Amusing rather than side-splitting, I'd say, Joyce - but then I'm not really a 'laugh till I cried' kind of person anyway.
The Apple Riot does amuse me because it plays in my head as a silent movie, with the characters moving faster and faster, and ever more desperately - and there can be an element of this in slapstick humour, which I don't normally like, but odd examples do work for me:
). EMBD was a bit older than my father, but was probably equally familiar with the slapstick tradition of early cinema (inherited from the music hall and burlesque).
Sorry about the mini-essay - I did a seminar in movie history at university and some of it has obviously stuck, even after all this time!