How Do Laugh Tracks Work?
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How Do Laugh Tracks Work?

January 18, 2020


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  • Reply Dave de Neui July 5, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    There were several single-camera shows in the 1950’s and 60’s that were edited together and then played in a movie theater for an audience to record their laughter — which was then added to the television broadcast. I find those laugh tracks much superior to the Laff Box. One show that did this was “Car 54 Where Are You?” but there were several others.

  • Reply TOUGH MAN RANDY SAVAGE July 9, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    Who knows the HOOO HOO HOOO!!! I have heard that guy a million times.

  • Reply Denizen July 12, 2018 at 7:05 am

    Lmao did you know a lot of people in the laugh tracks are dead?

  • Reply Alan Roberts July 17, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    Who laughs at a laugh track. That shit sets up my sales resistance and only morons (like your live audiance at the end) could possibly think its funny because someone laughs at it. The opposite can be true.I never laugh harder than when my laughter make someone angry. Supressed laughter is the best.

  • Reply Marquis De Lafayette July 22, 2018 at 11:23 am

    One reason why I hate watching full house “hahahahhahahahaha” all the goddamn time

  • Reply CineRaphael July 27, 2018 at 12:19 am

    Mr Bean have the best laugh track

  • Reply William Smith July 29, 2018 at 8:12 am

    Trump is butt

    Twitter: Hhaha-reeeee-ha Whoahhh. Yaaayyy boooo

  • Reply Minene Uryuu922 I PC Masterrace I July 29, 2018 at 11:59 am

    laugh tracks are just dumb
    think about it , if you put it over something thats not funny it just becomes weird

    like put a laugh track over something like the another umbrealla death same results like when putting it over any unfunny scene

  • Reply Kirk Meyers July 31, 2018 at 10:14 pm

    Arrested Development

  • Reply Adam Metropolis August 3, 2018 at 2:18 pm

    Excellent video. I abhor laugh tracks, especially in standup specials. Here's a video of me totally failing at Flappers, getting almost no laughs. I edited it with a laugh track and reaction shots, and it looks like I'm hilarious. Sooo manipulative: https://youtu.be/QNO9d9jG-8k

  • Reply One3rdNinja August 7, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Great video guys, although bad example using Big Bang Theory, as that’s never once been funny in it’s entire run.

  • Reply Person Oisels August 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Personally I fully believe that laugh tracks work on a social level primarily, not that you feel obligated to laugh (although that's a part of it) but that it tweaks your perception of a situation because everyone else is laughing so the situation must be funny, right?

    I believe it's social because I have Atypical Autism and social pressures have always been relatively ineffective on me and I tend to see things how they logically are. Laugh tracks also don't impact my perception of a show and whether it's funny, they just make me roll my eyes every time they come on in a distinctly unfunny moment. I generally have the same perception of shows when their laugh tracks are removed or not, some more positive than others, whereas I see proponents of unfunny shows trying to scramble to defend why it's not funny without the laugh track. Of course, there are plenty of people, normies even, who can get past the laugh track so I have to doubt it's a hardwired neurological response. Many people don't like particular shows that have laugh tracks and will tell you they're not funny, not just me.

    TBBT can actually be funnier without the laugh track because the characters wait for everyone to laugh and they don't, which is the same reaction I've always had and it becomes mildly amusing because of how cringy what they're saying is and the expectation of a laugh that never comes. Not funny in a watchable way mind you.

  • Reply JackM Vlogs August 9, 2018 at 3:49 pm

    THE BIG BANG THEORY

  • Reply Evan Snow August 13, 2018 at 4:36 am

    Shows that actually funny don't use laugh tracks. 30 Rock, The Office, Family Guy. They're funny so they don't need to fool the audience.

  • Reply Brandon Denniston August 18, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    In an episode of friends and tbbt id laugh around 7 or 8 times. Not 57

  • Reply Jeremy Kujur August 19, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    The Office is thus the best sitcom ever followed by community . But 2 and a half men is funny either way …

  • Reply Raul Olivas August 26, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    It’s hard to respect any show with a laugh track..

