My sense of humor is inexplicable. Can you explain it?
January 8, 2014 8:45 PM Subscribe
My sense of humor when it comes to television - or rather, what I find funny - doesn't seem to follow a pattern that I can describe. It makes it difficult to tell people what I like, and difficult to trust suggestions/recommendations. Even my husband, despite knowing me better than anyone, really can't guess what I'd find funny any better than a person off the street. Examples of what I like and don't like under the cut. Looking for terms so I can describe my sense of humor to people and get better recommendations for more things I'd like.
posted by juniperesque to Society & Culture (30 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I find these shows funny:
- 30 Rock
- News Radio
- The Larry Sanders Show
- Better Off Ted
- Mystery Science Theater 3000
- Venture Bros.
These shows are sort of comme-ci-comme-ça:
- Kids in the Hall, about 80% funny/20% excruciating
- Mr. Show, about 10% funny/90% excruciating
- South Park, about 30% funny/70% excruciating
I don't like these shows, and I don't find them funny, but they don't make me acutely uncomfortable
- The Simpsons
- Flight of the Conchords (though their music is funny to me, the show isn't, really)
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force
I find these shows excruciating and can't watch them:
- The Office, both UK and American, but UK is worse
- Always Sunny in Philadelphia
As data points, I don't find ANY Judd Apatow or Adam McKay movies funny. I just squirm in my seat. I find the comedian Louis C.K. funny, but prefer his stand-up to his television show.
Again, what I'm looking for are some words
, and descriptions
that describe what the commonalities are in what I find funny/appealing versus unbearable. What is it about the kind of humor I like, that makes it different than the kind of humor I don't like?