Ambiguous Name: Tough Room

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1 Larkmarn18th Sep 2013 11:45:59 AM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
The trope keeps getting used across the wiki as something like Lame Pun Reaction, basically someone lampshading that no one laughed at their joke. However, the trope is "funny characters are unpopular (or at least not as popular as they would be in real life)."

Honestly, I question its tropeworthiness myself. The description is a bit weird ("While in real life genuinely funny and charming people are social darlings, in TV land they're more seen as annoying losers. The prime examples would have to be Chandler Bing and Xander Harris, who in their early seasons, at least were funnier than just about anyone in real life, yet got nothing back but eye-rolling and sighs. You wonder why they hang out with these people." sounds like it was written by someone who considers themselves hilarious but not getting the love and attention they deserve.
2 SeptimusHeap18th Sep 2013 12:04:05 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
I guess we ought to see how the wicks are used. Dunno about tropeworthiness as the things you mention aren't really arguments against it.
3 Larkmarn18th Sep 2013 12:22:28 PM , Relationship Status: Hello, I love you
The issue is that it's a stock phrase, and the trope doesn't really jive too well with how the stock phrase is used.

Went through the bottom 15/52

7 incorrect 3 correct. 2 probably right. 2 probably wrong. 1 I don't know if it's misuse.
4 SeptimusHeap18th Sep 2013 12:24:24 PM from Laniakea , Relationship Status: Mu
OK, that seems like reason for a rename at least.
5 AnotherDuck18th Sep 2013 01:28:53 PM from Stockholm , Relationship Status: In season
No, the other one.
Well, the name (or Tough Crowd, or variations) is used by comedians about an audience who doesn't laugh. Whether or not the jokes are funny doesn't really matter, as long as they're supposed to be funny. If that makes sense.

From what I gather from the trope, it's supposed to be about when the jokes are supposed to be funny to the audience (whether or not that's actually true), but no one laughs in the show. So it's really a bit of a tighter definition of the trope than what the phrase is used as.
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