‘Whitney’ Sexy Comedy Series Season Premiere; Twenty-Six in Three!!!

by on September 21, 2011

in Entertainment, tv reviews

Cinema Static - TV News, Movie News and other Entertainment OpinionWhitney is a comedy about a couple who have been together for three years and the spark may have left the roost.

Throughout the season premiere preview episode, there are great hilarious moments.  It’s not often that I actually laugh out loud hard,  but this show did that for me.

Whitney Cummings is a great comedian and she hits it out of the park in both comedic moments and sexy moments when she dresses up to spark hers and Alex’s (Chris D’Elia) love life.

But there are consequences it seems, to sparking it up.

I’ll leave it at that for ya.

Twenty-Six in Three

If you’re wondering what I mean by twenty-six in three, that means that in the first three minutes there were twenty-six canned laugh tracks thrown at the viewer of the season premiere of Whitney.

And I think I lost track at some point in those three minutes.

That’s roughly 1 ‘laughing’ or laugh track every 7 seconds.

Did I mention I can’t stand laugh tracks?  They’re designed to get people to think a show is funny,  They’ve been around for a long time.  It was in the mid-60’s that it was discovered that people think they like a show more when it has a laugh track.  Me, they feel insulting that someone thinks I’m stupid enough to be told when something is funny.

I can’t handle laugh tracks… sorry.

Yes, Whitney was funny for me.  No, I’m not watching it again.  Laugh tracks make me homicidal.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Margie September 30, 2011 at 11:24 am

Thank you! The show was resonably funny and enjoyable, but the incessant, poorly timed laugh track made it hard to watch. Hopefully the producers will take note-

Ronnie September 26, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I thought I was the only one who couldnt take the laugh track. I couldnt get through the first 3 or 4 minutes before turning it off.

Bruce Simmons September 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

I get what you’re saying Jeff. I think it might have been overdone on WHITNEY though… but that’s just one guy’s opinion and those pesky tracks were just so distracting for me.

To be honest, thanks for the flipside of this opinion. Always like having good perspectives from both sides of the coin here.

Jeff September 26, 2011 at 10:53 am

Nothing wrong with laughter in the background. Not insulting to me . In fact it enhances the comedy.

The classic comedy’s Frasier, I Love Lucy, MASH always had laugh tracks. I find this new comedy realm lacking starting with Scrubbs, The Office, Up All Night, 30 Rock etc. very lacking

As David Hyde Pierce said in his Emmy acceptance speech. Call me when comedy goes back to the single camera and laughter/live or not in the background. That’s why Two and half Men was the top comedy. And the new hits on TV Land like Hot in Cleveland are extremely popular. Thank you Sean Hayes.

John September 23, 2011 at 4:43 am

Looked funny in the promo, but the aggressive over-used laugh track killed it. I couldn’t watch more than 2 minutes. I can’t believe the producers don’t notice how distracting it is!

Bruce Simmons September 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm

That’s what I’m talking about! The show is actually hilarious, but I had the same problem. Do all comedies have that accursed background noise? (laugh track)

Dak September 22, 2011 at 9:59 pm

OMG I had to stop the show at the 1 or 2 minute mark because of the laugh track. Can’t do it.

Bruce E. Simmons (BruSimm) September 22, 2011 at 5:59 am

Yes, it is in front of a live studio audience. Those shows are post-processed with augmented laugh tracks to make the transitions of scenes or the laughter itself from the studio audience more smooth. Eh, for me, it felt too much. It was near constant and at moments that I did not believe anyone would be laughing at. IT’S STILL A FUNNY SHOW though. Don’t get me wrong on that point.

p September 21, 2011 at 10:29 pm

it’s not canned laughter. the show is filmed live in front of an audience. like Seinfeld

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