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Laugh tracks are they really necessary?

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#26 OFFLINE   SayWhat?

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:19 PM

Definitely overdone in the Big Bang pilot. It even sounds canned, as in from the bottom of a metal barrel.
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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:29 PM

I thought Cheers was filmed before an audience?


That was what they said. And even if true, neither are desirable. The live audience is getting cued by a flashing sign.
I even suspect comedy central of tweaking up the audience response in some of the specials. Demitri Martin's show has definite audience laughter enhancement.

It was years ago when I saw an interview with a professional laugh-er. She was placed strategically in the audience to induce laughter. You can pick them out sometimes when you listen.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:33 PM

Some horrible examples, Real People, Funniest Videos with Bob Saget, and now that awful Tosh show.

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Posted 20 September 2011 - 06:36 PM

Some horrible examples, Real People, Funniest Videos with Bob Saget, and now that awful Tosh show.


Tosh.0 is one my favorite shows.
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Posted 04 December 2011 - 12:46 PM

Trying out "The Exes" (Kristen Johnson, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight) on Comedy Central. It was heavily hyped on TVLand, so I'm not sure it's on CC, but anyways .....

Laugh track is already annoying and distracting. It's in too many places that don't even seem to be meant to be funny.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 12:22 AM

Trying out "The Exes" (Kristen Johnson, Donald Faison, Wayne Knight) on Comedy Central. It was heavily hyped on TVLand, so I'm not sure it's on CC, but anyways .....

Laugh track is already annoying and distracting. It's in too many places that don't even seem to be meant to be funny.

Yeah. The show looks like it might actually work - we laughed some. And it's filmed before a live audience. But they just can help but add that stupid laugh track.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 10:05 AM

Best: No audience or laugh track
Okay: Live audience
Bad: Laugh track
Worst: Laugh track for a show that isn't funny

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 11:43 AM

A laugh track that one is unaware of is O.K.

However, since reading this thread, there's no laugh track that fits that definition.:nono2:
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 02:24 PM

I used to get a kick when watching I Love Lucy reruns to try and determine how many times the laugh track "looped". On the the track they used, at one point you can hear a woman say something sorta like "uh oh". It's very distinct, so was easy to pick out every time it came around. I remember one episode where I heard it 8 times.......

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 04:49 PM

Laugh tracks: are they really necessary?

Yes. How else would you know when to laugh? :shrug:

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 05:00 PM

As opposed to a dead studio audience?
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That joke needed a laugh track. Here it is :lol::lol::lol:
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 06:37 PM

I just realized that I do not watch any shows with a laugh track.
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Posted 05 December 2011 - 07:25 PM

Laugh tracks: are they really necessary?

Yes. How else would you know when to laugh? :shrug:


While flipping through channels I landed on some teen series on one of the Nick channels. The audience (or the track) laughed after nearly every line the actors spoke. It was weird. And it wasn't even funny.

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Posted 05 December 2011 - 08:02 PM

In today's digital TV world, laugh tracks could be toggle-able, not unlike CC. Won't happen, but it's a thought. Actually it could be implemented right now without a lot of change: Make one SAP the track without the canned joy.

Still won't happen.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 05:14 PM

I'm beginning to dislike live audiences as much as laugh tracks.

Must they interrupt after nearly every line from any character in the Big Bang Theory? Isn't there some way to mute the audience while they tape?
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 01:57 PM

Isn't there some way to mute the audience while they tape?


Even if they didn't have the audience area miked, some sound would still get picked up by the mikes being used for the actors -- and the actors would pause anyway to wait for the audience reaction.

I guess, instead of having someone warm up the audience before the taping, they could instead have someone cool down the audience, maybe tell a story about his dog dying or something like that.

But if you don't want a live audience's reaction to be heard, then there's no point to having a live audience.
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