Why do they put a laugh track in American sitcoms?
- Anonymous3 months ago
So Americans know what's supposed to be a joke and don't laugh at cringey, inappropriate times.
- JudyLv 76 months ago
Well laughter is contagious, so I think that is done with the hopes that the audience will find the humor to be even funnier than it really is.
- MolochLv 66 months ago
It adds a humorous or festive mood.
- SnidLv 76 months ago
It used to be the normal thing. It's simply awful. Now days, a good lot of shows are filmed before a live audience.
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- EntropyLv 76 months ago
Because it works. We are social animals and when we hear laughter we are more likely to laugh, even if the joke sucked. It's hard-wired into our brains.
There are clips online of some famous Seinfeld scenes that EVERYONE remembers being hilarious like Soup Nazi. They have removed the laugh track. Watch them. They're completely unfunny.
I hate laugh tracks, but they work. So as a sitcom you can either work hard to come up with good jokes OR you could use a laugh track and coast on poor jokes.
- Big WyteLv 76 months ago
So people can believe that shows like 'Two and a Half Men' are a lot funnier than they actually are
- RegwahLv 76 months ago
To let us know that they just made a joke, in case we missed it.
- Anonymous6 months ago
It started out with being filmed in front of a live studio audience. But sometimes people wouldn’t laugh when they were supposed to, so they added a big sign that said LAUGH and it would light up when the audience was supposed to laugh. But that didn’t work out very well so they just got rid of the audience and added recorded laughter where they wanted laughter.