In general, any type of humor
that uses the standard "set-up" then punchline
structure. In particular, this is my description of very bad American sitcom
s. Some examples are Saved by the Bell
, Family Matters
or most anything featuring the Olsen twins
. Almost all the "jokes" in these show are very simple to follow. Everyone knows when someone is going to make a "funny" remark. The situations are set-up and then almost religiously followed through with. It's usually even simple to predict the punchline
. These shows follow the basic structure of a joke, but are completely unfunny
There is some good set-up knock-down humor though. The best is when Rodney Dangerfield does his stand-up routine.
In contrast to this type of humor think of the Simpsons. While they do use lots of easy to follow jokes, there are also a lot of spontaneous bizzarre jokes. Another good example is Mr. Bean.
In another node, pingoiun, used the phrase "sitcom-by-numbers", which may also be a good description of the above mentioned shows.