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VASA AND YPRES: A MAYFAIR CONUNDRUM

Quintessential British Humor

By TanaNari, author of Price

Mar 14, 2016: This story bills itself as a parody and comedy. I’m not sure what it’s a parody of, exactly, but there’s no disputing the comedy.

Meet Vasa (whose name I’m convinced was selected for sounding like ‘vapid’) . . . a rather bitchy, mean-spirited and more than a bit oblivious to the world woman who, like the humor, is so British it hurts a little.

She’s accompanied by her foil/straight(wo)man/snarky employee Ypres, who seems to exist solely to both suffer the idiocy of, and make fun of our main character. It reminds me a bit of Kip and Brannigan, of Futurama fame.

As a whole, what plot exists seems to be solely for the purpose of setting up these characters for mean spirited punchlines and embarrassing situations that are mostly Vasa’s fault.

The style of humor is achingly British in nature, and I can safely say if you have an opinion on that sort of humor, then this won’t be the story that changes your mind. You already know if you’ll like it or not.

And if you have no opinion on Brit humor, I must ask where you’ve been hiding for the last fifty years.

And that’s really all I can say. I find it funny, if a bit mean. Better in quality than something like, say, Family Guy . . . but I can’t praise it for being more than mere comedy like I could with Duckman, The Critic, or South Park.

It is what it is: quintessential British humor done well. You already know if you want to read it.

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