Efficiency in Comedy: The Office vs. Friends

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  • Published on:  Monday, April 30, 2018
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    An entire episode of Friends without any dialogue:

    I think we can all agree that laugh tracks are terrible. They're obnoxious, unnecessary, and an obvious waste of time- but exactly how much time? How much of an average episode of a sitcom like Friends is JUST laughter? That's the question I attempt to answer in this video.

    This video was one I've been slowly writing for a few months, and one I had a ton of fun making. I know it's very different than anything I've put on this channel so I'm hoping you guys are on board. As you can probably tell, this was heavily inspired by the style of nerdwriter1 (https://youtu.be/3hZ_ZyzCO24), one of my personal favorite youtubers.

    It's a weird video because it combines comedy and math- two things that are very different. But if you've followed me on here for a while, you know that math is a strangely consistent theme in a lot of my videos. For some reason a love of statistics is deeply ingrained in my brain and there's just nothing you can do to change that so stop trying please.

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  • Drew Gooden
    Drew Gooden  a years ago +9454

    thanks for watching guys, I know this video is different from my usual format but I'm really happy with it. Also don't forget to use my link so dollar shave club doesn't regret paying me :-)

  • patriots is raw
    patriots is raw  2 hours ago

    Laugh tracks are fucking obnoxious

  • Jason Millsom
    Jason Millsom  3 hours ago

    To be fair the zoom ins in the office can be considered as a waste 😂jk the zoom in adds to the joke

  • sunstripe85
    sunstripe85  5 hours ago

    This makes me want to randomly jump to season 5 episode 14 of every series that has it and see how that compares to each other in quality, and for the series I don't follow, if I even know wtf is going on lol Also, I love the way Drew does sponsorships - I actually wait around to watch them because they amuse me instead of skipping as I occasionally do for ones where I know the company and don't need to hear a 10th ad for it that day when most youtubers are less creative in their way of sharing the information

  • hujjer
    hujjer  8 hours ago

    Thanks for them comic sanses

  • QuickSilver
    QuickSilver  13 hours ago

    I think the thing that I dislike about Friends is that its way of making the audience laugh is by putting the characters into really uncomfortable situations. It almost feels like you have to laugh just to keep from feeling awkward, rather than laughing because you genuinely found something funny. A good example of this is the episode where Rachel has a job interview and for some reason she reads the situation wrong and leans in to kiss the guy interviewing her. That's not funny, that's just super weird!

  • Eshan Bhatt
    Eshan Bhatt  14 hours ago

    I hate laugh tracks more than anything in the entire world

  • Mr.WiltGaming
    Mr.WiltGaming  18 hours ago

    Watched both shows and the Office is much funnier period.

  • James Travis
    James Travis  20 hours ago

    Friends is funny though. From as objective a stand point as one can say in that they earn a lot of the jokes. And obviously the office is heavily based on it’s documentary format. So comparing how it uses reality and form to enhance the joke is not fair, because it is set up as a documentary. You know friends is a sit com with an audience so you just treat it as such. And it allows different types of jokes. You can’t make hyper real storylines like in friends without clearly breaking the immersion with an audience because it would be awkward, but that doesn’t make it less funny it just means they wouldn’t work otherwise. The office wouldn’t work without the documentary feel, it’s what reveals the characters, it’s the fact they know there’s an audience and that you know they know that makes their fuck ups so funny.
    Anyway, it’s not a useful argument, it’s just your opinion. I think they slightly hit the nail on the head of a mature format. Now we get it, it’s slightly old news. Whereas the office was new. But now it’s overdone. Anyway....

  • BlackoutKalico Beta
    BlackoutKalico Beta  20 hours ago

    Friends filmed in front of live audience very often

  • Chad Loveland
    Chad Loveland  yesterday

    When you said The Big Bang theory is the world's worst show, I subscribed.

  • MoonKookie
    MoonKookie  yesterday

    I was distracted and the video started on autoplay , 1.5x speed , the way i listened to the last one and I have watched the whole video and haven't realised it was you drew until the end wtf i was so shocked how did i not realise lmao

  • Hiatt Purcell
    Hiatt Purcell  yesterday

    i still consider this Drews best vid

  • agus h
    agus h  yesterday

    Seinfeld won

  • mikeyjaynes92
    mikeyjaynes92  yesterday

    Ross honestly was my favorite character. Despite being annoying

  • Balance God
    Balance God  yesterday

    So why do people always hate on the Big Bang theory? I get that the recent seasons have been lame, repetitive, and full of laugh tracks... But the first half of the show was pretty entertaining.

  • Esti Obel
    Esti Obel  2 days ago

    Because MATH is FUN!

  • House.of.Balloons_ _
    House.of.Balloons_ _  2 days ago +3

    I ignore the laugh track and still enjoy friends

  • rose191991
    rose191991  2 days ago

    sorry but for me this video is part of cancel culture...why so much hate on fake laughter? 😳 if its bothers u so dont watch it...other ppl are ok with thats why friends, bbt etc are popular...

  • Alexfolledemoi
    Alexfolledemoi  2 days ago

    Would be interesting to compare friends to himym because it's sort of the same format/premise, but one is objectively better than the other.