Sense Of Humour And Americans – The Perth Central Institute Of Technology “Henry & Aaron” Snap Ad

I blogged about this video recently – The Perth Central Institute of Technology “Snap” video – it caught my attention mostly because it’s a college I attended briefly (I did part-time intro to Sign Language there, after work twice a week when I was a young teacher at an inner-city school). I thought the video was brilliant, although gruesome, and I was really surprised and pleased to hear that it went viral – especially since it features comedians from my home town.

Warning – morbid!

Here’s one of (several out there) responses to it, primarily because it hit Reddit, Time Magazine, AdWeek and other media outlets. The Young Turks University in the USA say that ”They’re a lot more open-minded than America is… Yeah well, it’s a different culture.”

My question – is it just an “Australian” thing?

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  • Aliasalpha

    Is it an Australian thing or a “Person with a dark sense of humour” thing? Hey maybe thats it, its Humour, not humor & thats why the woman in the video didn’t get it.

    Monty Python was doing some frankly gruesome (and hilarious) comedy in the 60s & 70s, that seems like its in a similar style, normal situation interrupted by non-sequitur violence which is as funny for the absurd consequences as it is for the surprise.

    • Kylie Sturgess

      *That* is an excellent point – I’d forgotten about Mr. Creosote!

      • Aliasalpha

        The real shock of this ad is that its actually being used, an institution is daring to display a personality, thats the real story I think

        • Kylie Sturgess

          Rather than a parody of the kinds of adverts used to advertise colleges? I think you’re right.

  • Graham Martin-Royle

    When I first watched this I had captions on. The captions shown had absolutely nothing to do with what was being shown or said. Very odd, or was that supposed to be part of the ad?

    • Kylie Sturgess

      No idea – some sort of setting left on?