They Spoil All of the Fun!

Yep, some old tv shows and cartoons (like Scooby Doo and The Flintstones) have a laugh-track. It is annoying, at best. Something will be funny and I will start to laugh, and some laugh-track would start. Then I stop in mid-laugh, because it seems like the track is there to indicated to the people at home, "laugh here now." And since I don't want that kind of direction, I do the opposite. =p

I have been spoiled by shows taped in front of an live audience! Those laughs are real and I can tell when it's real laughs or a fake track too. If you listen, a fake track is the same laughter over and over. I can hear the same woman yelp and laugh, the same loud guffaw of some man, and giggles of a group of teens. It sounds the same at every joke. :-/

But live audiences, it sounds normal and not automatic. Each crowd laugh is different. And I like those, because it's honest sounds of other people laughing at the same joke I am. No inserted track to tell me when to laugh. And so, I am free to laugh like normal, along with the audience of real people. :-)

OR, shows that don't have laughing audiences in it at all, are good too! I do prefer these the most! It's leaves room to laugh if I want, when I want, or to let jokes fly completely over my head and not notice. This is why I like The Office, My Name Is Earl, and 30 Rock. There is no laughter and it is really up to me. I have to be the one to find the joke. :-D

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1 Response Mar 25, 2009

i agree. the laugh track happening at a funny joke makes me stop laughing as well.