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prerecorded laughter added to the soundtrack of a radio or television show

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The series - starring Alan Alda (front row, third from right) as Captain Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce -was broadcast in Britain without the canned laughter soundtrack.
The veteran comic actor, star of City Lights, Naked Video and a panto legend in the making, was already thrilled to be going on stage with brand new play Canned Laughter alongside long-time friends and co-stars Allan Stewart and Grant Stott.
Moreover, the overwhelming barrage of personal opinions is punctuated by canned laughter, more irritating than funny, and bits of songs hardly relevant to the issues at hand.
When a villainous country-say, Libya-is appointed a member of the UNHRC, media bring out the canned laughter, apparently unaware that such moves are not made as a badge of merit, but to advance human rights (and human rights workers) in the world's most vulnerable locations, and bring international pressure on their governments to change.
Nobody knows if the Stalinist military dictatorship in North Korea is part of a long-running stand-up comedy show, where the canned laughter will break out any moment; or a very real threat to global security.
Surprisingly, I found this book funny, in spite of its unapologetic Americanisms--no concessions here to the UK market--and reflections of those imported long-running comedy series with canned laughter that used to grace television screens.
There is, within the growing literature on the psychology of humour, studies on the effects of canned laughter, the topic of this paper (Chapman, 1973; Provine, 1992, 2000) Laughter is socially mediated in the sense that we are more inclined to laugh and smile when others do so (Platow et al., 2005).
Will Mellor is good enough as Liam Flynn, but the canned laughter is so obvious and so over-used that it has already become unwatchable.
"Canned laughter is the lowest form of fascism" Paul Krassner opined in a 1990 issue of The Realist.
Moreover, the series is augmented by the strains of canned laughter that come across as forced each time one of the location bits falls fiat.
GLYN Williams of Caerwys (May 6th) is dismayed by the over-use of canned laughter in today's sit-coms.
Sitcom is more like it, with canned laughter and cued audience applause.
Los Angeles: Replete with the genre's canned laughter and 30-minute plot resolutions, two sit-coms now in development--Fully Committed and The Bomb-itty of Errors--may give new fuel to critics who complain that theatre is becoming too much like TV.
Despite many serious warnings about terrorism in recent years, we based so much of our intellectual and political life on the premise that history would take place elsewhere while we continued to sit in front of our TVs listening to canned laughter. Consequently, much of what one reads today in the op-ed pages of our newspapers is clueless.