laugh track


Definition of laugh track

: recorded laughter that accompanies dialogue or action (as of a television program)

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Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the laugh track column, a man who will not trade down ... Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Big Jay Oakerson, co-host of 'The Bonfire' on Comedy Central Radio, headlines Hilarities," 26 Apr. 2018 Although these two proud characters had their own stinging comebacks, both came back, week after week to have the same seemingly grander and more explosive indignities—and seemingly innocuous physical threats—visited upon them over laugh tracks. Jerel Ezell, The Root, "Speaking Out Against Domestic Violence on Black Women Is No Longer Taboo, but Doing Something About It Is," 10 May 2018 At the playoffs’ end, voters will likely bequeath the MVP upon Houston’s James Harden—a wonderful player, but his MVP prize should come with a laugh track. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Ballad of the Renegade Hockey Licker," 6 May 2018 The couple grudgingly put up with each other and a laugh track. Ali Wentworth, Town & Country, "When Did a Happy Marriage Become So Taboo?," 6 Apr. 2018 Further setting the show apart from other sitcoms at the time was the desire of creators Gelbart and Reynolds' to broadcast the show without a laugh track, or prerecorded laughter. Travis M. Andrews,, "106 million people watched 'M*A*S*H' finale 35 years ago. No scripted show since has come close.," 28 Feb. 2018 Tirelessly upbeat Lydia and hapless Jeff, as depressed as his town, are an opposites-attract couple whose feints and parries seem to come with a laugh track. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: Anna Chlumsky and Adam Pally Paint the Town Red in ‘Cardinal’," 30 Jan. 2018 Without the laugh track and the need to tie everything up in a tight bow in 22 minutes, there’s more to explore in a realistic way to which many viewers can relate. Tracy L. Scott, The Root, "#RelationshipGoals: 10 Reasons We Love This Is Us Couple Beth and Randall," 30 Oct. 2017 Another serious series masquerading as a silly sitcom, Mom continues to show the struggles of addiction through the lens of a Chuck Lorre-co-created laugh track. Esquire, "Fall TV Preview: Your Complete Guide to the Season's Premieres," 1 Sep. 2016

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laugh track

: recorded laughter that is heard during a television or radio program

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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