Pretty sure I've had almost his exact exchange with someone before as well! My personal opinion on this is that you can't, since as a reader you don't know what's coming next. Someone performing comedy does, but when it's simply words or static pictures you have to read/view, they have to be funny in themselves and timing doesn't enter into it at all.Where as when reading you can do your own timing. You can linger on the build up or rush to the punchline.
Comedy in anime does tend to have some long silences, perhaps it's a Japanese thing, but I often find it to be fairly amusing. Also the way in which those silences are punctuated (either with audio or visuals) often gets me. Perhaps I just enjoy more drawn-out comedy, and reading certainly can't provide me with that.
While I can't claim to speak for Azuma, I think if I was him I'd be pretty grateful AzuDai got picked up for adaptation since it gave him the springboard publicity for Yotsuba (and very probably turned him from a relatively obscure mangaka into a multi-millionaire who can afford to turn down TV deals).Maybe Azuma-san didn't like it either and that's why we're not getting Yotsuba&!
Come here and let me cut off your ears.I personally love it and have only seen it in English
Okay, only one ear.Tomo is easily my favourite character on the show