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Bob Newhart weighs in on Big Bang Theory and laughtracks

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by Rob Helmerichs, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000

    (Hopefully you don't have to be a subscriber, which I am)
  2. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    I always wondered where the Emmy was when I went over to play Scrabble at Bob Newharts'.
  3. dianebrat

    dianebrat Uncontrolled Force

    Jul 6, 2002
    That's a fantastic article and even addresses the topic of "what is acting" from our other thread.

    It's also nice to hear once again how well grounded Bob Newhart is.
  4. Inundated

    Inundated Face For Radio

    Sep 9, 2003
    Great article.

    And Bob's 84, and can still sell tickets for over $50 a pop for his shows. Talent endures.
  5. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
  6. gchance

    gchance 4 8 15 16 23 42

    Dec 6, 2002
    I loved the Richard Pryor story. :)

  7. cheesesteak

    cheesesteak Meh.

    Jul 24, 2003
    Good article. Laugh tracks suck.
  8. supasta

    supasta New Member

    May 6, 2006

    I don't care how good the show it, or what it is about. I just cannot watch it if it includes a laugh track.
  9. mooseAndSquirrel

    mooseAndSquirrel Active Member

    Aug 31, 2001
    And now we will all be trounced on by rabid fans about how there is no laugh track. It's just sweetened, Bob!
  10. Hunter Green

    Hunter Green Curmudgeon

    Feb 22, 2002
    For my part, I'm not even fond of the live studio audience laughter either. I mean, if you can wonder "is this a laugh track or isn't it?" then whatever's so terrible about one must still apply some to the other. My favorite sitcoms are almost always those which add no laughter at all.
  11. Donbadabon

    Donbadabon Geocacher

    Mar 5, 2002
    I used to wonder why people in the audience laugh at things that aren't really laugh-out-loud funny, and then I went to a couple of show tapings.

    The shows I saw would film the same scene three times, slightly changing the joke. Sometimes the first time we would hear it would be funny, sometimes the third.

    But there is something funnier when you see it live, and in a crowd. Like watching comedians on stage. Much funnier in person, IMO, than seeing it on TV.

    So I am sure they pick and choose which part of the audience laughter they want to use.

    The show 'Whitney' had a lot of complaints about the laugh-track, to the point that Whitney came out and repeatedly told anyone that would listen that it was filmed before a live audience.

    I love how Bob spoke about people playing themselves, and having to memorize lines and hit marks.
  12. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    Yeah, that touches on the point I tried to make in the BBT thread where this came up...if "playing yourself" were so easy, then you wouldn't have all these examples of celebrities playing themselves in a stiff, awkward way.

    Acting is acting, even if you've only mastered one character (which a lot of actors do, but if they play that character well, why not?).
  13. DevdogAZ

    DevdogAZ Give em Hell, Devils

    Apr 16, 2003
    I was just watching a clip from the final episode of Newhart (thanks to the link you provided in the BB Finale thread) and the live audience there is completely over the top and distracting. I rarely notice it on BBT.
  14. replaytv

    replaytv gun talk ignore list

    Feb 20, 2011
    That is the best thing about animated humor like The Simpsons. No laugh track. I wish ALL sitcoms had no studio audience or laugh tracks. I find that the 'laughter' contrived as it happens even when there is nothing funny said or done. If it isn't needed for the Simpsons, why is needed for BBT?
  15. Inundated

    Inundated Face For Radio

    Sep 9, 2003
    Tony Danza, come on down!

  16. astrohip

    astrohip Active Member

    Jan 6, 2003
    Didn't want to start a new thread... Ken Levine had a Friday question about laugh tracks.

    I've said it before, if you are into TV enough to be reading this, you should read his blog daily. http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/
  17. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
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  18. pdhenry

    pdhenry Actual TiVo Owner

    Feb 27, 2005
    That's painful.
  19. Turtleboy

    Turtleboy Active Member TCF Club

    Mar 24, 2001
    They tried filming the Simpsons in front of a live studio audience, but the animators' hands got tired.
  20. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

    Jan 17, 2002
    Don' cha wonder how they know how long to pause for the laugh? Must be a floor director out there with a countdown clock.

    Nah. It's always 3,2,1 "line." 3,2,1 "Line!" 5,4,3,2,1

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