Monday, February 8, 2010

Que The Laughter

This is painful to watch

I used to watch a lot of comedy on television when I was a kid. Stuff like Gilligan's Island and The Munsters. I can still recall Sammy Davis Jr. getting a twinkie from Edith Bunker and planting a kiss on Archie's check. It was racism reduced to slapstick on national TV. Groundbreaking stuff.

But I haven't watched situation comedies on television in decades. I think the reason is that they are just so badly written it hurts to watch them. The video clip above is from the television show "The Big Bang Theory", which I have never watched. Seeing it filmed, without the canned laugh track (it obviously is NOT shot in front of a studio audience) is downright painful. My guess is, that if this were shot in front of an audience....they wouldn't laugh. I sort of wonder how the actors can sell their souls to perform this crap.

If you want to continue to live in the fantasy land that is bad television comedy, the link to the same clip with the canned laughter is here.

If I want comedy, I just rerun any old George Bush speech and laugh my ass off, no laught track is needed.