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I listen to the radio sometimes, and a comedian is on, saying "....Wisconsin, I love you very much, I want to marry you, traditionally...." Then people laugh, I don't know why ?
Does anyone know when this irritating trend of canned laughter started ?It's canned laughter, the same as on all Yank sitcoms. Someone says something inane, and then a recording of idiots laughing is played to make it seem as if something humourous occurred.
That is exactly what they were doing in the first place. The laugh track is a more controllable outgrowth of the signage system that they used for live TV. There were large signs over the stage with instructions such as "LAUGH", "BOO", "CHEER", etc. printed on them. When one was lit up, the audience was expected to obey. Once they began videotaping the shows for later airing, as opposed to the filming of live broadcasts, all sorts of editing became available, including the addition of laugh tracks.Does anyone know when this irritating trend of canned laughter started ?
It is as if the creators of the show are instructing the audience when to laugh.
It is most frequently just annoying.There has to be some point associated with the laughter. There's plenty of moments in any given sit com where canned laughter would just be awkward or annoying and not evoke humor.
:rofl:Hi Dange-er, :shy:
Now that people are making the shows on the streets they are getting lots of noise from the crowds... " I LIVE here, let me go in." "I Am NOT going three blocks out of my way to the market because you can't afford a studio. " "Get a room!"
These days its called "sweetening" and its a science as well as an art. It used to be they used just any generic background of belly laughter that usually started and ended abruptly, but now they can add even the distinctive laughter of individuals who might get a punchline later then the rest of the crowd. Usually they test such things on theater audiences to find out what general rules to apply to mixing.There has to be some point associated with the laughter. There's plenty of moments in any given sit com where canned laughter would just be awkward or annoying and not evoke humor.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theories_of_humorAlastair Clarke advances this theory as "an evolutionary and cognitive explanation of how and why any individual finds anything funny. Effectively, it explains that humour occurs when the brain recognises a pattern that surprises it, and that recognition of this sort is rewarded with the experience of the humorous response, an element of which is broadcast as laughter." The theory further identifies the importance of pattern recognition in human evolution: "An ability to recognise patterns instantly and unconsciously has proved a fundamental weapon in the cognitive arsenal of human beings. The humorous reward has encouraged the development of such faculties, leading to the unique perceptual and intellectual abilities of our species.”
Sounds like a promising new feature for Windows 9. Instead displaying of the blue screen of death, your computer starts laughing hysterically.My own theory is laughter is nature's way of preventing the brain from crashing like a computer running a badly written program. It has elements of expressions of both joy and sorrow as if we can't quite decide whether to be happy or sad. If worst comes to worst, we just laugh until the system is prompted to reset itself by the sheer physical strain.
It's hard to say how popular it would be. Some people will no doubt prefer the blue screen of death to their computer laughing at them and saying things like, "You want me to do what!" However, with advancements like IBM's new neuromorphic chip it may become a necessity for robots at least and we'll probably end up paying through the noise for designer robots with a less crude sense of humor.Sounds like a promising new feature for Windows 9. Instead displaying of the blue screen of death, your computer starts laughing hysterically.
ergo:Humor is a topic in catastrophe theory. Here's a joke you may already know. Three people walk into a bar. The first one sets a pattern. The second one reinforces that pattern. The third one breaks the pattern. Get's 'em every time.
You're RIGHT! It's HYSTERICAL!!!!!TheCatastophicHumorist said:Three guys walk into a bar. Bartender says, "What'll you have?" First guy says "Beer". Second guy says "Beer". Third guy says "Scotch n' soda".