Monday Peeves – Poor Timing for Laughter


Paula Light is the lovely hostess for The Monday Peeve, where we get to complain our guts out to make ourselves feel better.

Nights are getting incredibly boring for me and I’m not talking about the hour before bed sort of night. I’m talking about the hour after dinner when, according to my mom, I’m not supposed to shower within the hour after dinner and I don’t want to be sitting in my room playing games on my phone nor watching YouTube videos.

I need to be moving and in order to move, I need motivation. That’s where the TV comes in.

After canceling my subscriptions to Hulu and Disney+ last November, I was back to TV guide surfing and periodically checking on Prime videos and Peacock, a streaming service included with my ISP (internet-service-provider).

Last night, after finding nothing really appealing, I found myself turning to the Disney Channel. This was where I dedicated 100% of my TV time during my pre-teen and teenage years – watching every show from cartoons to sit-com. In the last decade or so, I stopped watching because I found the shows incredibly childish. Maybe because I’ve grown up?

Anyway, I returned to my old playground last night – watching the Disney Channel – because one of my all-time favorite movies was on – Lilo and Stitch. I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it over the years but if it’s on, I’m watching it. That’s how much I like it even in my 30’s.

After the movie came a sitcom, one of the newer ones from the last 5 years or so.

(Here comes my peeve)

It’s a sitcom about a bunch of kids at camp. The show opened with a bunch of dialogue but for some reason, the audience was laughing to every one of those lines and I’m not talking about a chuckle here and there. I’m talking about loud laughter. There I was, listening to every one of those lines and failed to see or hear the joke.

What in the world is everyone laughing at?

Usually, I would call myself slow at this sort of thing but seriously, it was just a bunch of plain old dialogs. No punchlines. No jokes.

I’ve seen the behind-the-scenes at sitcoms and know there’s a large sign to signal when the audience should laugh but this is just ridiculous. Really? Laughing at someone saying “Good morning,” come on. That’s a poor timing of laughter.

9 thoughts on “Monday Peeves – Poor Timing for Laughter

    1. The writers might be burned out and wondering why they’re writing for a kid’s show instead of something they enjoy. I don’t think humor can be taught. It’s something you have or you don’t.

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