Comedy in English – US Style

This will help English learners to understand American stand-up comedy.
Please remember to click on “captions” as the video has English subtitles.

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Bill Burr- Stand-up Comedy

Bill Burr is an American stand-up comedian from Massachusetts.

Watch his stand up set above, which has been subtitled in English for English learners. It also has some explanations of terms or phrases that may be new.

Feel free to use this dictionary for any other unknown words you hear. Enjoy!

If the video does not load above, click here to play in on youtube.

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Hang in There, Hagar!

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When you’re in a difficult situation and you’re losing hope, a friend might say to you, “Hang in there – I’m sure it will get better soon.”

So, “hang in there” means “don’t give up when you’re in a difficult situation.”

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Weekly Phrasal Verb



Have you ever felt like you have been doing or saying something repeatedly but getting no results?? Well then you could say that you are blue in the face from doing it!

So for example, if you are always telling your children to wipe their feet before they step inside but they don’t, you are blue in the face from telling them!

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ACET Idiom of the Week!


This week’s idiom isYou could cut the air with a knife!

Chess (1)Look at this picture of a chess championship and imagine the atmosphere there. Are the people relaxed and are they laughing and chatting? No, they aren’t.  They are tense and nervous and the air is thick with the tension and stress.

To describe this type of atmosphere we use the idiom ‘you could cut the air with a knife’.

Other examples

The smoke was so thick you could cut it with a knife

When I walked in they all stopped talking and you could cut the air with a knife.

We might also use it to describe a situation in which we feel angry or nervous and we feel that something unpleasant is going to happen. For example: When I made a complaint at the meeting, the other people did not like it and you could cut…

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