: Andrew George
Put simply: No.
Comedy is a genre of entertainment which is difficult to pull off, even for the funniest people in the world, because its success rate depends too much on the audience it is playing to. A special give and take is required in order to have a comedy show be considered as a success. As Ryan Stout says, “Live comedy is a lot like sex. It doesn’t matter how hard I try, if you just lay there, this isn’t going to be fun for anyone.”
There are general topics and styles which tend to at least get an appreciative chuckle from most people, (black people and white people REALLY ARE different!) but other types of comedy depend on the sense of humor of the individual. From parody to puns, irony to slapstick, everyone finds humor in different ways. For example, look at CBS’s “Two Broke Girls”. At least one executive at the network thinks it’s hilarious, thus keeping it on the air on a weekly basis.
Comedy is all about provoking emotion, which makes it a truly subjective art form. What makes one person happy or sad does not necessarily have the same cognitive effect on another person. It makes a person wonder if there's one type of comedy which is superior to all others. Obviously some types of comedy are more popular than others, in the way that gaming sites like partycasino.com might be more popular than similar sites across the internet. This doesn't necessarily mean it's the best type of comedy though, just because it is more fanatically successful or more present in the public eye. Often the best of something is lesser known or understood, much in the way that alternative music was looked down upon by most people in the 90’s before it became mainstream. The trouble is that it's difficult to measure which type of comedy would be the best, simply because it is so dependent on public opinion. If we all chose the type of comedy that we were told by pop culture bloggers and reporters was the best, then Gallagher wouldn’t have had to do cell phone commercials to pay rent.
You could create a questionnaire or poll in order to figure out what is the most popular amongst the general public, but it would also be a good idea to analyze each type of comedy for its pros and cons individually and then compare them. But at the end of the day, that’s not what comedy is all about. The point of standup is to entertain and to provoke thought. If an individual can do that just by going out on a stage and talking into a microphone, then they’re doing it right. So long as the audience leaves happier than they walked in, then the show was a success. Plus, in order to create and gather information from such a survey, you would have to make comedians gather that information, which is something that not many of us are too into… that’s why we do comedy.
If you’re trying to figure out what the best kind of comedy is for you on a personal level, then you’re going to have to do a little bit of personal research. If you are looking for a way to see a whole bunch of different types of comedy all in one place at one time, get yourself to an open mic night. There you can see upwards of 20 comedians, all who are doing short sets. So even if you discover a type of comedy that you absolutely hate, they will be done within five minutes, so you don’t have too much to worry about until the next comedian, who will hopefully be more enjoyable to you on a personal level.