Behind the Laughter…

Ahh! Don’t worry, it’s nothing serious!

I’m going to write up a review of Writing Britain that I went to yesterday when I’m less achey, so for a little placeholder I was recently thinking about the nature of the dreaded “laughter track” or canned laughter. I’ve seen some shows without the laughter track and it can alter the tone instantly. Employed by Charles Douglass, this device was to replicate the sound and expectations of radio comedy audiences and when an odd laugh in the “wrong” place would throw the actors off rhythm. How bizarre! I have what some people may call an “odd” sense of humour so I’m often feeling shame for laughing at something when I’m not “cued” to – talk about it being one way, huh?

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