  • Reply Chuck Kostrzewa August 30, 2018 at 10:25 am

    MOST COMEDY ACTS ARE NOT FUNNY,LAUGH TRACKS INSULT YOUR INTELLIGENCE, AND PEOPLE DON'T GET IT…..

  • Reply Alkeryn September 2, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    If you put laugh track, you a are doing bad comedy
    unless if you put them in order to critisize them / break third wall

  • Reply Tharindu Rajakaruna September 5, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Funny thing, watched many sitcoms but Bing bang was why I came here xD Damn now it's not funny 🙁

  • Reply Alan Roberts September 9, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Mental hospitals are full of and physchiatrists and phsycologists offices are full of people with. Low self esteem or self image. Its no wonder with the constant insultncoming from that idiot box. The message is this "you are so lazy and stupid that you nee d the help of this laugh track to tell you when and how to laugh. N

  • Reply Alan Roberts September 9, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    So charlie douglas invented this crap. Is he alive and well ??? Where does he live? Exactly?

  • Reply awais ahmed September 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    Friends and fresh prince of bel air are like the 2 best sitcoms everything else is trash

  • Reply Jegny Holwijn September 19, 2018 at 1:50 am

    Drives me nuts when my wife watches "My wife and kids"😡
    That laugh track is annoying.

  • Reply Samuel Gallezzo September 20, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Never liked them.

  • Reply TVonthePorch September 20, 2018 at 9:41 am

    There was a problem in editing apparently, as the part about how laugh tracks work got left out.

  • Reply Elliot Harrington September 26, 2018 at 3:36 am

    Curb your Enthusiasm, Malcom in the middle, my name is earl. No laugh tracks, great shows.

  • Reply DJosephWells September 26, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Use a live audience or dont bother at all. And if the audience dont laugh it means its not funny. Simply axe the "Comedy"

  • Reply Restart September 27, 2018 at 1:36 am

    Most laugh tracks were recorded in the 50’s

    Your hearing dead people laugh

  • Reply Juicy Saucer October 2, 2018 at 2:45 am

    That’s why the office is such a good show

  • Reply bootsamou October 2, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Answer : They don't work !!

  • Reply Shhh October 7, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    Can people go do something alteady? We get it, the tracks are annoying and overused but whining about shit you can't fix won't change anything. I'm tired of hearing people complain like if you don't like the show because of that, move on and watch something else, don't sit and tell everyone how annoying and bad it is because we know already.

  • Reply tina October 18, 2018 at 1:10 am

    Is the laugh track on friends real?

  • Reply Fucked Gplus October 19, 2018 at 11:22 pm

    i have cancer, doctor says i have 5 months to go … "" laughing track applause""

  • Reply Pritiranjan Pusti November 9, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    They should be used again

  • Reply k asdfg November 22, 2018 at 3:05 am

    I can't wait till they do one on stupid, mindless, repetitive "music" in the background to keep sheeple interested in the dialogue.

  • Reply robertsez November 24, 2018 at 3:56 am

    Lauren has bangs!

  • Reply Mateo Ceballos Querol November 24, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    how can they laugh so hard?

  • Reply iHX December 22, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    every time i hear a laugh track the joke automaticaly gets unfunny for me even if it was funny before

  • Reply Rob's Relics December 26, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    How do you know who uses a laugh track or a live audience.

  • Reply Marcus Morales December 28, 2018 at 5:49 am

    This was recommended after I saw the big band theory without the laugh track
    Which absolutely sucked

  • Reply Andrie Alinsangao December 29, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Thank God Brooklyn Nine-Nine didn't use a laugh track!

  • Reply Cherryblossoms January 5, 2019 at 4:16 am

    We all know that laugh tracks were a huge mistake.

  • Reply Paul Grant January 13, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Many producers get the idea that if there's laughter in the background, then you'll laugh too. After a while it gets annoying

  • Reply Talles Rodrigues January 25, 2019 at 1:18 am

    i don't know why, but why are real life background laughs so funny and contagious ?

