Quote: Slim Pickings @ 9th April 2019, 1:05 AM
it doesn't make me laugh.
Surely that's the point, without laughter we have a drama
It depends very much upon what you mean by "laugh" and "laughter".
We all know what those words mean when they are used to indicate laughing that's audible to people in the vicinity of the person doing the laughing. Is that what you mean? It doesn't make you laugh out loud?
Or do you mean that you don't think it's funny?
"Fleabag" has never made me laugh out loud but, having said that, neither has "Seinfeld" - a comedy show that I regard as the most brilliantly wonderful thing ever broadcast on television. It's fabulously funny, fabulously entertaining, I absolutely and utterly love it and yet it's never made me laugh out loud.
In fact, having been a comedy fan since my childhood several decades ago, I can honestly say that relatively little on TV or elsewhere has ever made me laugh out loud. I do laugh out loud but certainly not once per day no matter how many comedy shows or stand-up comedians I watch. And yet, not only do I thoroughly enjoy comedy, I believe I enjoy it considerably more than most other people I've ever met.
I think you're right to describe "Fleabag" as a drama - but it's not serious drama in the normally accepted sense of that term. I think it's certainly a comedy, despite the fact that more than a little of it is tragedy.
I imagine that if I ever got together with Fleabag and a bottle of wine, one of us would say "You know what? This world is seriously f**ked up" and the other would say "I'll drink to that" and we'd both laugh.
When I watch Fleabag and her comedy-drama of a life from the relative safety and comfort of my armchair, my laughter hasn't burst out yet and perhaps it never will, but it's in there nevertheless.