Humour is personal, what one person finds hilarious might fall flat for someone else. And it is really difficult to get right, comic timing is a great skill.
Now I love dark comedy, the uncomfortable laugh that makes you think but I'm also partial to the silliness of a good farce.
Here are my favourite comedies from the past 10 years of writing this blog and I would love to know what your favourites are - tell me in the comments.
A clever and funny play that twists and weaves Shakespeare's plots - often exposing their ridiculousness and prejudices - with modern references.
Based loosely on Shakespeare's Richard III the setting is an American high school and the machiavellian protagonist is a hemiplegic student Richard who is fed up of being bullied and teased about his disability.
It was a great combination of fun and dark comedy - and had a brilliant dance sequence.
A potent mix of humour, fun and feminism. It had a powerful message delivered in a deliciously entertaining and clever way.
Present Laughter, Old Vic
Director Matthew Warchus put a fresh spin on the well-trodden Noel Coward play which, coupled with Andrew Scott's performance, made this a sublime comedy.
I reviewed it alongside Noises Off at the Lyric Hammersmith, in a compare and contrast of the two comedies which you can read here.
Warm and witty it was stuffed full of characters who defy initial impressions. Loved it so much I saw it when it had a much-deserved transfer to the Trafalgar Studios.
A modern love story that starts on a drunken hen and stag night that had me guffawing with laughter.
A demonic hand puppet. What more can I say?
Martin McDonagh's comedy-thriller was just so, so good. It is a beautifully dark comedy and is one I really hope gets streamed while theatres are closed so I can see it again.
Because I can't have just one Martin McDonagh play on this list. I saw the Cripple more than once and loved the bitter edge to its comedy - can't fault at play that makes you laugh and brings a tear to your eye.
This started out in as pub theatre and I first saw it when it transferred to Trafalgar Studios 2. It subsequently transferred to the Vaudeville where I couldn't resist seeing it again.
It is a good old fashioned farce - innocent silly entertainment without feeling dated - and has become a phenomenal success.
Propeller Theatre (what happened to them?) made me love Shakespeare's comedy or at least made me laugh a lot. Their Richard III was superb too.
A ridiculously clever black comedy that through uncomfortable laughter said an awful lot about racism.
And some comedy plays that I thought fell a little flat:
The Man in The White Suit, Wyndhams Theatre - despite some contemporary references it felt dated.
The Dresser, Duke of York's Theatre - great performances but otherwise lacklustre and a play that was past its prime.
Tree, Old Vic Theatre - A comedy sketch stretched to fill 85 minutes.
What The Butler Saw, Vaudeville Theatre - Another farce which felt its age, particularly in the way it treats women.