While I found all this very intriguing, I am not writing today to relay the fascinating history of the laugh track.
With all the polarizing presidential election character assassination, mud-slinging and shit-smearing that has been monopolizing the airwaves, social media and news outlets for the past few months, I began to think that the entire process might have been a whole lot more palatable had we perhaps utilized Charley Douglass's Laff Box to accompany the knee-deep, unconscionable cutthroat prattle. I, for one could have used a matronly groan from the soundtrack of "The Beverly Hillbillies" to dull the edge on the idea that someone could so viciously attack the character of the President of the United States in a public forum... Andy Jackson wouldn't have tolerated it, but might have loosened up a bit with one of Charley Douglass's titter tracks accompanying the attack. Duel averted.
This led me to wonder where else the Laff Box might be utilized to make an aggressively bloodthirsty world a bit lighter:
Hitler - There is no doubt that Der Fuhrer's frenzied speeches might have been softened a bit by Charley Douglass's masterful manipulation of the volume pedal over a solid titter-track.
"I've got some bad news..." - This could always use a laugh track.
This windbag is a poster-child for the use of a laugh track. Could probably make this happen now that he's deaf.
"Hi, we met six to eight weeks ago at a party..." - Definitely in need of a laugh-track...
(A side-note: NEVER Google images of "Pregnant Wife" at work or around children - yikes.)
The Lord's Laugh Track
The possibilities are endless. And since I narrowly lost out in my bid for King in this election, I would like to humbly offer my services to be life's laugh track. I will purchase Charley Douglass's Laff Box and personally hire myself out (at an outrageously exorbitant fee) to come to your home, doctor's office, house of worship, Boy Scout Jamboree, Marriage Counselor, Attorney's office, National Disaster Area, hair salon, comedy club (sadly), political fund-raiser, free-clinic, pet-shelter, wedding, divorce, Hall of Fame induction, funeral or rehab to lighten up the proceedings.
(Cue laugh track)