Writers for the CBS science comedy want to make sure the show gets laughs, and creator Chuck Lorres theory is that if the jokes dont bang with a live audience, its best to change them on the spot.
Lorre says filming in front of a live audience makes the cast and crew vulnerable to the silence of watchers, and he often fixes material in the middle of shooting to make sure people laugh.
He explains, If something we think is funny isnt funny well re-write it and shoot the scene again. If it sucks here, it sucks at home. We do it every week.
Lorre laments that comedy isnt science, so writing the sitcom is mostly guesswork.
But when the jokes jive, the satisfaction is well worth the stress.
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