The Queen’s Birthday today is the time celebrate Britishness with all manner of street parties, etc. And one of those British qualities to celebrate is its embrace of failure. Specifically in its comic heroes according to the grand doyen of British comedy, Stephen Fry. In the clip above he asserts that all of the British comic heroes are failures. “Our [culture] is bathed in failure, but we make a glory of our failure. We celebrate our failure.”

He contrasts it with “American optimism” where the Yanks maintain a “refusal to see oneself in a bad light”…

  • “If you go to an American bookshop, by far the biggest section is self-help and improvement”

(thanks Isley)