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The laugh track

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    timize

    [1]Jan 17, 2006
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    Don't you just hate how loud and unnecessary laugh track makes the show look and sound like it's idiotic? I mean, Crumbs is a really great show, but the laugh track is way too much. I don't need a cue on when to laugh and when not to laugh.

    I've read somewhere (I think in an article on TV Guide) that Marco originally produced the show without a laugh track, but ABC forced him to put it in.

    Let's just hope the demand for the laugh track to be removed prompts ABC to change their mind. Anybody else agree?
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    whatscooking05

    [2]Jan 18, 2006
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    Yes.
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    peaveyj

    [3]Jan 18, 2006
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    laugh tracks do seem almost insulting at times.
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    timize

    [4]Jan 19, 2006
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    And to clarify: although the show does record with a studio audience, it's clearly heard that the "audience laugh" is recorded over with pre-recorded laughs to achieve the "funny factor."

    I've gotten several PMs bashing me for this. It's obvious that ABC doesn't like the live studio audience.
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    Wozman23

    [5]Jan 20, 2006
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    i agree, whoever invented the laugh track should be shot (ha,ha,ha,ha...) see its just bad. the show looks good, and has potential. Everything i read doesn't seem to agree with me though, but that's usually how i know something is good.
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    alsaker85

    [6]Jan 20, 2006
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    The convention of the laugh track should be officially retired from TV. I would like to never hear it again.
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    timize

    [7]Jan 20, 2006
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    Wozman23 wrote:
    i agree, whoever invented the laugh track should be shot (ha,ha,ha,ha...) see its just bad. the show looks good, and has potential. Everything i read doesn't seem to agree with me though, but that's usually how i know something is good.

    He's already dead.

    http://www.icriticus.com/archives/011162.html
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    grtnyp

    [8]Jan 20, 2006
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    I agree.
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    Raisingdad

    [9]Feb 1, 2006
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    An Audience isn't SO bad on a regular sitcom, say According to Jim, but adding one to Crumbs is as crazy as say Scrubs - or CSI.
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    Owepar

    [10]Feb 2, 2006
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    timize wrote:
    And to clarify: although the show does record with a studio audience, it's clearly heard that the "audience laugh" is recorded over with pre-recorded laughs to achieve the "funny factor."

    I've gotten several PMs bashing me for this. It's obvious that ABC doesn't like the live studio audience.


    I've wound up seeing rough edits of a couple sitcoms and was amused to hear that the "audience laugh" was barely audible. I knew that they amped the "laugh track" up in editing, but I didn't realize how much so before.

    That said, it's every bit as overwhelming on "Crumbs" as it is on "The War at Home" -- and neither show should really even be taped in front of an audience... the canned laughter feels completely out of place.
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    Ruokasi

    [11]Feb 21, 2006
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    I don't really mind the laugh track, although I do notice and get annoyed when I can't understand what the joke was.
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    fuski

    [12]Mar 10, 2006
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    I detest laugh tracks. The put me off around 90% of shows that have one. Only the few that are actually excellent I can stand to watch.
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