Efficiency in Comedy: The Office vs. Friends
Efficiency in Comedy The Office vs Friends

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Join the Dollar Shave Club ► http://www.dollarshaveclub.com/drew ►NEW MERCH: https://www.drewgoodenshop.com/ An entire episode of Friends without any dialogue: https://twitter.com/drewisgooden/status/991002342005919744 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. Comment whatever feedback you'd like. follow me: twitter - https://www.twitter.com/drewisgooden instagram - https://www.instagram.com/drewisgooden facebook - https://www.facebook.com/drewisgooden twitch - https://www.twitch.tv/drewisgooden "Why Did I Write That Down?" ►https://youtu.be/3bqgDNYcRZc "I Joined Team 10 So You Don't Have To" ►https://youtu.be/lz7UgBP-m7w also it's courtney cox

Comments

WashiestDrop198 : Just imagine if the office had laugh tracks. It would ruin the entire show.

Navin Gupta : Friends sometimes comes off as too cheesy or cringy

Fijigoya 123 : The laugh track was originally created to ease with the transition between stage and tv, because the audience no longer is surrounded by people who laugh at jokes live. The office is about a decade more modern than friends

khursheed ali : The Office is the greatest comedy show that's ever been made. Friends is just "okay". not even close

Elizabeth Griffee : This is my favorite ted talk ever

Poodychulak : I think the format of the two shows is too different to compare. You used the term "joke" and that's very hard to describe in The Office. The intro with Dwight's scheme, is that in itself a singular joke lasting several minutes in which different characters also deliver separate jokes? How are these defined? Friends has a lot less going on. They never play with format, for instance. There are fewer methods for them to engage a viewer, so it's limiting but easier to produce and follow.

erin g : i totally understand why people dont like friends but the nostalgia and the characters just make the show for me. i will always like that show, even though i’ve kind of grown to hate laugh tracks as well.

LoLouv Torres : So basically “Noooo god! No god please no! No! No!.... NOOOOOOOOOOOOO” VS “WE WERE ON A BREAK!!!”

Charlotte Campbell : "Ross whines" is the most accurate description of most of his lines xD

Mikaela : the CPR scene in The Office is hands down one of the funniest scenes in comedy history

Sadgorl Kaitlyn : The office is literally the superior show

olivia ¡ : i think friends is more of an iconic sitcom portraying perfect lives and light hearted humour which is why i really love friends.  the only thing is they're different styles of show, the Office is intended to be a comedy whereas friends is a sitcom. You cant measure the two by personal comedic value. They're both great in different ways, the Office has more long winded humour whereas friends has quippy one liners. Both are funny but thats not an accurate comparison. but damn i love the office so much.

Anza Umair : I love how you can tell he’s smiling/ stopping himself from laughing talking about stress relief part 1

Dysentery Animations : Right before you gave your opinion about friends (9:13), I got an ad, that ad began with _"shutting down people you don't agree with is about as un-american as you can get"_ ... I LOVE IRONIC JUXTAPOSITION!

Michael Bateman : THIS WAS SO COOL I really enjoyed watching a video essay that didn't take itself as seriously as other video essays do. Your comedic sensibilities that you always bring to your videos mesh really well with this format, and I can say that you will probably get a huge new chunk of audience if you keep doing vids like this. Loved it! Keep it up!

Irwingo Sam : The Office vs Seinfeld, that would be a real fight!

hector valdivia : The office is a million times better than Friends

The Dingwall : That's why I hate Nickelodeon sitcoms.....they overuse laugh tracks

Lilah Harvey : You should do a video where you count all the weird things creed has said over the years

Nick Woods : I watch a lot of youtube videos, an incredible amount. I've become very critical of the videos I watch. This is by far one of the best videos I've ever watched. everything about it is amazing. Commentary was emotional and entertaining, analysis was very well done, and you kept your comedic tone. A+ video Drew. Would love to see more like this.

grac4750 grac4750 : That episode when everyone was jacked up on espresso and everyone started attacking the carpet.

Cinder LeaF : The office will always win, no matter what anyone else says.

Macho Toast1122 : Parks and Rec and The Office are my two favorite shows, mainly because of no laugh track

Leo Lunchbox : To me friends is that one show that's always on in the hotel room that you watch as a kid while on a road trip. Ps: also i know someone that likes the big bang theory; my grandma.

Khadija Elboushi : Drew you can’t compare Friends with the office, friends is good it’s the OG of sitcoms but the office is everything humanity ever needed

Clorox Bleach : Modern Family and Brooklyn Nine-Nine are my favourite comedy shows

Doctor Nintendo : The only place it works is Fraiser

Adam Thomson : Y'all got duped, this ain't an analysis vid, it's a comedy vid Drew Gooden > The Office & Friends

Ryan Brown : OHHHHHH you're the road work ahead guy??? I was wondering why your voice sounded familiar.

Jared Grillo : Add laugh tracks to your videos now thanks

Lucifer Satan : And also, when we hear laugh tracks, we’re actually hearing dead people laughing. 🤯😐

Ntandokazi Mngomeni : I was 1:54 minutes in this video until I realized it was drew gooden’s

VJR 22_6 : I'd like to let you know in my health class, which was required for high school graduation, we were taught CPR by WATCHING THIS SCENE from the office.

The Greenest Field : Controversial opinion alert: I- *advertisement starts*

Ned Kuczmynda : Characters glancing at the camera is the Office's laugh track

Pilar Montano Gavira : which do you prefer? like= the office reply= friends

That One Lady : I absolutely love The Office. Still watch it at bed time a lot. It just has so many layers & depth to it when you get into it. The characters were picked perfectly. I am a long time Friends fan but, definitely doesnt come close to the comedy of The Office

Galade Melan : okay Drew, who's not a good actor in Friends, speak up

Speccy SquareGoLike : This is why Malcolm in the Middle is a show. Edit: *Good show. I decided to not change my original comment, cuz I thought it was funny.

Dolly : I hate ross but u made me realize that schwimmer's portrayal is underrated

Sarah O : Liked for the pie chart where the majority was "Ross whines"

M3rger : I love both shoes but The Office is the clear winner in my opinion. I do think that Friends kept a good show going longer without it ruining it

Manny Rockwell : *I’m so glad u picked stress relief pt 1, it’s literally the BEST episode for me too 🙏*

Danny Collins : I like both shows🤷🏻‍♂️

Justin Y. : My favorite Quote from the office: "It's called hentai. And it's art."

Jaelyn Fonseca : I love the office I also am truly Greg Jk i know u aren't Danny Gonzales

Hayley Tran : “Most of you clicked off when I started rambling about math” WHOEVER DID SO IS WRONG math is amazing

Livia Marques : I mean I get what you're saying but you're comparing two completely different premises of shows. Greg Daniels has said multiple times that he never wanted "jokes". There's some interviews where the writers talk about it. The filming is also widely different. The Office would never work as a joke+laugh format. Friends was filmed with a live audience, and the actors have talked about how they tested the jokes then - so the show is basically edited in the version that worked best. And obviously, in that format, they need the breaks after the jokes. They're just totally different styles - and both are probably gonna live on for years to come. Also, I am now wondering which one of the Friends' actors you don't think is good, haha.

Sukanya Ghosh : I actually like The Big Bang Theory