|Falconhoof, your guide. Image: BBC|
Well, I had to know what show this video was from. It's Limmy's Show, written and directed by Brian Limond, a Glasgow comedian resembling a young Simon Pegg plus his own youthful idealism. He's pure magic, and I've been studying all the episodes YouTube can provide. (If you don't understand the dialect or certain jokes, the comments to Limmy's videos are uncharacteristically helpful and informative.)
Which is nearly everything. Users deeboi70 and John Gillooley have uploaded the bulk of Limmy's programming. Limmy himself uploads his own Vine videos and stuff like that, clips that may be funnier than what your friends provide. Likely.
|Supercop (Rikki Fulton), Scotch and Wry.|
I don't get most of the region-specific humor, and the majority of the time the brogue is too impenetrable for me to ingest, but I love it. I love that the Internet can provide the bulk of foreign programming like this. If I want to study Scottish dialect, I can watch all these shows and cross-reference Wiktionary's glossary of Scottish slang. I can see what's old and reliable or fresh and happenin' in Scotland (over the last five years), I can take it all in and put it all in context, without saving up to travel anywhere. And if I really want to immerse myself and mess around, I can take a virtual walking tour of Glasgow. Why not? We're living in the future and we have all this media at our fingertips.
I find it very satisfying. Obviously I'm alone in this journey, I can't reference my experiences with anyone else, but it still satisfies something within me. I still watch it all and drink it all in, paying attention to the interpersonal relationships and cultural mores, wondering if this is my home after all. I do that a lot.
UPDATE: Still finding more shows and episodes. So thankful something like YouTube exists (just wish it were a little freer with licensing). Currently enjoying the charming, saccharine Hi-De-Hi, aside from the unfettered if naïve racism in its Christmas episode, no less; Steptoe and Son, the inspiration for the U.S.'s Sanford and Son; the struggles and social observations of Rab C. Nesbitt.
A long time ago I got into Hamish MacBeth, now that I think about it, enjoying it quite a lot. But a friend of mine living in Scotland despised it for being "oh-so-fucking Scottish," pointing to the protag's name, the sweeping panoramas over grassy, lumpy plains or lochs in dismal weather, and other things. I could see her point.