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There will be separate microphones capturing the audience laughter. This means that during editing, laughter from one take can be used for a different take.


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Usually the audience laughter is recorded such that it can be edited into the soundtrack, known as the laugh track. Many shows have gone so far as to use so-called "canned laughter" - which was pre-recorded and sold to studios.


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In addition to the editing techniques mentioned, many shows with a live audience also have a comedian who serves to warm-up the audience. This is common on both talk shows and on sitcom tapings. It makes the audience feel looser and eases them into engaging later on when they are watching the material that is being taped.


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Based on my own experiences as a member on several live audiences and from discussions with a friend who is a writer and producer ... The audience is explicitly told that they need to react to re-takes as if you hadn't already heard the joke. Don't flub the lines. Most sitcom actors are also stage actors, used to live theatre. Direction, timing, and ...


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When you go in as part of a live audience the producer and director and set director talk to you and make you feel like you're going to be part of the show so when they tell the joke they tell the crowd to applaud and even though they've heard the joke several times they're told that every time you're asked to applaud you do it like it's the first time if ...


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I went to a sitcom taping once. If I recall correctly (it was about 20 years ago, "Just Shoot Me"), there were rarely more than 2 or 3 takes of each scene. In addition, they usually tried different jokes in each take. The main point of doing all these takes was to see which jokes worked best, it was rarely because something went wrong and they ...


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One factor is that comic actors will usually stop as soon as it's clear that a retake is needed, to avoid spoiling any more of the scene than necessary. (This is of course the opposite of non-live recording, where actors generally keep going until they hear “Cut”, to maximise the usable footage.)


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A few years ago, I was invited to be in the "audience" for a multi-camera show called "Partners," starring Kelsey Grammer and Martin Lawrence. What was unusual is that the show had already been filmed and edited, but it hadn't aired yet. The reactions of the live audience, watching the recorded show in a screening room, were to be added ...


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I am not an expert, but I have sometimes seen episodes of a rather unusual sitcom called Just Roll With It (2019-2021). They definately have a studio audience, since closes ups of audience members reactng are seen, and even sometimes views of the stands full of audience members. The cast members mingle with the audience at the end of the show. And from what ...


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Whilst there are re-records, in a lot of cases there will be a warm-up guy keeping the audience in a good mood so that they laugh a lot for the jokes, and sometimes the audience is just quite happy just to be there. When I went to one (Red Dwarf), most scenes had several takes yet the warm-up guy kept us all in good spirits. Also, the audience laughter can ...


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