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Chuck Klosterman Out with a New Essay Collection, Talks Seriously About Laugh Tracks

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal promoting his new book, Eating the Dinosaur, Klosterman talks about his essay on laugh tracks. When asked about how shows like Saved by Bell abused the laugh track:

With “Saved By the Bell,” it seemed like they were almost putting the laugh track in there to remind you this was actually a real TV show –- that they actually had the budget to pay for the canned laughter. “Saved by the Bell” is probably the first show where a lot of people felt like they were enjoying something for kitsch/ironic value — even if they’re eight.