  • Reply full house edits February 12, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Only me who likes the laugh tracks?

  • Reply name less February 13, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    I hate laugh tracks.

  • Reply DULLEX_421 February 17, 2019 at 3:45 am

    I can’t even enjoy the shows when I hear some cringy laughs when something is not funny

  • Reply Da Wolf February 22, 2019 at 4:26 am

    But why is it so annoying!?!? God they keep laughing and laughing after each damn sentence

  • Reply Vivek Warrier February 26, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Laugh tracks are an insult to the intelligence. I don't want to be told what I should be laughing at. I've laughed at many a times at genuinely funny (and sans the laugh track) videos – it probably isn't impossible to get people to laugh without prodding them into it.

  • Reply Travis Dev March 1, 2019 at 5:08 am

    Laugh tracks are used to make you think something is funny when it is actually shit.

  • Reply buddyroach March 5, 2019 at 8:10 am

    that chick is bangable

  • Reply tryhard 007 March 16, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Why did this video feel so long

  • Reply SteveMHN March 24, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Big bang theory

  • Reply We're Our Souls April 17, 2019 at 11:04 pm

    Laughter is the best medicine. There's worse things in the world.

  • Reply Ary April 18, 2019 at 9:48 am

    2:15 I still laughed……

  • Reply luckyboss072 April 27, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    So we are listening to dead peoples laughs

  • Reply lone wolf May 1, 2019 at 12:02 am

    Its just one of the easiest brain washing.

  • Reply Marv May 2, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    If you have good writers you don't need laff track

  • Reply Ivan Ivan May 13, 2019 at 5:38 pm

    Mark Dice videos

  • Reply Stu Wright May 16, 2019 at 11:25 am

    they work by annoying the fuck out of intelligent people

  • Reply Ethan K May 26, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    Chick on the right so serious

  • Reply Brandon C May 29, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    You don't have to hate it, but i do have to hate you

  • Reply Ed Mikos June 18, 2019 at 5:06 am

    Of course the two examples are from The Big Bang Theory because that is the worst show of all time, except for maybe Two and a Half Men which, by the way, is also one of Chuck Lorre's many celebrated TV abortions.

  • Reply Natasha Paige Cortez June 25, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Laugh tracks are like the Jedi Mind Trick. They only work on the weak minded.

  • Reply Ekata Rawat July 6, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Laugh tracks make me think of my friends who supposedly laugh at anything🤣. Often I don't get them.😅

  • Reply Raecheal Quillar July 16, 2019 at 12:18 am

    Without laugh tracks there would just be alot of uncomfortable silence in the sitcom I believe… unless there is just alot of music to break up all the silence between actors talking after jokes or tense moments I'm binge watching that 70s show right now and I cant imagine it without the laugh tracks also … sometimes due to fatigue from constant watching a gasp or a laugh might make me realize that something almost went over my head because I wasn't paying attention… lastly I know the audience isn't real but it makes me feel like I'm part of the crowd and we laugh at the same time it kinda adds to my experience

  • Reply Gabby Kroener July 18, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Wow, I’m literally watching The Big Bang Theory right now and searched this up because there’s literally a laugh track after every sentence.

  • Reply oneysbaloneys stank July 24, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Laugh tracks don't make me laugh tbh, mostly because many of them use too many fucking laughing

  • Reply Click to Confirm August 12, 2019 at 11:38 am

    Married with Children, one big example.

  • Reply Alexandre Phaneuf élève August 16, 2019 at 2:15 am

    I love the Laff track!

  • Reply Anna Wuertley August 19, 2019 at 1:19 am

    Laugh tracks are there to lighten the mood. Yes, they can be annoying and over played, but it’s just awkward without them. The office, for example. Now that show is funny mostly because of its awkwardness, so it works. But not all shows can do that.

