The Big Bang Theory: No Laugh Track

I think it’s safe to say that laugh tracks, in general, do not improve sitcoms. In fact, overactive laugh tracks make some sitcoms unwatchable. But how much laughter is too much laughter? If you remove all of the laugh track from a show, will it seem funny at all?

YouTube users “sboss” and “omgitsaduck12345” test this by removing most of the laughs from The Big Bang Theory excerpts. Of course, it’s a bit unfair to the show as the rhythm of the original dialogue is paced to accommodate audience response. So, now it just seems eerie and weird, but in a sort of cool way.

I first became aware of these when I came across their inverse–The Big Bang Theory with extra laughter added!