Laughing Together?: TV Comedy Audiences and the Laugh Track

  title={Laughing Together?: TV Comedy Audiences and the Laugh Track},
  author={Inger-Lise Kalviknes Bore},
  journal={The Velvet Light Trap},
  pages={24 - 34}
his study contributes to the underexplored area of TV comedy audiences with an examination of viewer perceptions of the laugh track. Drawing on previous literature on the historical development of this device and on current practices in TV comedy production, I examine concurrences and discrepancies in a comparison of the intended functions of the laugh track and the ways in which it has been perceived by “viewers at home.” The discussion is based on my analysis of data from twenty-five focus… 
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