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Stan The Caddy

PostPosted: April 8, 2003 9:45 AM 

Have you ever stopped to think about the laugh track that accompanies most sitcoms (including Seinfeld)? Why do we need to hear other people laughing throughout the show? Is the assumption that the viewer is too dumb to know when to laugh? Do we need a hint? You never see this on dramas, during sad moments, you don't suddenly hear sobs from a so-called studio audience. Do laugh tracks really make sitcoms funnier or more enjoyable? What would Seinfeld be like without the laugh track? I really don't know. Like most people, I'm used to it - sitcoms would seem strange without one. In fact, I never gave it much thought until I started watching Curb Your Enthusiasm (by Seinfeld co-creator Larry David), which has no laugh track. It seems strange at first, but soon begin to appreciate the humor because you think its funny, not because you hear laughter coming from your TV screen. I like it. Does this mean I that I would have enjoyed Seinfeld more without the laugh track? I still don't know, and probably never will.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: July 28, 2003 10:05 PM 

Another point, laugh tracks have never appeared in any movies that I know of and it doesnt take away from the comedy at all. Seinfeld would be just as funny without the track.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: August 10, 2003 8:17 AM 

The reason sitcoms have laugh tracks is because laughter is contagius (i cant spell). If you hear someone laughing at a joke, you laugh harder. But if your all on your own sometimes they dont seem as funny. Seinfeld doesnt need a laugh track, its just so damn funny.

BTW, i cant wait for the dvd and nice site u got goin here stan.

u kno

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PostPosted: December 9, 2004 1:23 PM 

I think that the laugh track is a great addition to TV. I mean what would seinfeld be without the usual chuckling and gaffaws u here during the show. Something is funnier when laughing wit someone than by yourself. I think the laugh track is more comforting for some people who do understand good humor.

Slippery Pete

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PostPosted: January 24, 2005 4:13 AM 

The laughs are merely a cue. Geez, don't over analyze everything...

dave hirsch

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PostPosted: March 12, 2005 10:15 PM 

Laugh tracks were made for the GAA (Great American Asshole). Picture some schmuck sitting at a control board with a copy of the sitcom script in front of him. At key moments (who determines them?) he clicks the proper laugh category, and cranks up the designated duration and volume. Does the GAA not feel that laugh track technology is an insult to his intelligence? Does he lack the chutzpah to rebel and to tell the powers that be that he and he alone must decide when and how much he will laugh? God help us!!!

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: March 15, 2005 4:51 AM 

I find them annoying... especially as most of the people laughing are now dead

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: March 19, 2005 3:23 PM 

The last post reminded me of this. I don't know if it's true, but i heard that most (if not all) laugh tracks come from the old Red Skeleton show. He would do a lot of long, silent, physical humor skits that had constant laughter of different degrees and not interupted by dialogue.


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PostPosted: April 1, 2005 7:45 PM 

Was'nt there a live audience during the tapings. I thought I heard the audience laughing... maybe not could be both.

Anyway, the funniest I've seen is when they added a laugh track to the Flintstones... now I know that show did'nt have a live audience... lol

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: April 6, 2005 4:48 AM 

Laugh track are there because the shows are recorded before live audience. That means the actors play by the audience. If the audience laughs they'll wait and so on. If you take the laugh track away, it looks stupid 'cause there're moments where nothing happens.

So that's the main reason. Because that became standard fot tv-sitcoms, there are shows not recorded before live audience aith added laugh track. That's for the stupid people.

I agree that funny show is as funny with or without laugh track. For Example The Office (british sitcom) and CYE - both not recorded before live audience.

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: July 11, 2005 8:00 AM 

Without a laugh track you can do more subtle jokes, eg a funny sign in the background, without having to interrupt the flow of the show. Arrested Devolpment is a great example, in one ep u see buster hanging dangerously from a construction site in the background. Arrested Devolpment would be completly weird and most of the jokes ruined if it had a laugh track. Whereas a more convential sitcom, like seinfeld, benifits.


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PostPosted: October 22, 2010 12:55 PM 

One thing i noticed about later seasons laugh tracks is there's this one guy that has a distinct laugh/tone at the end. You can tell its always there. Like he's crying or something.

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