Are you only talking about multi cam stuff like BBT? Because that’s not what I meant. But if you really don’t watch any TV comedies and the reason is that you need more interesting shots to be hooked into them, I’m not sure what to say.
Granted, if the creators really aren’t interested in emulating TV style, then fine, but from about 2006 on, we’ve seen a sort of classical era in TV comedy—with the rise of the single camera show basically replacing the multi-cam box set sitcom as the standard and to a degree, even changing how those shows are shot. It works and a lot can be learned from looking at the best ones—which are all pretty intimate when compared to Cheers or Friends, etc.
Film comedies, even creative indie films follow pretty similar conventions for comedy. What We Do in The Shadows is a great example of an underplayed indie comedy that does make use of some close ups, and it still mostly plays in wides and two or three-shots.
Some creators feel so strongly about the visual language of comedy following these conventions, they use a more square aspect ratio and don’t release letterboxed versions on home video.
Part of why is that comedy tends to play bigger with the actors, which can look like terrible overacting in close ups. Also so much of comedy relies on word play, which can be hard to follow if the visuals are distracting. Same with comedy that plays in visual gags or reaction shots—it almost always needs to be a quick read. Timing is everything. If the audience gets slowed down by unusual and unconventional visuals, the comedy fails.
All that said, it is important to remember that most people watching webseries watch on their phones and small laptop screens. This is why, I think, the most popular and successful webseries tend to feature a lot of static shots and in my opinion, broad overacting.
…the rise of the Vlog style series wasn’t just because people liked watching vloggers, but it offered a familiar visual language that played almost entirely in relatively close mediums so you could still make out people’s facial expressions easily. And then they usually gave pretty big performances on top of that.