^ very good post Compulsive (and also interesting comment how it can work both ways, at least with Canadian humour saslou)
Really need to expose myself more to newer uk/EU/Aussie stand up comedians before I give an update of my latest comedic prejudices.
The odd thing is when it comes to UK sit coms that air in US (historically public television) I generally found them superior. Only their standup comedians (at least until very recently based on some new talent) did I find dreadful, yes even painful to watch while hearing the audience laughing in the background. Hope my theory of how the melding of cultures effect standup comedy has some truth.