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Tyler Perry is hiring for television laugh tracks

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Tyler Perry is offering to pay for your laughter.

The Tyler Perry Studios Extras Casting Department needs men and women 18 and older to participate in the recording of a studio audience. In other words, to provide the laugh track for Perry’s television shows. Basically, you show up, a comedian entertains you for a while, you split your sides laughing and the studio people record it so they’ll have laugh tracks. Ha!

If interested you need to be available for four to six hours on Friday. The recording takes place at Tyler Perry Studios here in Atlanta and the pay is $50.

To sign up see TPSExtras.com and click on the “Audience Member Information” tab for full details. If they select you, they’ll call.

Keep in mind there are numerous policies surrounding this laughing gig. First, don’t think you’re going to show up with an entourage. You’ll need to provide legal ID and only those persons previously contacted will be admitted.

Second, don’t think you’re going to be posting pictures of you and Tyler on your Facebook page. Oh, no. Photography is banned.

Third, after your experience as a Tyler Perry laugh tracker, you need to take it to your grave. Perry makes you sign a hefty confidentiality agreement saying you won’t spill any details. The agreement expressly bans talking to the Los Angeles Times, New York Times or New York Post. (But not the AJC?)

Anyway, this sounds like an amusing way to make 50 bucks. Good luck!

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

67 comments Add your comment

Fran Davenport

February 23rd, 2012
9:20 am

Dwaan? Let’s do this! Call in sick tomorrow.

DWAAN

February 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

Loves this Fran….LOVE LOVES LOVES LOVES!! cough cough, sniffle sniffle

Eric

February 23rd, 2012
9:34 am

Darn!!!!! The one time that I actually have something to do at work.

deej

February 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

Imagine if the lines in the REAL show were actually funny, then those watching on television would not need prompting to laugh. Just imagine.

JJ

February 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

So that comes to a little more than $8 an hour?

Randall

February 23rd, 2012
9:42 am

Seriously? $50 for four to six hours, and all those stipulations. Hell to the naw!!! lol

Cammi317

February 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

I’d take a vacation day and do it just for the sake of doing so, if I weren’t so busy this week.

SPBBBMBBSTBarlow

February 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

I’ll be there…tough times, need $50

Jennifer Brett

February 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

Super Paul this one has your name on it!

Jennifer

Wendell Gary

February 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

Good things Tyler… very creative … to pay for someone’s laughter!

Odnalram

February 23rd, 2012
10:08 am

Dang, what ever happened to live audiences with real laughter? The laugh tracks on his shows are horrible. If it’s funny people will laugh. If it’s not…then you use a laugh track.

Redbone

February 23rd, 2012
10:21 am

You go Tyler!!!!! I need $50.00 right now!

Minstral Show

February 23rd, 2012
10:23 am

This is just too easy. Way to put this one up on a tee Jennifer. The jokes are so easy on this that even a hack like Perry could get a laugh.

pcBobby

February 23rd, 2012
10:39 am

I think he’s much better at marketing than he is at creativity, but this young chap found a niche audience. Well, God bless him. Still, paying for laughs resulting from comedians and then inserting the laughs into his “sitcoms,” is totally unethical, disingenuous and corny.

jobless

February 23rd, 2012
10:42 am

This will be good for a friend of mine that is jobless!

lisasue

February 23rd, 2012
10:42 am

pcBobby, Tyler is not the first. Don’t you see that a great many tv shows use laugh tracks. this is the norm when the show isn’t taped in front of a live audience.

pcBobby

February 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

@lisasue
True and they’re all unethical as well. Laugh tracks are cheesy.

sarah

February 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

YOU WORKINFOLKS!!!! GO tO WORK!!!!…..AND THE RETIRED HAVEIT..SHAME ON YA’LL!!!!!!!!!!

BigJakeIce

February 23rd, 2012
11:13 am

Ditto that, Super Paul! Me loves to laugh!

anonymous

February 23rd, 2012
11:18 am

Laugh tracks have been used since television’s first comedy shows. Here’s potential lil money for SOME FOLKS who could use it. Plus give them a break from stuff if they need that.

YET, here we got bitter-at-life people calculating the hourly rate, criticizing like they ALWAYS do, complaining about things they have NOTHING to do with, things that DO NOT affect them in ANY WAY!

You people, go back to your lying, cheating, selfish messed up ways! 6 hours. 16 hours! Either way, this in money going into people’s pockets which will then find its way into our little economy!

AND STFU!

Hired

February 23rd, 2012
11:46 am

I’ve been booked and Im excited…get to make $50 and do something different!

TRUTH

February 23rd, 2012
11:47 am

Dang it!! Dang it!! Dang it!! Now if he wants to hire me too write a funny movie for him, I can do that!!!

