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*clears throat*
I hate laugh tracks.
[ Laugh track starts ]
I think they're annoying -
- unnecessary, and honestly I find them to be kind of an insult to the viewer's intelligence.
It's like the show doesn't trust you to know when to laugh so they have to basically hold up a big sign after every joke
And say "look that was joke it time to laugh now",
but then at the same time it also kind of feels like a lack of confidence in their own jokes.
Like the writers know that these lines aren't that funny
So they have to like peer pressure you into laughing
Because listen to how much these other people are laughing you should be laughing - most of all though
I hate laugh tracks because as a viewer when I hear the sound of canned laughter
I am completely taken out of what in my opinion
Should be an immersive experience
I want to watch a show and feel like a fly on the wall during a realistic human
Interaction and yet a laugh track serves as a constant reminder that these characters whose lives
You're trying to get invested in are not actually characters
They're just actors acting on a stage in front of a live audience
That reacts to every joke like they just woke up from a long coma and this is the first joke they've heard in 20 years
"Closeness schmoseness, there was 3 of us for cryin' out loud!"

[ audience laughs like they just woke up from a come and is this the first joke they've heard in 20 years ]
In addition to being an auditory distraction laugh tracks also mess up the flow of
Every scene even if you remove the actual sound of the laughter it's still evident that these conversations
Have a very unnatural rhythm
Pink Shirt Lady:
"Get one yourself!"

[ awkward silence ]
Beer Nerd:
"Oooh Somebody's been taking bitchy pill!"

[ even more awkward silence ]
Pink Shirt:
"God, he's an ass when he drinks"

Outfit Matching Nerd:
"Well, he's an ass when he doesn't, you just don't hear it."

[ silence ]
Line! Long pause. Line! Long pause. I've never in my life had a conversation with that cadence
It's just not how people talk, probably the worst thing about these laugh tracks
Is that they don't always
Correlate with the quality of the joke every response seems to indicate the same level of hilarity when here's the thing
Some jokes are just better than others
I don't expect every line to elicit this room wide eruption of laughs and cheers
And I don't hold it against a show if a joke doesn't make me audibly laugh
but when a throwaway line is followed up by several wasted seconds where I'm just waiting for the next joke and
Then it happens again
And again and again I get impatient
And I don't want to watch the show anymore these episodes are about twenty two minutes long
And it feels like I'm only getting maybe ten minutes of actual comedy, and that's when my brain hatched an idea
Exactly how much of an average episode of Friends is just laughter?
What percentage of each episode's 22 minute runtime is wasted by a glorified sound effect?
And then to take it one step further how many jokes are there in an episode of Friends,
Compared to an episode of, let's say, The Office?
Obviously quantity and quality aren't the same thing and one good joke is better than a hundred bad ones
But in this case I do think quantity is a pretty good indicator of overall writing quality.
So I had to know I had to get to the bottom of this
00:03:01,450 --> 00:03:02,540
But how?

And then I remembered I have a youtube channel I can do stuff like this
[ Elevator Music ]
Now keep in mind about 90% of this video is simply gonna be opinion based
I may present a lot of what I'm saying as if it were fact
But what most of it comes down to is simply personal preference
So let's start with The Office. The Office is my favorite show of all time
I'm a bit of a basic bitch, so no I'm not talking about the British version nor the Japanese version for that matter
I'm talking about the American office because here in the USA
We may not be the first to do and stuff
But I'll be damned if we aren't the best.
The office combines everything I want in a comedy show
Again, personal preference.
It's hilarious, it's quick,
But there's also a lot of depth to it.
Characters develop deep meaningful relationships that have ebbs and flows and give each episode more of a purpose.
Particularly in the first three seasons with the back-and-forth between Jim and Pam.
More than anything though
I love the way The Office is directed.
You can tell there's so much deliberation involved in setting up the perfect shots.
Which is something that may seem small
But I think the movement and position of the camera can contribute so much to the tone of a scene..
As well as even serving as a joke in its own right.
For example in the season 2 episode entitled "The Carpet",
After it's been established that someone took a dump in Michaels office
And no one can go in there because it smells so bad,
Michael has a talking head bit where he kind of rambles about how this is like his fear factor audition
Eventually he can't stand it anymore and starts to rush out of the room.
But it's at that moment that the camera zooms out to reveal that even the cameraman didn't want to be in that room.
It's a small detail, but it was enough to make me chuckle and feel smart for noticing it.
But I'm rambling..
I love the show. I could talk about it for hours,
But the title of this video isn't why I like The Office,
It's The Office vs. Friends
So I will try and get to the point.
How many jokes are in one episode of The Office?
Now, no scientific endeavor would be complete without taking an educated guess beforehand,
so here's my hypothesis
I'm gonna say that an episode of The Office averages 140 jokes
Which is roughly 1 joke every 9 seconds.
On the other hand, I'm gonna guess that an average episode of Friends contains about half that.
Let's say 80 jokes or one joke every 15 seconds.
In addition, I'm gonna guess at approximately three and a half minutes of every Friends episode is just laughter,
And I'm also gonna guess that roughly 7% of you just clicked off the video when I started rambling about math
So let's speed this up a bit for the office. I chose season 5 episode 14
"Stress Relief Part 1" this episode is near and dear to my heart
The opening scene alone is an absolute work of art Dwight for awareness reasons
Intentionally starts a fire in the office to see how prepared everyone would be in that situation which is funny enough on its own
But then he has this
self-righteous attitude throughout the scene while everything
Deteriorates into chaos led by Michael who immediately puts his safety before everyone else's there are so many hilarious
Details like Kevin going back to break into the vending machine..
Angela hurling her cat into the ceiling..
Stanley ultimately having a heart attack as Dwight explains that this was all a test.
From start to finish, it's beautiful, and there are 41 jokes in it.
After the opening theme,
The next scene is a meeting between Michael Dwight and 2 corporate higher-ups.
Halfway through the scene michael casually gets up and sort of waltzes over to the other side of the table
Trying to subtly switch his role in the situation and then starts lecturing Dwight.
There are 16 jokes in the scene,
3 during their car ride back to the office,
and 11 in the next scene
Where Stanley comes back to the office and Michael offers him a wheelchair.
Quote: "Until he's back on his feet."
I'm going to die.

