So, like a lot of people my age and probably younger, I grew up on, among other things, old episodes of Scooby Doo. And that show, in many of its incarnations, had a laugh track. Why did a cartoon have a laugh track? I don’t know. I seem to recall thinking that many times it didn’t even sound like human laughter.
The host of the NerdSync channel, being among other things a big Scooby Doo fan, did a deep dive on the subject.
Yeah, just a casual perusal of NerdSync’s videos shows the guy loves all things Scooby Doo, so why not a talk about the laugh track? It turns out there was a reason for it. See below for details.