Finding Laughter – Are Comedy Shows Really Funny? (day 6)
Throughout the years, I’ve spent time laughing at The Dick Van Dyke Show, I Love Lucy, Mash, Cheers, Night Court, and Friends. But how much did I laugh and was it because it was really funny or did I respond to the laugh tracks or the laughter of those around me?
I listened to some old shows again, I Love Lucy and Mash, and I did not laugh much. I smiled at the antics Lucy stumbled into. I was emotionally involved with the story line of Mash and again I smiled more than laughed.
Was my lack of laughter due to . . .
- Being alone while viewing these shows?
- Because I knew the shows and so their “formula” was too familiar?
- Or maybe the writing was out-dated?
- Or perhaps I am simply a fuddy-duddy with a broken laugh-er?
I checked out a couple of more recent shows, 30 Rock. Modern Family, and The Office. Same result. I smiled much more than I laughed. And quit frankly, I didn’t smile as much as I thought I would.
I simply don’t enjoy . . .
- crass humour,
- humour based on immorality
- or on someone else’s discomfort.
Perhaps I am too rigid in my viewing tastes. Or maybe I just laughed more when I was younger.
So as to the “why” this part of my experiment failed, I am not sure. And maybe I needed to watch more than 4 episodes or watch them with someone before deciding shows weren’t funny (to me).
I don’t have a TV and so use Hulu on my computer to watch shows (more chick-flick oriented). I thought about getting Hulu Plus or Netflix for a month so I could check out Seinfeld and some newer shows. But I decided I didn’t want to use my time (or money), on something I may or may not find funny.
Your Turn . . . Are there some shows you watch that tickle your funny bone?
I am joining 100’s of others at #write31days to write every day in October on a single topic. My topic is 31 Days of Finding Laughter. I will spend time each day studying laughter to see if I can improve my laughter quotient.
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Read, learn, and discover with me what this world of laughter is all about and is it all that it’s cracked up to be. And be sure to leave a comment. Talking together will make for a richer, interactive experience for all of us.