January 18, 2011
Let me just say, I don’t watch television.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. (Real laughter, not a lafftrack.)
No, really, I DO watch television, but only public television.
Ha ha ha ha ha ha. (Okay, THAT was a lafftrack.)
Okay, enough kidding around. I watch one night of TV, and that night is Wednesday (not Tuesday), because I love Modern Family.
Modern Family reminds me of Soap, the 70s Billy Crystal star vehicle. (Chirp.)
And last week, while the entire family sat on the couch together in a total Norman Rockwell scene, I realized that one of the reasons I love Modern Family (apart from the fact it’s just plain funny), is that it does not use a lafftrack. No lafftrack means they believe in their product.
I hate lafftracks. Hate them. I also hate live audiences. For example, even though I was a big fan of Friends, my least favorite thing on the show, apart from the last couple of seasons, was when someone would kiss or something, and the audience would go “ooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhh.” I would mute the TV.
But Modern Family? No lafftrack, no live audience. They trust us to get the jokes and laugh appropriately.
To them, I say, thanks. Thanksverymuch.