Invented by Charley Douglass, a sound engineer who helped develop radar systems for the Navy during World War II, the “laff box” made its television debut on “The Hank Mc Cune Show” in 1956.
Douglass, unsatisfied with the “sweetening” process, built a two-and-a-half foot high device that looked like a mix of an organ and a typewriter.
It was a revelatory moment for TV, one that most artists despised.
Douglass’s device was almost immediately controversial. Producers requested Douglass to litter programs with laughs, but Douglass didn’t want the laughs to overpower the work. However, when some artists struck back and asked networks to reign back their use of the laff box, their shows quickly descended into cancelation, as was the case with “The Monkees” and the first sitcom by up-and-coming comedic icon Bill Cosby, “The Bill Cosby Show.” This soon started a war over who controlled the box.
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In previews for the new comedy “Mulaney,” the show’s stars, producers, and writers claim the series is a return to tradition for the sitcom format. To compensate, audio engineers stitched together the laughs from a good night with an off one and inadvertently created one of the most significant technical jumps in television history.
Recordings of live comedy simulated the feeling of being in the theater, because of the audience response, but not every audience could be depended on for quality giggles.
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