laugh track


Definition of laugh track

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

Examples of laugh track in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To the rest of the country, the law served as a laugh track and spectacle. Taylor Seely,, "Listen to the trailer for our new series, 'Rediscovering: SB 1070'," 1 July 2020 Given all those precautions, sitcoms that used to film in front of a live studio audience may elect to use a laugh track instead. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Hollywood is getting back to work with new protocols that could change what we see on screen," 8 June 2020 If stadium atmosphere means that much, pipe in crowd noise the way old sitcoms used to have laugh tracks. Greg Moore, azcentral, "It's unprecedented, confusing and scary, but face it: We need sports," 1 May 2020 But then also riffing on the stuff that comes from the rest of the universe, like commercials and little bumpers and the laugh track. Christian Holub,, "DuckTales showrunners discuss that fourth wall-breaking season 3 premiere," 5 Apr. 2020 Readers should have no trouble providing a laugh track themselves, considering the dizzy situational comedy and charming antics that await them, all underscored by the most essential element of all – an abundance of heart. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: New April romances are escapist and revolutionary," 4 May 2020 Or perhaps, like Bill Maher and his very obvious laugh track, performers will find unexpected ways to bring back the audience. Helen Lewis, The Atlantic, "The Challenge of Comedy Without an Audience," 8 Apr. 2020 Producing a comedy for network television without three cameras, a laugh track and a live studio audience was unheard of at the time. Jeff Ayers, Dallas News, "Oral history of ‘The Office’ is an exhaustive look at a TV classic," 25 Mar. 2020 New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is both antagonist and comic relief, a gangly Colonel Klink without the laugh track. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "Keeping Up With the Cuomos," 4 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of laugh track

1952, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jul 2020

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“Laugh track.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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