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7th Apr '18 8:58:28 PM nombretomado
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* Many of Music/RayStevens' comedy records featured laugh tracks, such as "The Streak" and "Shriners' Convention." This may be the most {{egregious}} use of laugh tracks ''ever''.

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* Many of Music/RayStevens' comedy records featured laugh tracks, such as "The Streak" and "Shriners' Convention." This may be the most {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} use of laugh tracks ''ever''.
10th Mar '18 12:36:17 PM Malady
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* Some Nick shows have no laugh track, such as ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', ''Series/BigTimeRush'' and ''The Troop'', which are somewhat unusual for the channel but are all [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by ''not'' being typical ThreeCameras KidCom shows ''and'' being shot extensively on location. It also helps than Zoey 101 is a dramedy and TheTroop is an action/adventure show. Subverted at least with ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' in which the laugh track was replaced with a set of specific "stand-in" sounds[[note]] (the show was filmed mostly on-location, and by the time it premiered, laugh tracks were on their way out)[[/note]], having one for a determinate situation.

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* Some Nick shows have no laugh track, such as ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'', ''Series/Zoey101'', ''Series/BigTimeRush'' and ''The Troop'', ''Series/TheTroop'', which are somewhat unusual for the channel but are all [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by ''not'' being typical ThreeCameras KidCom shows ''and'' being shot extensively on location. It also helps than Zoey 101 is a dramedy and TheTroop ''The Troop'' is an action/adventure show. Subverted at least with ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' in which the laugh track was replaced with a set of specific "stand-in" sounds[[note]] (the show was filmed mostly on-location, and by the time it premiered, laugh tracks were on their way out)[[/note]], having one for a determinate situation.
10th Feb '18 7:12:15 PM buckmana
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* Toys/LegoFriends: When appearing on a competitive baking show, the host produces a remote and keeps activating Canned Laughter or Applause sound effects. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when a reverse angle of the studio audience area reveals there isn't actually an audience. Cue the FunnyBackgroundEvent when Stephanie checks under a microwave to find out where the sound is coming from.
8th Feb '18 1:10:30 AM Nyansu
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* Another more recent series that averted this is ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also recorded before a live studio audience.

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* Another more recent series that averted averts this is ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also recorded before a live studio audience.
7th Feb '18 12:45:10 PM Nyansu
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* Another more recent series plagued by this is ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also recorded before a live studio audience.

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* Another more recent series plagued by that averted this is ''Series/TheITCrowd'', also recorded before a live studio audience.
3rd Feb '18 7:18:49 AM TheSaddleman
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* Used extensively for the infamous Canadian sitcom,''Series/TheTroubleWithTracy'', due to the fact its accelerated production schedule (''130'' episodes were recorded within the space of only about six months) made taping in front of a live audience physically impossible.



** Used extensively, however, for the infamous ''Series/TheTroubleWithTracy'', due to the fact its accelerated production schedule (''130'' episodes were recorded within the space of only about six months) made taping in front of a live audience physically impossible.
3rd Feb '18 7:16:57 AM TheSaddleman
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** This is especially strange given that the show was ''filmed in front of a live audience'' for the most part. An unusual hybrid of single-camera and multi-camera production, the entire episode would be performed in front of an audience, but some scenes would be performed with the actors simply reading from their scripts due to the sequences not being filmable with an audience present. Other scenes were reshot later without an audience in order to accommodate reverse camera angles. In lieu of a laugh track recorded audience laughter from the live performances was utilized.



** Serie/MatchGame used a laughter track in a bizarre way; during the opening of many episodes, while introducing the celebrity panelists, viewers could hear people giggling and laughing, even if there was nothing funny happening other than some TV star smiling at the camera. In reality the actual sound was likely audience applause (as they can be seen doing so when the camera pulls back to show audience members as the opening concludes). There is a possible rationale for this: some episodes of ''Match Game'' do not add in this sound, leading to a rather quiet, subdued opening.



* ''Series/PoliceSquad'' was one of the first sitcoms to have neither a laugh track nor a live studio audience.

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* ''Series/PoliceSquad'' was one of the first sitcoms to have had neither a laugh track nor a live studio audience.



* The Canadian sitcoms ''Series/CornerGas,'' ''Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie,'' ''Series/MadeInCanada'' and ''Series/RobsonArms'' avoid Laugh Tracks.

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* The Canadian sitcoms ''Series/CornerGas,'' ''Series/LittleMosqueOnThePrairie,'' ''Series/MadeInCanada'' and ''Series/RobsonArms'' avoid Laugh Tracks. (Except, as noted with the ''Corner Gas'' example elsewhere on this page, for comedic effect.)
** Used extensively, however, for the infamous ''Series/TheTroubleWithTracy'', due to the fact its accelerated production schedule (''130'' episodes were recorded within the space of only about six months) made taping in front of a live audience physically impossible.



