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19th Jul '17 6:14:27 AM babydogpaste
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** Another episode had Mr. Burns taking over all the tv stations and putting on his own stupid shows to blackmail Homer. Every single line had canned laughter after it, even though nobody was telling any jokes.

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** Another episode had Mr. Burns taking over all the tv TV stations and putting on his own stupid shows to blackmail Homer. Every single line had canned laughter after it, even though nobody was telling any jokes.



* 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 in 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/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 in on their way out)[[/note]], having one for a determinate situation.



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' doesn't use a laughtrack either.

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' doesn't use a laughtrack laugh track either.



** Most of the sitcoms in the [[SharedUniverse All in the Family Universe]] such as ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were also taped in front of a live audience.

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** *** Most of the sitcoms in the [[SharedUniverse All in the Family Universe]] such as ''Series/{{Maude}}'', ''Series/GoodTimes'', and ''Series/TheJeffersons'' were also taped in front of a live audience.
19th Jul '17 5:57:44 AM babydogpaste
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* One scene in ''Film/AnnieHall'' has Alvy go and visit his friend in Hollywood, who's in the process of editing an episode of a sitcom and going through various types of canned laughs. Alvy makes his disgust with this extremely vocal and, at one point, asks if they have any booing.

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* One scene in ''Film/AnnieHall'' has Alvy go and visit his friend in Hollywood, who's in the process of editing an episode of a sitcom and going through various types of canned laughs. Alvy makes his disgust with this extremely vocal and, at one point, asks if they have any booing.



* In the 1980s, there was a situation comedy series written and produced by Creator/MelBrooks (yes, ''that'' Mel Brooks) called ''The Nutt House''. ExecutiveMeddling resulted in laugh tracks, because the executives felt that ViewersAreMorons. The result was loud, jarring, clumsily dubbed-in laughtracks that often drowned out the punchlines.

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* In the 1980s, there was a situation comedy series written and produced by Creator/MelBrooks (yes, ''that'' Mel Brooks) called ''The Nutt House''. ExecutiveMeddling resulted in laugh tracks, because the executives felt that ViewersAreMorons. The result was loud, jarring, clumsily dubbed-in laughtracks laugh tracks that often drowned out the punchlines.



* ''Series/LittleBritain''.

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* ''Series/LittleBritain''. That is all.



* 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.
* ''Series/TrueJackson'' begins each episode with a narration by Keke Palmer telling us that the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience, but if you listen closely, you can still hear the same stock laughs heard in the rest of the Nickelodeon/Disney Channel {{Kid Com}}s. Filmed before a studio audience it may be, but laugh tracks still came into play ''some''where.
* Similar to the ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' example below, the laugh track in their ''Brian O'Brian'' shorts actually make them ''less'' funny; it's a pretty poor fit for the shorts' style.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' uses this very often.
* Creator/DisneyChannel show ''Series/ANTFarm'', ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', ''Series/ShakeItUp'', and ''Series/AustinAndAlly'', to name a few, make a good effort to use the laugh track button.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** The laughter in the standup scenes sounds rather jarringly fake compared to the audience response in the rest of the show, presumably because they got a handful of actors in to play the standup patrons. Could also be that it was the "warm-up" to the show, shown before the start.

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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.
*** ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' also uses this very often.
* ''Series/TrueJackson'' begins each episode with a narration by Keke Palmer telling us that the show was filmed in front of a live studio audience, but if you listen closely, you can still hear the same stock laughs heard in the rest of the Nickelodeon/Disney Channel average {{Kid Com}}s.Com}}. Filmed before a studio audience it may be, but laugh tracks still came into play ''some''where.
* Similar to the ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' example below, the laugh track in their ''Brian O'Brian'' shorts actually make them ''less'' funny; it's a pretty poor fit for the shorts' style.
* ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'' uses this very often.
* Creator/DisneyChannel show shows ''Series/ANTFarm'', ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', ''Series/ShakeItUp'', and ''Series/AustinAndAlly'', to name a few, make a good effort to use the laugh track button.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** Similar to the ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' example below, the laugh track in their ''Brian O'Brian'' shorts actually make them ''less'' funny; it's a pretty poor fit for the shorts' style.
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The laughter in the standup scenes sounds on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' sound rather jarringly fake compared to the audience response in the rest of the show, presumably because they got a handful of actors in to play the standup patrons. Could also be that it was the "warm-up" to the show, shown before the start.



* Infamously (at least in Canada), the Canadian sketch comedy show ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' didn't have a Laugh Track... until it was imported into the United States.

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* Infamously (at least in Canada), the Canadian sketch comedy show ''Series/TheRedGreenShow'' didn't have a Laugh Track... one... until it was imported into to the United States.
1st Jul '17 1:37:39 PM AHI-3000
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-->-- '''Granddad''', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''

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-->-- '''Granddad''', -->--'''Robert Freeman''', ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''
17th Jun '17 11:13:54 PM Tacitus
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[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Ultra'', an unlockable blooper reel features a laugh track. Being the ''Kirby'' series, all of the laughter is unintelligible squeaks.
* Parodied in on of the chapters of ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage'', where the antagonist visits a typical sitcom house where every spoken line is followed by one of three very recognizable laugh tracks, to the point of any conversation being very long, tedious and frustrating.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia III: Malcolm's Revenge'' has what is presumably a parody of this: laughter will often occur after Malcolm's comments, regardless of whether they are intended to be funny. Thankfully, it can be disabled in the options menu.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* ''Calamities of Nature'' asks the question, [[http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=412 why do sitcoms still use laugh tracks?]]
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': The grandmother of Tony and Olivia uses a tape recorder to turn her family life into a sitcom.




