The Big Bang Theory without canned laughter is really uncomfortable

The Big Bang Theory without canned laughter is really uncomfortable

If you take away the laugh tracks from Big Bang Theory, it’s actually pretty awkward, it seems.

In a bid to prove that the CBS comedy show isn’t funny, a salty Youtuber took away all the fake laughs from a scene in the third episode of season four of Big Bang Theory.

In it, Penny (Kaley Cuoco), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Howard (Simon Helberg) and Leonard (Johnny Galecki) hide out from Sheldon’s new girlfriend Amy (Mayim Bialik).

While the group watch a show in Penny’s apartment, Raj says: ‘Ah. Nothing makes beer taste better than cool clear Rocky Mountain spring water. Where are the Rocky Mountains, anyway?’

‘Philadelphia,’ Howard responds. An obvious lie.

But without the laughter, the joke actually seems kinda odd.


‘Really? I thought they were out West someplace,’ Raj says also not getting the joke.

‘Think about it, Raj. Where did the movie Rocky take place?’ Howard adds.

Yes, Philadelphia. Funny. Sort of.

Wait, suddenly, we’re wondering whether Howard’s a bit mean. Or does it just seem that way without a verbal queue of the punchline?

We have to be honest here. Though we love Big Bang Theory, the jokes just don’t seem to land in the same way without the canned laughter. Who knew it was so essential?

We’ll be taking all of our sitcoms with the pre-recorded giggles from now on please.

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