His name was Charles Rolland Douglass but his friends called him Charley. In the late 50s, he created a machine that every American network needed, and he called it the Laff Box.
If you watched television between 1960 and 1980, you’ve most likely heard his work. He was the guy that added the laughter and applause to sitcoms. You know his work as the laugh track or canned laughter.
Show notes and links:
- Laugh track – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)
- Charles Douglass – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (wikipedia.org)
- Ben Glenn II, Television Historian – The Paris Review (theparisreview.org)
- Who’s Laughing Now? The History of the Sitcom Laugh Track (indiewire.com)
- Watch Full Episodes Online of Antiques Roadshow on PBS (pbs.org)
- The Mystery of the Laff Box – thebaronblog (wordpress.com)
- Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy: Kliph Nesteroff: 9780802123985: Amazon.com: Books (amazon.com)
- UFO sighting: NASA images show Martian ‘walled city’ ruins : Headlines : Headlines & Global News (hngn.com)