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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Cavender Is Coming", guest-starring Carol Burnett, featured a laugh track (as it was a pilot for a sitcom). The director was so offended by this that he refused to be in the studio when the laugh track man was present.

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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Cavender Is Coming", guest-starring Carol Burnett, ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'':
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** The PoorlyDisguisedPilot "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS3E101CavenderIsComing Cavender is Coming]]"
featured a laugh track (as it was a pilot for a sitcom). during its original showing and early syndication. The director Christian Nyby was so offended by this that he refused to be in the studio when the laugh track man was present.present. It was removed from the syndication prints in the mid 1980s.


* The Tines in Creator/VernorVinge's ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought The Children of the Sky]]'' can only communicate with humans by reproducing the sounds of human voices, since their native tongue is TheUnpronounceable. But since they can reproduce virtually any audible frequency (and many inaudible ones), they can speak in multiple voices simultaneously or even, Johanna notes, ''provide their own laugh track''.

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* The Tines in Creator/VernorVinge's ''[[Literature/ZonesOfThought The Children of the Sky]]'' ''Literature/TheChildrenOfTheSky'' can only communicate with humans by reproducing the sounds of human voices, since their native tongue is TheUnpronounceable. But since they can reproduce virtually any audible frequency (and many inaudible ones), they can speak in multiple voices simultaneously or even, Johanna notes, ''provide their own laugh track''.


Adams' syndicated column ''The Straight Dope'' also [[http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mlaughtrack.html covered the topic.]] ''Website/TheOnion'' is very fond of [[http://www.theonion.com/content/opinion/ha_ha_ha_i_can_t_believe_how mocking]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/31948 laugh]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/32398 tracks]] [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/35647 extensively.]]

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Adams' syndicated column ''The Straight Dope'' also [[http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mlaughtrack.html covered the topic.]] ''Website/TheOnion'' is very fond of [[http://www.[[https://entertainment.theonion.com/content/opinion/ha_ha_ha_i_can_t_believe_how com/ha-ha-ha-i-can-t-believe-how-funny-this-sitcom-is-1819584392 mocking]] [[http://www.[[https://entertainment.theonion.com/content/node/31948 com/fox-news-channel-adds-laugh-track-1819564943 laugh]] [[http://www.[[https://entertainment.theonion.com/content/node/32398 com/8-simple-rules-laugh-track-replaced-with-somber-string-1819567114 tracks]] [[http://www.[[https://entertainment.theonion.com/content/node/35647 com/cbs-laugh-track-threatens-walkout-1819586397 extensively.]]

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** Interestingly, one exception to the 'no laugh track in the OR' rule was in the episode "The Novocaine Mutiny", specifically, during Frank's flashback to the incident that caused him to charge Hawkeye with mutiny. It's actually a pretty handy tell that Frank is lying about what happened: note ''Hawkeye's'' flashback has no laugh track.

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* ''VideoGame/VersusUmbra'': Discussed. At one point, Adrian watches ''JustForFun/Buddies''. When Michael calls it one of the terrible shows with a laugh track, Michael responds that the laugh track is an awesome feature as it tells when the show is supposed to be funny.

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* ''VideoGame/DetectivePikachu'': While on the set of a ShowWithinAShow ''Maximum Music'', Tim notices that the show sounds like it has a rowdy audience but there isn't an audience.


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* Paying the Undodog 100 coins in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker2'' causes him to tell a bad Mario-themed joke (“Why is the Angry Sun so Angry? Somebody ate all of his desert!”) before playing a laugh-track.

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* A very deliberately fake-sounding one is used in the "Dickie and Dino" segment of ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' episode "Bomb" to mock the bad jokes told by Dino.


* ''Film/AnnieHall'' features a scene in which Alvie watches in disgust as his friend edits canned laughter a sitcom. At one point, he remarks "[[DeadpanSnarker Do you have any booing on there]]?"

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* ''Film/AnnieHall'' features a scene in which Alvie Alvy watches in disgust as his friend edits canned laughter a sitcom. At one point, he remarks "[[DeadpanSnarker Do you have Got any booing on there]]?"

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* ''Film/AnnieHall'' features a scene in which Alvie watches in disgust as his friend edits canned laughter a sitcom. At one point, he remarks "[[DeadpanSnarker Do you have any booing on there]]?"

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** Craig Charles and Chris Barrie only agreed to return for Series X if it was filmed in front of a studio audience. Unfortunately this took up so much of the budget that all location filming had to be cancelled. This had the knock-on effect of making the scripts for episodes 5 and 6 unusable as they relied heavily on locations they could no longer afford. The replacement script for episode 5, "Dear Dave", was cobbled together so fast they could only film half of it in front of the audience. The rest of the scenes were filmed in post-production and the finished episode aired for fans at a convention to complete the laugh track.

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* ''Series/AYearAtTheTop'' used one, judging by the promo.


* In the 1970s, the British pop music show ''Top of the Pops'' used a bizarrely fake-sounding applause track after each performance.

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* In the 1970s, the British pop music show ''Top of the Pops'' ''Series/TopOfThePops'' used a bizarrely fake-sounding applause track after each performance.


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* The Indian sitcom ''Series/DekhBhaiDekh'' often used a laugh track whenever a joke was made by any of the characters.


* Creator/RankinBass, following [[Creator/HannaBarbera Hanna-Barbera]]'s lead, also created a "bootleg" laugh track using samples from the Douglass library for two of their shows: ''[[WesternAnimation/TheJackson5ive The Jackson 5ive]]'' and ''The Osmonds''. The tracks were initially of poor quality, with loud laughter at every joke, sometimes in mid-sentence, but the sound engineers improved their craft by the time ''The Osmonds'' went on the air and were able to at least slightly surpass the Hanna-Barbera laugh track in quality.

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* Creator/RankinBass, following [[Creator/HannaBarbera Hanna-Barbera]]'s lead, also created a "bootleg" laugh track using samples from the Douglass library for two three of their shows: ''[[WesternAnimation/TheJackson5ive The Jackson 5ive]]'' and 5ive]]'', ''The Osmonds''. Osmonds'' and ''Kid Power''. The tracks were initially of poor quality, with loud laughter at every joke, sometimes in mid-sentence, but the sound engineers improved their craft by the time ''The Osmonds'' and ''Kid Power'' went on the air and were able to at least slightly surpass the Hanna-Barbera laugh track in quality.

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