… live television audiences?
A television show of great friction around here is The Big Bang Theory. I’m not a fan but I’m not the only one in the family viewing audience. The show drives me crazy on two levels.
- I find much of the “humour” not funny at all but it doesn’t matter for television production because a laugh track is played to help you understand what the producers think are the funny points
- Not all people who enjoy science, mathematics, computers, technology are geeky or nerdy as portrayed in the show
I’m not alone – read this. (Warning – language)
Of course, this isn’t the only show that has or had used a laugh track. How does it work?
I think of some of the great comedies.
- All in the Family
- Saturday Night Live
- I Love Lucy
- you can pick your own, I’ll bet.
They always closed with the message “XXXXX was filmed before a live audience”.
For a Sunday, your thoughts…
- What’s your favourite comedy show? Does it use a laugh track or is it live?
- Does a live performance require better acting and writing on the part of the actors and writers knowing that they have to generate the laughter based on its merits?
- Do you feel manipulated by a television show that uses a laugh track letting you know what you think should be funny?
- Regardless of how the show was produced, have you ever laughed out loud while watching a comedy?
- Can nerdy, geeky characters in a show actually be funny without it being condescending?
As always, I’d like to hear your thoughts via the comment below.
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