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PostPosted: September 16, 2004 9:43 PM 

Obviously, when a scene in "on location", like ouside on the street or in the stands of a tennis match, they have no choice but to use a laugh track. But I'm wondering if anyone knows how much of the laughing we hear when in it's in the studio (Jerry's appartment, Monk's) is live, and how much they overdub. Or is is all live audience? What do you think?

Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 12:41 AM 

I've always wondered about the laugh track. Like there are some parts when you find out it's funny as the camera scrolls(the showing of the homeless guy wearing the puffy shirt, and showing jack klompus and the cadillac in the swamp, to name a couple) But the audience would have surely seen these parts, but only starts to laugh as the viewer see the parts on tv after the camera has scrolled over.
The other thing I wondered about is when there are outtakes, and they have to reshoot the scene. Well the audience would have heard the joke already and probably laughed at it the first time...kind of wierd how they would laugh as much as they do the tenth time they see the same scene in a row.

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: September 17, 2004 12:49 AM 

I agree, and you bring up a good point...When Tony fell off the mountain and broke his face, he's sitting on the couch in Elaine's living room (I think). But we don't see him right away. When the camera scrolls over to him and we finally see him all bandaged up, it's only then that the audience laughs, as if they don't see him until the camera gets there. So, I'm wondering if they had to keep the audience quiet until that moment, or if he's not lit up until then (I doubt this or else we'd notice a lighting change). There has to be someone here that was in a studio audience for a sit com sometime.

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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 7:16 PM 

There seems to be a few dinstictive laughs in Seinfeld's luagh tracks (and I've notticed this in other shows too). SO, now I don't whether the same guy is in the studio audience for alot of the shows, or if they use the same recorded laugh track alot.
Still haven't figured out if the scenes in Jerry's apartment are all live laughing, or if they mix it in with pre-recorded laughs.

Hipster Dufus

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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 7:39 PM 

A problem with some live television is the chance that the audience might laugh louder than the performer is speaking. From what I've noticed, this happens a lot during stand up. While watching Seinfeld I rarely see this occur.

Imagine having that guys job. You get paid to laugh and watch sitcoms being filmed.

Bad Breaker Upper

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PostPosted: September 18, 2004 7:44 PM 

I don't think you ever have to worry about that happening in a sit com...they have overhead mics on stage, they have room mics for the audience, they do sound checks, they have soundmen....they can re-mix the audio in post production. It's not live on TV.

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PostPosted: September 20, 2004 2:48 PM 

about the scenes which don't take place in the studio - perhaps they record them before the show & air them to the live audience?


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PostPosted: September 20, 2004 3:22 PM 

That's what I always thought they did (not just Seinfeld).


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PostPosted: September 30, 2009 11:39 PM 

I agree and is the reason why I am posting here. There is one guy in particular who laughs mostly at Seinfeld. His laugh alone makes you want to laugh and is in just about every episode. When searchin, I caled him the designated laugher..


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PostPosted: September 30, 2009 11:42 PM 

I agree and is the reason why I am posting here. There is one guy in particular who laughs mostly at Seinfeld. His laugh alone makes you want to laugh and is in just about every episode. When searchin, I caled him the designated laugher..

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Bob Sakamano

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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 12:50 AM 

I've been wondering about this too, and for other sitcoms, not just this one. I know that it was a live audience, not a laugh track, and that for outdoors scenes they played them to the audience and recorded their laughter.

But what about an indoor scene where there's a camera scroll/pan/movement that we see but the audience obviously doesn't, but the audience still laughs at that point anyway? Like say a camera pans over to a funny character, then we laugh, but the audience already sees the character from the beginning of the scene, so why would they wait to laugh along with the camera moving over to the character? I'm thinking they play these specific indoor scenes to the audience and record their laughter, like they do with outdoors scenes.


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 10:18 AM 

Rolling Eyes Duhhh...


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 1:17 PM 

At least he and that other guy are staying on topic you little cuntsicle. All YOU bloody do is post the same 10 quotes over and over fucking again, you worthless piece of shit. You're about as fucking useful as a poopy-flavored lollipop.



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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 1:54 PM 

Hey, I got a rubber pencil thing happenin' here...


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 2:25 PM 

And if you keep it up like this, you're gonna have a fucking broken neck thing happening here!!!


mike hunt

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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 3:05 PM 

How is he staying on topic when all he is doing is restating what has already been said in the first few replies?


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 10:09 PM 

Yes, Mike... hence the "Duhhh..." remark.

Fragile Nigel likes his comments stupid.


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 10:31 PM 

So now awm not Chote anymore, I'm this other jerk Frankie? Is that so?

Oi cuntface, ye wanna go fer round 2? Awm gonna rip yer head awf an' shit down yer neck! I've taken ovah this bloody forum and now you dont like it. HAHAHAA YE FUCKIN' TIT, YER A FUCKIN' MORON IF YA THINK THERE'S ANYTHING YE CAN DO ABOUT IT fuckin' faggot!.


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PostPosted: October 1, 2009 11:00 PM 

Ehh... Nigel/Chote/Frankie/Dice... I mean, who has the energy anymore?

Son of Dad

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PostPosted: October 2, 2009 7:04 AM 

This is the spot where someone explains to me why it's important whether or not it's a live audience or a laugh track. Ready...Go.

Magnificent Bastard

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PostPosted: October 2, 2009 8:36 AM 

Laughter... what is that? I mean, what is the point of opening your mouth and going "Ha!"? What is that? "Ha!"

I'm sick of laughing. You've got to laugh at everything. I'm getting out.

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