Created By: dragonslip on August 7, 2012 Last Edited By: dragonslip on August 16, 2012
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Impersonating your own accent

This when comedians do an exaggerated version of their own native accent when doing impressions of their friends and relatives back home

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Something a lot of comedians do is exaggerated impressions of the people they grew up around as part of their act. Something odd that a lot of them also do when doing this is putting on an exaggerated stereotypical version of the accent the people they grew up around had despite the fact they them selves have that exact same accent

  • English stand up Russell Howard tends to put on an exaggerated version of a West Country accent when making fun of people back home despite the fact he himself has a genuine West Country accent

  • English stand up Russell Kane does several versions of his native Essex accent for different serotypes associated with the county
Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • August 7, 2012
    Avuai
    How about Real Fake Accent?
  • August 7, 2012
    nitrokitty
    I feel like this is part of a larger trope about making fun of your own culture or nation. Maybe Cultural Self Deprecation?
  • August 7, 2012
    abk0100
    House does this in an episode of House. Or he does an accent from a different part of England or something - i don't remember it very well.
  • August 7, 2012
    surgoshan
    • This is more or less the entire shtick of Larry the Cable Guy. Look up some of his earliest stuff on Youtube and you find he's got a normal, Nebraskan saw, rather than the exaggerated Southern accent he affects for his act today.
  • August 8, 2012
    MorganWick
    Some of these people may soften their accent in order to get ahead with a broader or more American audience, then revert to their normal accent to evoke their homeland.
  • August 8, 2012
    dragonslip
    abk0100

    does he exaggerate it?
  • August 8, 2012
    DaibhidC
    • Lenny Henry has an exaggerated Midlands accent he does when describing his childhood in Dudley.
  • August 8, 2012
    dragonslip
    @Daibhid C

    don't be silly people from Midlands have no accent (guess where I'm from?)
  • August 8, 2012
    abk0100
  • August 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Hugh Laurie as House doing an English accent is Hows Your British Accent.
  • August 9, 2012
    TheNinth
    What if the accent isn't the comedian's accent, but the accent of his/her family? Like Mike Meyers' really broad Scottish accent when he's talking about his father, or Margaret Cho imitating her grandmother?

    Non-comedians and probably borderline examples: John Barrowman's real accent is Scottish. He adopted an American accent while living in the States as a kid. Now he switches between them easily, but it gets thicker and more exaggerated when he talks about his family. Ewan Mc Gregor is the same. His accent's been softened, but in interviews it gets thicker.
  • August 9, 2012
    abk0100
    ^^ Aha, there we go. Should probably add a "compare to Hows Your British Accent" to the description.
  • August 9, 2012
    TonyG
    Related to N Word Privileges.
  • August 16, 2012
    ACarlssin
    In Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Lou Hirsch created the voice he used for Baby Herman by exaggerating his own voice. He did this by imitating the way other people sounded when they tried to imitate his real voice.
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