Mr Greene, 19, is in the opening months of his first year of university in Southampton. After having being brought up entirely on American sitcoms, he was shocked to discover that when he told a joke it was not followed by a peal of laughter from the sky.
“I made a snappy comeback to something a flatmate said” complained Joshua Greene “and wasn’t rewarded with an ‘oooooooohhhhh’, or even a clap. I’m disheartened with life as a whole, really.”
Greene confessed that he considers real life “dull, uninteresting, and soul-destroying” without a laugh track. “How am I supposed to know when to laugh at jokes if there’s not a crowd of people giving me hints? Socialising with real-life people is hard, too hard.”