I’ve been thinking a lot today about the love-hate Mrs Brown’s Boys issue, and some of that thinking has been done alone upstairs on the toilet of course. It has been bothering me especially that I don’t find funny something that lots of my close friends think is hilarious.

Surely if our friendship is based on the foundations of similar ideas, beliefs, likes and dislikes this should extend to comedy? Of course I have different ideas, beliefs, likes and dislikes to people who have befriended me over the last few years. However, generally there will be an overlap in these aspects of personality between those that are still my friends otherwise how would we have been drawn together in the first place unless it was by force and why are we still friends? I would expect that there must be some similarity in those elements that make up personality, which includes SENSE OF HUMOUR.

So why do so many of my lovely old friends love Mrs Brown’s Boys when I just don’t get it. I want to get it. It is post-modernism at its best (that makes it sound posh, doesn’t it? It isn’t really as post-modernism just means ‘copied’). I don’t doubt that there is some genius behind it. It has won awards and everything. But I still don’t get it or like it.

I am so funny!

I am so funny!

I asked members of my family to comment as I thought surely we’d share a similar sense of humour. But I find that some of them love it, my mum said, and I quote ‘I laugh so much I frighten the dog’.

Dogs don't like Mrs Brown's Boys

Dogs don’t like Mrs Brown’s Boys

So this got me thinking that ‘sense of humour’ might not be based on genes or environment but could be unrelated at all to those things that psychologists like to argue about. I have no science to back this up though, although the BBC don’t think genes play a role. It’s just a thought.

What would the world be like if we all shared the same sense of humour? Awful I think. I might never understand the appeal of Mrs Brown’s Boys but some of my loveliest friends like it so I accept that it has a lot of merit. I like the fact that we are all different in this one sense. The world would be terribly boring if we weren’t.

Define funny: US!

Define funny: US!

Just for fun, because I was interested, I asked people if they like The Big Bang Theory (now that really is funny and genius, I’m not biased at all), if they like Mrs Brown’s Boys and if they either like both or dislike both. Only a few responded but just for fun here is another graph.

Another comprehensive survey

Another comprehensive survey