I read an article about comedians who aren’t funny. I don’t want to prejudice the discussion so I won’t discuss even a bit of it. I do have some initial thoughts.
One’s first viewing or hearing of a comedian has an enormous effect going forward. If the first thing you heard them riff on was an exquisite send-up of something you agreed should be made fun of, then it will take quite a bit of that comedian being over-the-line offensive for you to turn on him. OTOH, if your first experience was something which offended you - Wait. That’s not fair. That’s not even half true – then that’s going to be there whenever you hear her again.
Finding something Not Funny because it just doesn’t grab you or is culturally too far off from you is different. Humor from another time and culture has a way of being opaque to us. Occasional moments of Marx Brothers movies make me laugh, but in general, I just shrug. Yet sometimes we acquire a taste for a writer or performer. Neutral is not the same.
In the original AVI family before Romanians, there were usual nights where one person was reading off alone and laughing out loud. Some blessed evenings, all four of us were cackling alone, yet shouting out bits and explanations to the others. Gordon Korman, Dave Barry, and Scott Adams figured prominently in this. There were movies attended where we all laughed, and that part did carry through to acquiring Romanians. Chris and I saw Borat together and could not contain ourselves.
LOL, ROTFL, LMAO, and even LMFAO are seldom true. We use them as signifiers of amusement, but it seldom a literal description. I laugh out loud more than nearly everyone you know, I am sure, but those are brief and contextual to a live conversation. Very few comedians make me laugh.
Here's an interesting possible conclusion of that: Very few comedians are funny. They are amusing, and when we drink, pay money, and sit in crowds to watch them we may laugh, but they are more properly described as amusing. We chuckle and send the clips on to express a point of view.