After a commercial break comes one of the greatest scenes in television history..
The CPR training scene.
If someone asked me
"Hey, Drew! I want to get into comedy writing. Where do I start?"
I would say...
"I don't know... I just make Youtube videos."
But I would tell them to study this scene.
I don't even know where to start with this, so I'll let Steve Carrell set it up.
"We found ourselves on the...

less prepared side of things.
When Stanley had his...
When his heart went berserk...
I knew exactly what to do,
But in a much more real sense
I had no idea what to do.
so I thought we should have a CPR training class."
So this woman has been hired by corporate to teach the office CPR.
Michael instinctively volunteers Stanley,
You know, the guy who just had a heart attack 3 days ago?
But then after the rest of the office starts to express concern,
He decides that the boss should go ahead and everyone how it's done.
"Okay, too fast."

The instructor has to try repeatedly to get things back on track...
"No, it's [singing] 'uh, uh, uh, uh, stayin' alive, stay-' "

"Okay, that's it."

"You were in the parking lot earlier, that's how I know you!"

Oh! And Creed...
Fucking Creed!
He has two lines in this entire episode
And they're both hysterical!
"Check for an organ donor card. If he has one, we only have minutes to harvest."

"He has no wallet, I checked."

This scene is so well written the way everything slowly gets more and more heightened the way each
character progressively gets more involved
And there are 37 jokes in it so after Dwight destroys the very expensive
CPR dummy he and Michael are once again forced to go meet with David Wallace in New York
This is a short scene with only five jokes we then cut back to the office where Jim, Pam, and Andy are watching a movie
He downloaded illegally
Which doesn't exist outside of the show.
So props to the producers for actually shooting clips from a fake movie where Jack Black falls in love with Cloris Leachman
I counted nine jokes in this scene, eight in the next scene where Dwight issues his statement of regret
"I state my regret."

And another eight when Jim Pam and Andy finished the Jack Black movie
The episode ends with Michael leading a relaxation exercise
Which you guessed it is not very relaxing. There are 28 jokes in the scene and the episode is over
In total, I counted 166 jokes in 21 minutes
Which is only slightly higher than my hypothesis you guys want to double check my math go for it
I also tried to be as unbiased with this as possible
I included punchlines that didn't make me laugh
But I recognized as having meant to be a joke if I refuse to tally jokes that I don't think are funny
Then why the hell am I even doing this you know besides, this is science
So now let's transition over to Friends- controversial opinion alert!
Actually like friends now if I hadn't watched it with my mom growing up and didn't have a little bit of a nostalgia for it
I probably feel differently, but I think it's a pretty okay show it's got a likable enough characters even though
They're all mostly reliant on pretty basic
Stereotypes: Rachel likes to shop, and Monica likes to clean, and Phoebe's wacky! And Chandler sarcastic,
and Ross is awkward, and Joey likes to fuc-, but five out of the six actors are good
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And the writing is usually fine with the exception of the occasional
Awful joke thrown in from time to time
"Anybody know a good tailor?"

"You need some clothes altered?"

"No, no, I'm just looking for a man to draw on me with chalk..."

