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Is The Game A Comedy? The Laugh Track Is Just As Confused As We Are

Submitted by on January 19, 2011 – 10:26 am7 Comments

No, this isn’t another analysis of The Game‘s gassed-up drama. After a couple of episodes, it’s evident The Game has yet to figure out if it wants to be a drama or a sitcom. Case in point, the awkward usage of its laugh track. Has anyone noticed that the person responsible for pushing the button o’ laughs hasn’t been educated on when to utilize the machine?

The laugh track is usually used to influence the viewer to laugh at a joke that producers want you to find funny. The problem with the show is that it misses many jokes while pointing others out with no real rhyme or reason. If you find yourself chuckling at a joke Jason Pitts slid in during the show, but heard no laugh track, you’re not the only one. If you were caught off guard by a laugh track at an inappropriate time, trust us, you also weren’t the only one.

What we have gathered is that BET and the writers don’t know if the show should be a comedy or a drama. Which, in turn, damages the show and it’s pacing. By trying to slip in an obvious joke with a laugh track here and there, it undermines the drama (or lack thereof) the show is trying to maintain.

One thing’s for sure—The Game needs to make up its mind soon. The novelty of the show’s return is wearing off. The Game needs to stand on its own two feet as a complete package. The melodrama, Pooch Hall’s acting and the goofy laugh track are all going to stick out like a sore thumb.The show can no longer hide behind the legions of fans who could care less about criticizing and are just happy to see the show on the air.

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