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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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-...
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What's the earliest surviving TV sitcom? Key word is "surviving"

Possibly the earliest surviving TV sitcom is The Life of Riley starring Jackie Gleason which aired on NBC from October 4, 1949 to March 28, 1950 (Wikipedia). The entire series was filmed and all 26 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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Between Frasier and Niles who can actually afford their lifestyle and dwelling?

You're not the only person who's wondered about this. How Did Frasier Afford His Apartment? The key points of this investigation are: Frasier's apartment is estimated to cost one million (1993) ...
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What makes a comedy series a sitcom?

Situational Comedy A sitcom, short for "situation comedy", is a genre of comedy centered on a fixed set of characters who carry over from episode to episode. Sitcoms can be contrasted with ...
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Did I Love Lucy and perhaps none of the 1950s or 1960s sitcoms never mention the current year?

I'm going to directly address I Love Lucy and skip most of the "what if" part if that's alright - This show is historically credited with "inventing the rerun" during Ball's ...
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What's a "Diamond Lane"?

A "diamond lane" is another name for a "HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) Lane," so named because they are typically marked with diamonds painted on the pavement (and sometimes on lighted signs above them)....
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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Are shows with laugh tracks considered a lower form of comedy by the TV industry?

I would say so. Yes, audiences can be warmed up and put into a jovial mood, but, ultimately, the laughter you'd hear with a live audience would be a reaction to something that just happened, and the ...
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What is the oldest adult animated sitcom?

Well, you say "sitcom," so by that definition we're looking for an ongoing series of comedic television shows where the episodes involve the same characters in a more-or-less stable setting. The ...
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Are shows with laugh tracks considered a lower form of comedy by the TV industry?

Lower quality writing associated with network shows is more likely a factor of the high number of episodes in a given season. (Note that shows regarded as "high quality" such as on HBO, Showtime or ...
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Did I Love Lucy and perhaps none of the 1950s or 1960s sitcoms never mention the current year?

There are several times in the series that the year is indicated. In the episode “Lucy’s Night in Town”, the Ricardos and the Mertzes go to see a new musical called The Most Happy Fella, a play in ...
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What's the earliest surviving TV sitcom? Key word is "surviving"

The earliest fully surviving TV show would be “I love Lucy” from October 1951. It’s available to watch in entirety on Paramount Plus and other streaming platforms.
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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How do live studio audiences work when sitcoms can have multiple takes?

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 ...
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On a multicam show, who has access to the full script?

Everybody except the 'extras' [supporting artists]. See my rant at the top of https://movies.stackexchange.com/a/111538/25773 for why this is. The script is a part of the call sheet, which everyone [...
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