What’s Up With People Who Don’t Like Comedy

by Dustin D'Addato on April 28, 2009

As a comedian one of the most bizarre things for me to hear a person say is “I don’t like comedy”.  But…how…it’s…but…I don’t get…what? So I go to thinking, what does that mean, not liking comedy.  Laughing is a base reaction.  You can’t avoid it and it is inherently enjoyable.  (There is science that I have done no research on to back this up.)  So how could someone not like comedy? Here are my theories about what is going on when people say that:

They Are Comedy Snobs: They like comedy, but only if it is really good.  To me comedy is like sex/pizza.  Even if it’s bad you still ejaculate when you are done. (most of the time.  sometimes you’ve got a lot of things on your mind and you can’t enjoy the sex/pizza as much as you want.  It’s no bodies fault really.)  But for some, they have seen so much bad comedy that they assume at the start the jokes are going to be bad or stupid and they would rather avoid it all together.  Those people would rather just watch The Comedy Home Run Derby than a regular comedy baseball game.

They Are Really Stupid: Some people are stupid.  They are.  It’s not their fault.  It is God’s fault.  The Baby Jesus saw fit to make some people full on “forget to take off their pants when they poo” stupid.  Those people don’t enjoy comedy because they don’t get it.  Comedy requires an instant reaction.  You’re brain has to analyze what is happening and react to it.  If you can’t comprehend it fast enough you won’t laugh at it.  That’s why people getting hit in the nuts comedy does so well.  You have to do very little analysis when you see it, so everyone can find it funny.

They Want People To Think They Are Too Cool For School: Everyone cares about how people look at them.  Everyone.  People who say they don’t are only saying that because they want you to think they are cool.  So some jackasses think it makes them look hipper if they say they don’t enjoy watching comedy.  Like those jerks who claim that they don’t watch TV, that they would prefer to read.  (You lie lair person.  Yeah, people like to read.  But TV is where it’s at and you know it.  The reason everyone has a TV is because they are better than books.  Otherwise everyone would have a huge book in their living room rather than a TV.  But they don’t, do they?  I win. You lose reader/lair person.)  Well, those same people who are all “I like books and going to museums” usually say they prefer a good holocaust movie to a comedy.  Maybe you think acting like you are so above things that make everyone happy makes you look cool, but the truth is that nobody likes you because of that.  Stop trying to be so cool.  Because you’re not.  You…are…not.

Those are just some possibilites.  Why do you guys think people claim to not like comedy?

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikita Femme April 29, 2009 at 1:33 am

Yes, yes, yes. You are right, right, right, and you know it. Saying that you “don’t like comedy” is about as dumb as saying “I don’t like food”. Just because some food is really really bad, doesn’t mean you now hate food, period.

For example, although I love the spontaneous comedy of “Good News Week” (Australian show, look it up at http://ten.com.au/good-news-week.htm), I absolutely LOATHE planned-and-scripted-a-week-ago drivel, such as Greeks on the Roof (now canned), or Russell Coight’s All-Aussie Adventures (funnily enough, also canned).

I’m with you, D’Addato; just because some people wipe their bums on the comedy dishrag and call it talent, doesn’t mean I’m going to write off all comedy.

Dan April 29, 2009 at 8:56 am

Even more mind-blowing to me is the rare “I don’t like music”. Really? There has never been a song in the all the world at any time that you enjoyed? Somehow I find that unlikely.

You're not going to read this, or more likely you'll disagree and insult me. October 7, 2011 at 12:39 am

Maybe they have something called “freedom of choice”.

The Comedy Nerds October 13, 2011 at 8:42 pm

They totally have freedom of choice. It just seems like a really illogical choice. At any given moment I have the choice to eat a light bulb, but every moment I decide not to make that choice because why would I. Not eating a light bulb feels so much better. That’s how I feel about people who don’t like comedy. They are always eating light bulbs.

Ok. November 24, 2011 at 12:02 am

I sort of like comedy. Just not comedy movies, or comedy programs. Feels like a waste of time really. Would rather watch a dramatic movie where people die and I actually care about what is going to happen next. Comedy in real life, that’s cool. But comedy as a set-up, a stand-up, or just any kind of program where I have to sit down and intentionally think to myself, “This is going to be funny” … blah. Unless it’s with friends, I feel no obligation to do so.

Michael M. February 3, 2012 at 4:53 pm

This is an interesting topic. My wife and I were just having a similar conversation when I said that I didn’t like comedy. I find that I never want to watch comedy movies or TV shows, I will always choose a drama, action/adventure, or even documentary over a comedy. Now, saying “I don’t like comedy” doesn’t mean I don’t like to laugh and have fun. I love to laugh and joke around with family and friends. I love seeing stand-up comedy, either live or recorded. I love listening to podcasts that are about various topics; tech news, science, video games, movies, etc. And in those podcasts, I love and appreciate when someone makes a spontaneous joke, witty comment or tells a hilarious story! So, I guess I do like some comedy. I don’t know why I don’t like it in movies or TV, or why I just haven’t found any that I do like? I’m just a film snob, I admit it, I’m a film snob! I prefer tense gripping drama in my movies.

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