It's fitting because it is also one of the themes which runs through Canned Laughter
, which has just played Kirkcaldy and opens in Glasgow this week before heading to Aberdeen and Edinburgh.
is a separate soundtrack with the sound of usually genuine audience laughter, but which is often inserted into comedies and sitcoms on television primarily screened in the United States.
by Peter Hay (Oxford University Press, 262 p.
A common one is a crowd of people laughing at something - described as sounding like the canned laughter
we often hear on old TV comedy programmes.
Laboured jokes, insanely OTT canned laughter
and David Mitchell in a distracting Tefal-headed bald wig made for a very long, humourless half hour.
After last week, many viewers tried to throw themselves under one Producers have been accused of using canned laughter
after scripted jokes flopped with the studio audience.
THE BBC has hit back at claims that canned laughter
was edited into the first episode of Top Gear to cover up "awkward silences" from the audience.
They are finding time to work on a new play, Canned Laughter
, which they are bringing to stages throughout Scotland in March next year.
And it can feel a bit like we are harking back to the 70s with the cliched jokes and canned laughter
There are rumbles, whirs, rattles, canned laughter
No one takes themselves more seriously than footballers, so sentence cheats to a day in a sin bin, listening to canned laughter
through headphones, live on Sky Sports News.
It all makes the weaker elements forgivable, like Muppet Show-esque events backstage, canned laughter
and the fact anchor puppet Dougie Colon should be American, not a Vernon Kay clone.
IN this age of sitcoms and over-scripted panel shows stacked with lamentably obvious gags and iced off with a dose of canned laughter
, it's all too easy for stand-up to follow suit.
It frustrates me that I might have to even explain to you who Sarah is, such is the 'hidden' nature of proper comedy in this country, and when I say proper I mean genuinely funny, not canned laughter