Stop Kvetching About 'Canned Laughter' On Sitcoms - It Doesn't Exist (Does It?) "I wonder if the 'canned laughter' canard is used, knowingly, as bitchy shorthand - surely no one really believes it is artificial? It's been half a century since actual machinery was regularly used." And by the way: "Studio audiences aren't forced to laugh with cattle prods. They give it up willingly."
The Guardian (UK) 08/13/13