[ Audience laughter ]
As far as the laugh track goes I can forgive shows like friends for having a dated format because
Well the show premiered almost 25 years ago. It's not really dated
If it literally is dated, and that's just what sitcoms were like back. Then it was a standard
I'm much less
Understanding of shows that have debuted in the past decade that rely on this format originally this video was going to be The Office vs.
The Big Bang Theory aka the world's worst show, but I felt like that would be too easy
It's like making a video on Lele pons like we all know she's bad
I don't know anyone who actually likes the Big Bang Theory and
Honestly watching multiple episodes for research purposes just sounds like a nightmare so I ultimately decided on Friends because it is a show that people
Generally enjoy. It's just I think sometimes a slave to its own format
There are moments in every episode where I have to fight the urge to incrementally skip forward past
predictable back-and-forth scenes where you know what the next line is gonna be but you get a wait for the audience to calm down so
They can say it, but because of all this anticipation. That's built up now that line gets the enormous over-the-top applause
It's very formulaic and that is the exact phenomenon that led me to want to make this video in the first place
So let's get into it how much of a typical episode of Friends is just laughter funny story
I wasn't sure which episode to choose here
So I went on IMDB to see the highest
Rated um the second highest is the one where everyone finds out and I was like oh, I remember that one
That's a good episode. I'll do that and then I realized holy shit this just happens to be season 5 episode 14
Which is the same as the ah so this is a perfect comparison?
And I will not listen to anybody who tries to dispute that yes. It's all coming back to me now
This is definitely one of the best episodes the basic synopsis is
Spoiler alert! Chandler and Monica have been secretly dating for the past like 15 episodes and only Joey knows
Rachel and Phoebe find out because they see Chandler and Monica having sex
But rather than confront them they try to mess with them by having Phoebe flirt with Chandler
It goes back and forth until it all climaxes at the end of the episode they kiss Chandler freaks out tells Monica
He's in love with her the crowd goes woo, end of episode. Yes
That was a significantly shorter synopsis than the one I did for the office
But I realized I didn't want this video to be like 90 minutes long so got a cut corner somewhere in this episode
I counted in 21 laughs which is
Surprisingly high actually. I definitely way underestimated the friends writers
But I also way
Underestimated the amount of time the audience reactions would take out my guess was three and a half minutes not even close now
I will say I included scene transitions in this not the theme song
but the silly little stings they play in between scenes because I felt like these are as much of a waste of time as the
laugh tracks
But anyway after isolating these two things I was left with 5 minutes and 20 seconds: over
25% of the episode has no dialogue and it no substance at all
it's just
audible filler
to pad the episode in between jokes side note if you guys want to double check this number and see what an entire episode of
friends looks like without any dialogue
I will be posting that video on my Twitter @drewisgooden
And it's kind of hilarious actually and I feel like even if you've never seen this episode of Friends and just have a basic understanding
Of the characters you can completely understand what's going on without hearing a single line of dialogue
No for the sake of being somewhat thorough
I went ahead and did the same thing for one more episode of each show the first episode of season 2 and got pretty similar
Results I counted 119 jokes in The Office and 96 in Friends
I'm gonna guess that these numbers are a little more typical of what an average episode of each show is like
Whereas the season 5 episode 14's of each show are more an outlier like, the best of each show?
But still the results are comparatively pretty similar alright, so we've counted the number of jokes
We've isolated the laugh track and use science to determine that the office is a much more comedic
Efficient show than Friends so the only question to answer at this point is
Does it really matter and that's entirely up to you efficiency is a term I've thrown around a lot in this video
But it's important to say that it's not the deciding factor when it comes to comedy because comedy isn't math
Comedy is completely subjective
And I'm not here to tell you that you should like one show more than another because there's more jokes in it. The whole point of
This video was just to incorporate a small bit of math into a non mathematical experiment
But at the end of the day just watch whatever makes you happy if you like Kevin can wait then watch it if you only
Like Disney Channel original movies then watch them. Even Camp Rock 2, which was an objectively disappointing sequel
But whatever you do don't let someone tell you what you should like
Especially not me because I just spent the past two weeks of my life
Voluntarily doing math what the fuck do I know about comedy?
The perfect ending great job on the video drew oh, thanks Mr. Narrator, yeah
It was nice to not have to be on camera for a change I grew out my beard yeah
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You know normal people don't wait until they're gonna be on camera to forget about it
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Ordering as many shirts as you did as a lot of you know I announced my merch in my last video
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Have a great week, and I will be back on this channel with new video as soon as humanly possible
Bye a sidenote post video hot take here
I think David Schwimmer is the best actor on friends, and I'm not being sarcastic
His biggest detractor is often that he's too emotional, or you know some people might describe him as kind of a little bitch
And that's a hundred percent true, but he's really convincing and expressing it his physical comedy is so underrated the way
He moves his body his facial expressions his timing are so good these types of sitcoms were made for people like David Schwimmer
I think his talent just gets overlooked because Ross can be such an annoying character
But next time you're watching the show and I know this is asking for a lot
But take your eyes off Rachael's exposed nipples for a few moments
And you might gain an appreciation for someone you thought you could never appreciate you go David
Anyway just a tangent that wasn't really related to the videos so I threw it in at the end
Thank you again so much for watching guys be sure to like and subscribe and let me know if you want to see more videos
like this or if you prefer my usual
Format this was really fun to make so I'll probably do more whether you like it or not
But it's still good to ask all right. See you later guys
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Efficiency in Comedy: The Office vs. Friends

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Mars published on February 15, 2019
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