed the way sharing media operates. While we wouldn’t expect a downturn in the quality of British contributions within this world in the future, it is very likely that a new level competition is coming.