Is there such a thing as typical Dutch or Flemish humour? And if so, what are the differences and similarities?
Battle for Laughter
There is much more to jokes and witticisms than just getting a laugh. How does humour relate to power? Can activists laugh at themselves? Is there a difference between humour in Belgium and the Netherlands? Why do we joke so much about current affairs? And when is a pun successful? Read it in this series.
Foreign cartoons from the 17th to the mid-19th century show that the Netherlands has not always had a very positive international image.
From the Haegse Mercury in 1697 to De Speld in 2022: how daring is Dutch satirical news?
Humour is right there in the boxing ring of our society. So, there is much more to jokes and witticisms than just getting a laugh. But how does humour relate to power?
Whereas Verhoeven often uses satire and hyperbole, Van Warmerdam is the king of absurdism and understatement.