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’.
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.
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.