** The exception is Series VII. It was not recorded in front of an audience at all, but was screened to an audience in post-production in order to provide a laugh track -- it mostly works, but there are a couple of conspicuous points where the actors pause for laughter and there is none. Three episodes from Series VII were available in extended versions without laugh tracks - on a VHS called Xtended (later also on the Series VII DVD) - but this did not get very good responses from fans. As a result, the makers abandoned their idea of not using laugh tracks in Series VIII.
** The ''Back to Earth'' special is filmed on location (or at the Shepperton soundstage), which has no laughter.

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** The exception is Series VII. It was not recorded in front of an audience at all, due to the fact so much of it was filmed on location and involved complex special effects, but it was screened to an audience in post-production in order to provide a laugh track -- it mostly works, but there are a couple of conspicuous points where the actors pause for laughter and there is none. Three episodes from Series VII were available in extended versions without laugh tracks - on a VHS called Xtended (later also on the Series VII DVD) - but this did not get very good responses from fans. As a result, the makers abandoned their idea of not using laugh tracks in Series VIII.
VIII (by returning to the format of recording episodes in front of a live audience).
** The ''Back to Earth'' special is mini-series that constituted Series IX, was totally filmed on location (or at the Shepperton soundstage), which and has no laughter.laughter track.
30th Jan '18 4:41:45 PM nombretomado
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** ''Malcolm in the Middle's'' ultimate legacy is that, along with the British sitcom ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', it's considered to be the TropeCodifier of the single camera, laugh track-free sitcom. Since ''Malcolm'' premiered, it's become popular for high-quality, single-camera sitcoms like ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{Community}}'', ''Series/PeepShow'', ''Series/TheInbetweeners'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'' (among others) to eschew laugh tracks entirely. Coincidentally (or rather not) these shows are usually some of the most acclaimed comedies on television, with laugh-addled comedies seen as lowbrow. Naturally, some (specially people related with the laugh track) have often complained that the stuffiness of modern comedies (specially regarding the British-influenced "{{Mockumentary}}" format) has made them devoid of any climax, even if their criticism is dissed as MisplacedNationalism).

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** ''Malcolm in the Middle's'' ultimate legacy is that, along with the British sitcom ''Series/{{Spaced}}'', it's considered to be the TropeCodifier of the single camera, laugh track-free sitcom. Since ''Malcolm'' premiered, it's become popular for high-quality, single-camera sitcoms like ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'', ''Series/TheOfficeUS'', ''Series/ThirtyRock'', ''Series/{{Community}}'', ''Series/PeepShow'', ''Series/TheInbetweeners'', ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' and ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'' (among others) to eschew laugh tracks entirely. Coincidentally (or rather not) these shows are usually some of the most acclaimed comedies on television, with laugh-addled comedies seen as lowbrow. Naturally, some (specially people related with the laugh track) have often complained that the stuffiness of modern comedies (specially regarding the British-influenced "{{Mockumentary}}" format) has made them devoid of any climax, even if their criticism is dissed as MisplacedNationalism).UsefulNotes/MisplacedNationalism).
6th Dec '17 4:52:19 PM nombretomado
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** Towards the end of ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', creator DanSchneider had begun to insert a laugh track in every line, regardless of there being any joke involved.

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** Towards the end of ''Series/{{Victorious}}'', creator DanSchneider Creator/DanSchneider had begun to insert a laugh track in every line, regardless of there being any joke involved.
26th Nov '17 3:52:27 PM MasterN
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While laugh tracks and other uses of recorded laughter are usually [[PetPeeveTrope reviled by most people]][[note]]the only thing more annoying being the canned cheering that accompanies every CelebrityGuestStar, no matter how obscure[[/note]], they can have one interesting benefit in terms of pacing a show. Similar to theater, when the audience laughs, the actors will often pause for the joke to "land" and for the audience to calm back down before continuing. This pause is beneficial in some cases because it prevents dialogue or important details from being missed if the audience is still laughing.


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While laugh tracks and other uses of recorded laughter are usually [[PetPeeveTrope reviled by most people]][[note]]the only thing more annoying being the canned cheering that accompanies every CelebrityGuestStar, SpecialGuest, no matter how obscure[[/note]], they can have one interesting benefit in terms of pacing a show. Similar to theater, when the audience laughs, the actors will often pause for the joke to "land" and for the audience to calm back down before continuing. This pause is beneficial in some cases because it prevents dialogue or important details from being missed if the audience is still laughing.

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