The Mackenzie - The nickname of the canned laughter
machine used in the television industry to "sweeten" (adding
sound effects such as laughter) to a program track to signal to
the audience that something funny just occurred.
Most viewers to television come to realize that
many jokes are not that funny and that in the end the laugh
track is just annoying.
Jackie Gleason explained his opposition to the
laugh track by saying "I'd hate to do something on our show (THE
HONEYMOONERS) that was a laugh on someone else's."
An early example of a mechanical laugh track,
known as "The Laff Box" was created in the mid-fifties by CBS
employees, Charley and Bob Douglass.
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