Why TV Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

When they filmed or taped TV situation comedies, producers found that studio audiences often didn’t laugh in the right places. Sound engineer Charley Douglass developed the Laff Box, and editors used it to “sweeten” sitcom soundtracks with “canned laughter.” Over the last 10 years, the laugh track has disappeared almost entirely. Cheddar explains why.


“The invention of laughter: Charley Douglass and the laff box,” Valentina Palladino, The Verge

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