[[AC:VideoGames]]
* In ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar Ultra'', an unlockable blooper reel features a laugh track. Being the ''Kirby'' series, all of the laughter is unintelligible squeaks.
* Parodied in on of the chapters of ''VideoGame/TorinsPassage'', where the antagonist visits a typical sitcom house where every spoken line is followed by one of three very recognizable laugh tracks, to the point of any conversation being very long, tedious and frustrating.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia III: Malcolm's Revenge'' has what is presumably a parody of this: laughter will often occur after Malcolm's comments, regardless of whether they are intended to be funny. Thankfully, it can be disabled in the options menu.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* ''Calamities of Nature'' asks the question, [[http://www.calamitiesofnature.com/archive/?c=412 why do sitcoms still use laugh tracks?]]
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'': The grandmother of Tony and Olivia uses a tape recorder to turn her family life into a sitcom.

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* In ''WebVideo/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', [[MonsterClown Cegorach]]'s appearance in Episode 25 is accompanied by a distorted, unnerving laugh track that comes close to hysterical screaming, and plays over the opening theme.
11th Jun '17 8:45:20 AM NWolfman
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* The unnecessary laugh track in ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' ([[NetworkDecay a live action show on]] Creator/CartoonNetwork) manages to make the show ''less'' funny. It sounds especially phony, and is an awkward fit for the show's absurdist and cartoony sense of humor. Plus it's a one-camera show.
** The Italian dub edited them out.

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* The unnecessary last few episodes of ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'', a one-camera RogerRabbitEffect series on Creator/CartoonNetwork, had a hastily added-in laugh track in ''Series/OutOfJimmysHead'' ([[NetworkDecay a live action show on]] Creator/CartoonNetwork) manages last ditch effort to make the show appealing. Ironically, the consensus was that it made the show ''less'' funny. It sounds especially phony, and is an awkward fit for funny, as the show's absurdist and cartoony sense of humor. Plus it's a one-camera show.
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humor made canned laughter an awkward fit (they were completely removed from the Italian dub edited them out.dub).



* Two Garry Marshall-produced sitcoms (''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' and ''Series/HappyDays'') had laugh tracks in their inaugural seasons, before shifting to a live StudioAudience.

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* Two Garry Marshall-produced sitcoms (''Theatre/TheOddCouple'' and ''Series/HappyDays'') had laugh tracks in their inaugural seasons, before shifting to a live StudioAudience.StudioAudience, with the canned laughter occasionally used for "sweetening."
11th Jun '17 8:35:55 AM NWolfman
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* One scene in ''Film/AnnieHall'' has Alvy go and visit his friend in Hollywood, who's in the process of editing an episode of a sitcom and going through various types of canned laughs. Alvy makes his disgust with this extremely vocal and, at one point, asks if they have any booing.
20th May '17 7:51:02 AM CerotechOmega
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* ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged'' has one play whenever Genbu says [[Creator/LarryTheCableGuy "Git-er-done"]].
6th Mar '17 6:22:13 AM Stanislav_J
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** The show's studio audience by the latter half of the run was actually filled with hardcore fans of the show that were excited to be there (versus the "Hey you're visiting Hollywood, come in and watch a TV show being filmed!" that many shows did) and maybe at times were a little...overboisterous (the many moments where its obviously breaking the flow of the characters waiting abnormally long times to speak or continue a conversation because the crowd's going crazy)[[note]]In one of David Garrison's return guest shots, the applause at his entrance goes on for so long that he actually breaks character for a moment, comically looking at his watch.[[/note]] , but they crew and actors were always extremely offended at the notion. They didn't NEED sweeteners/canned laughter.

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** The show's studio audience by the latter half of the run was actually filled with hardcore fans of the show that were excited to be there (versus the "Hey you're visiting Hollywood, come in and watch a TV show being filmed!" that many shows did) and maybe at times were a little...overboisterous (the many moments where its obviously breaking the flow of the characters waiting abnormally long times to speak or continue a conversation because the crowd's going crazy)[[note]]In crazy),[[note]]In one of David Garrison's return guest shots, the applause at his entrance goes on for so long that he actually breaks character for a moment, comically looking at his watch.[[/note]] , but they the crew and actors were always extremely offended at the notion. They didn't NEED sweeteners/canned laughter.
6th Mar '17 6:19:56 AM Stanislav_J
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** Additionally, the frequent scenes in which charcters are climbing the stairs to Sheldon and Leonard's apartment are filmed in piecemeal fashion (each floor being a redress of the same set) and impossible to pull off with a live audience.
6th Mar '17 6:13:49 AM Stanislav_J
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** The show's studio audience by the latter half of the run was actually filled with hardcore fans of the show that were excited to be there (versus the "Hey you're visiting Hollywood, come in and watch a TV show being filmed!" that many shows did) and maybe at times were a little...overboisterous (the many moments where its obviously breaking the flow of the characters waiting abnormally long times to speak or continue a conversation because the crowd's going crazy), but they crew and actors were always extremely offended at the notion. They didn't NEED sweeteners/canned laughter.

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** The show's studio audience by the latter half of the run was actually filled with hardcore fans of the show that were excited to be there (versus the "Hey you're visiting Hollywood, come in and watch a TV show being filmed!" that many shows did) and maybe at times were a little...overboisterous (the many moments where its obviously breaking the flow of the characters waiting abnormally long times to speak or continue a conversation because the crowd's going crazy), crazy)[[note]]In one of David Garrison's return guest shots, the applause at his entrance goes on for so long that he actually breaks character for a moment, comically looking at his watch.[[/note]] , but they crew and actors were always extremely offended at the notion. They didn't NEED sweeteners/canned laughter.
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