“Alright, so, I’ve been saying this for a while that, as a professional humorist, I mean this completely serious - there’s no joke coming - that about a third of the country doesn’t even recognize a joke. Doesn’t know you’re kidding.
“And they can only tell you’re kidding if they see somebody else laughing, or you say, “Ha, Ha” or “JK” or something after the joke. They actually can’t tell.”
Adams says he first realized that a third of Americans are humor-deprived once he started taking comedy seriously:
“I never noticed until I became a professional humorist and told jokes in public and looked at the people in the audience and would see a third of them just sitting there looking around like they didn’t even know that they’re at a comedy situation.”