  • Reply julien August 25, 2019 at 6:23 am

    im French and never in my life in a french show we've got the fucking fake laughing .. wtf .. i really can't watch any american or english (england) show cause of it, it's fuckign awful

    the only reason it exists is cause when a human hears another human laugh he start laughing too, it's like if they are telling you to laugh every 30 seconds

    and this problem doesn't only exist as Fake Laughs, there is also the fake "YEEAAAAH", the Fake Claps and cheering .. it's fucking awful, fuck this

  • Reply Mk3 August 31, 2019 at 12:50 am

    Nah, that’s just manipulation for making people react to what they want when they want it. It’s annoying.

  • Reply jon kristoffersson September 5, 2019 at 5:11 am

    if the audience doesn't laugh at your joke, then your joke sucks!

  • Reply popothebright September 7, 2019 at 10:01 am

    They are 100% effective. Even people who subsequently complain about them, react to them positively and think they make shows funnier.

  • Reply Wizardtroll Games September 12, 2019 at 11:48 pm

    Is she single? <laugh track>

  • Reply Reece Yee September 27, 2019 at 7:48 am

    My dad has cancer

    Extremely loud laugh track followed by a sad sound effect follow by a yelling with a applause

  • Reply Tyler Mustard loooser September 30, 2019 at 3:13 am

    TL;DR sound clip of people laughing played

  • Reply Alperen 0485 September 30, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Try to watch The Big bang theory without, it so shitty

  • Reply Kuripot Si Talim October 9, 2019 at 9:54 am

    if the author Darkwings13 had the rights to make her fanfic 'Calibur World' as a sitcom without the laugh tracks, it would get be funny

  • Reply John Paul Herrera October 13, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Unfunny joke

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  • Reply Daniel Hughes October 28, 2019 at 11:15 pm

    Apparently they are dead people who they recorded their laughs

  • Reply incargeek November 5, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Akward gesticulation..

  • Reply Gronmaster November 15, 2019 at 5:17 am

    Laugh tracks are painful!

    Your vlogs, are not:

  • Reply OZCONUK November 15, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    what about only fools and horses? red dwarf? men behaving badly? all have laugh tracks.. watching them without is not enjoyable and they seem like completely different shows. laugh tracks can be used to encourage an emotion that is already there. that being said, a laugh track has to be used correctly or it will fail. its a completely different type of art that is used to make a different genre of entertainment. like painting in oils or chalk. I like laughter when its used correctly.

  • Reply SpringJam 05 November 17, 2019 at 6:33 am

    Fuck you you ruined sitcoms for me

  • Reply Dark Claw November 18, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Sitcoms are pointless without live audience

  • Reply rockys201 November 28, 2019 at 7:18 am

    American sitcoms generally aren't very funny, so the laugh tracks are obvious. UK sitcoms are usually much funnier

  • Reply Random Gaming November 30, 2019 at 5:33 am

    And all this time i thought they recorded live reactions…
    MY LIFE IS A LIE!

  • Reply petrixhore December 8, 2019 at 9:59 pm

    iCarly did it somewhat well.

  • Reply Shijo Wilson December 9, 2019 at 8:39 am

    The big bang theory is the shittiest sitcom in the history of the universe.

  • Reply John homes December 12, 2019 at 3:07 am

    Good video guys I like to laugh because it was a funny thing that happened in the show or a good joke but since most sitcoms don't have any of the above the fake laughter is the only one you here I laughed because I want to not because I'm prompted

  • Reply Andrew Clemo December 18, 2019 at 5:45 am

    That was really interesting

  • Reply Maria Luna Celeste December 20, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    I hate laugh tracks.

  • Reply Dustin Wyatt December 21, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    I can’t even watch Friends anymore. It’s more laugh track than dialogue. Horrible.

  • Reply Sneecy Boi December 22, 2019 at 4:26 am

    Simple Answer: They Don't

  • Reply Kaj Dalfall December 30, 2019 at 8:26 am

    I hate the laugh tracks. They annoy me. If a shown isn't funny it isn't..

  • Reply C December 30, 2019 at 9:33 pm

    i’ve been in the audiences. None of the laughter is real. Every single audience is forced to laugh etc

  • Reply Baatile Kgosiemang January 8, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Modern Family doesn’t need this, and it always leaves me in stitches…

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