Originally Posted by skyehill
And last night is the only acceptable form of laugh track. Real, unedited, honest-to-goodness laughter. Not like the crapfest used on shows like Whitney, Big Bang Theory and the 400 other CBS comedies that use it.
Yes clearly *nothing* can be funny unless:
A) Nobody is around to laugh at it. Live or not.
B) People are around but *not* allowed to laugh.
C) There's a honest to god live audience present that's been primed by some 'sweaty warm up comedian(s)' and will laugh at just about anything by the time the show starts.
Frankly, I don't seen the distinction here ... much less the distinction between using "taped live audience reaction" or posting after(or during) the fact on AVS about how funny the show was ...
Berating "the masses" for not accepting "Arrested Development" or "Community" is every bit as "shameful and manipulative" as the "horrid crime" of using "live audience reaction."
Relax ... have a beverage ... enjoy every sandwich ... enjoy life, it goes by too quickly to waste time taking on "laugh tracks" as a religious crusade.