I might make some enemies here, but the truth is that I don’t think The Office is all that funny. Honestly, it makes me squirm. It’s not that it’s hitting so close to home, or that I have a problem with Steve Carrell (loved him in Little Miss Sunshine) — it just generally doesn’t make me laugh. Smirk a little, maybe, but definitely not laugh.
Jared and I have run into this with movies, too. We turned off You, Me, and Dupree about 30 minutes in, and there have been a number of others that we’ve either turned off early or just not bothered with because we knew it was that “uncomfortable humor.”
I like to think I have a pretty good sense of humor. I’m okay with gross fart jokes, and I also enjoy intelligent, topical humor, but this new form of comedy is really leaving me cold. Thoughts?