Holy cow, I wrote a book!
In celebration of their tenth birthday,
Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK
commissioned a study on how regional accents affect perceived funniness,
and the conclusion was that
people from Birmingham have the funniest accents.
The Received Pronunciation, which is the only British accent
most people in the United States are familiar with,
came in dead last.
I'm sure that there are some nuances of class that I miss out on
when I watch a British-made film due to my lack of familiarity
with the connotations that
each accent brings to the table: Which accents are the aristocratic
accents, the working-class accents, the stereotypical football fan
accents, and so on.
I wouldn't be surprised if the advent of mass media has taken its
toll on regional accents, softening the harsher edges and bringing
them a little closer together.
Which I think is kind of sad.
Personally, I think the northern accents are funnier,
like the ones used by
[Assorted typos fixed, 10:15am.]