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.
Upstart Crow, Gielgud Theatre
A clever and funny play that twists and weaves Shakespeare's plots - often exposing their ridiculousness and prejudices - with modern references.
Teenage Dick, Donmar Theatre
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.