Kanye West Twitter JokeKanye West's comically self-referential Twitter gag on Friday -- telling Britney Spears "I'mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time!" -- was pretty straightforward (and for the record, we got the joke). Then it spawned enough media scrutiny to send Kanye into a long tweet session deriding gossip and the insatiable celebrity microscope.

"This s*** takes the air out my lungs sometimes from blogs to news reports... enough already!!! All I do is focus on my work," West wrote after reading MSNBC's salacious headline, 'Kanye Tries to Start a Twitter War With Britney.'

The whole scene left us wondering: Why doesn't anyone get Kanye's jokes? He's not a stand-up comic and he doesn't star in a sitcom, but does that mean our collective device for humor detector is permanently switched to OFF when Kanye speaks, tweets or raps?