Frank Grimm

February 23rd, 2012
12:08 pm

If Perry wasn’t so CHEAP, he’d hire a professional to laugh track his shows, rather than pay a measly $50 to attempt to get genuine laughs from a studio audience. To all you people signed up to do the laugh track, it will be a loooooong day.

Ivan Cohen

February 23rd, 2012
12:37 pm

Right, like How I Met Your Mother, Two and Half Men along with Mike & Molly don’t use laugh tracks. All In The Family, Sanford & Son and Good Times were filmed live before a studio audience. If a scene was funny, one would not need to prompted to laugh via a laugh track. Laugh tracks say, hey you, that was funny, why aren’t you laughing. $50.00 ain’t enough money and the “prestige” associated with being a laugh tracker on a Tyler Perry show will fade real quick. Numerous policies, what numerous polices? Those are strings attached and they strangle.

Ms. V. Roberts

February 23rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I don’t care what all of these critics say, Mr. Tyler Perry in an awesome man and and a genius. If I am called, I will be leaving there and going directly to Southlake AMC Theater to watch his movie…”Good Deeds”. As a matter of fact, this is another one of his good deeds that he created to help a whole lot of struggling people like me earn an extra $50. If I never get a chance to meet him in person, I just want him to know that I absolutely love him and I will always be praying God’s blessings upon him. Maybe one day I will be rewarded like he was as I keep believing in God and I will forever keep DREAMING!!!

mitzymy

February 23rd, 2012
1:23 pm

Tyler Perry is very creative and talented. He tries to hire Atlantans as much as possible, both black and white, when they fit the story line. $50 is not a lot of money, but it is sufficient when all you have to do is sit and laugh at the comedian. Laugh tracks have been used for years on all shows. Producers can’t count on people to laugh when they are supposed to, so they insert laugh tracks. It takes regular audience members too long to respond, while they sit and digest what they just heard, but the laugh has to be spontaneous.. Some are not that focused. Even on the Comedy Central Shows, you can see where they insert laugh tracks, because if you look close, you can hear people laughing when the camera focuses on the audience, no one is laughing. So don’t bash Tyler for using an age old practice to make his shows come alive.

Mike

February 23rd, 2012
1:25 pm

Don’t you just love all the haters who took the time to post their knowledge here. It’s actually an opportunity to hear some funny jokes, meet some people, have a good time and make a few bucks for laughing. I don’t see the haters here doing anything but posting negativity. Way to go Tyler. Keep doing positive things in your community.

MeaneyMouse

February 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

Here’s my audition tape: bbbbbbbbbhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaa /(*. .*)\

Kim Kardashian

February 23rd, 2012
1:38 pm

Its fun guys!
Tyler thanks again for the acting opportunity.
The $50 I gain was used towards my divorce party.

Scratch n Sniff

February 23rd, 2012
1:39 pm

This is so very wrong. If you have to pay someone to laugh for you, then you have way too much money and serious problems.

Scratch n Sniff

February 23rd, 2012
1:40 pm

Oh, if the jokes are so funny, why not use them in his shows?

Diary of a weird man

February 23rd, 2012
1:43 pm

Jennifer?…..Don’t you feel a little dirty for being the mouthpiece for Tyler Perry?

Jennifer Brett

February 23rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Dear Diary (ha!)

My job is to write about celebrities in Atlanta. Tyler Perry is a celebrity in Atlanta.

So, to answer your question: no.

Jennifer

LaQuidra

February 23rd, 2012
2:00 pm

Will Tyler Perry be there? I want to meet him so I can break in to acting in his movies or TV shows it would be so exciting to meet him and work with such a grate man! Those haters hear just need to go a way!

LaQuidra

February 23rd, 2012
2:48 pm

Jarvis

February 23rd, 2012
2:54 pm

Jennifer Brett
February 23rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Dear Diary (ha!)

My job is to write about celebrities in Atlanta. Tyler Perry is a celebrity in Atlanta.

So, to answer your question: no.

Jennifer

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Really?

Yesterday’s blog was titled: “Do you prefer to fly first class?”
Not to mention about 67 blog entries about Whitney Houston was not in Atlanta when she died, nor was her funeral or burial.

woodrow

February 23rd, 2012
2:59 pm

Nobody laughs here. If you do somebody might steal it.

Jennifer Brett

February 23rd, 2012
3:31 pm

Jarvis, you’re correct. My repertoire includes other topics sometimes.

Jennifer

Valerie

February 23rd, 2012
3:32 pm

I’m signing up for that ! $50 bucks! LOL ! :)

Davo

February 23rd, 2012
3:46 pm

They should go to the mission and get people who really need the money. Homeless people laugh too, you just need to give them a reason.

fes

February 23rd, 2012
4:04 pm

maybe if his shows were funny they wouldn’t need a laugh track.

Extra Strength Tyler-nol

February 23rd, 2012
4:18 pm

Wonder what Mr. Perry is paying the comedian…?

Roxie Barber

February 23rd, 2012
4:35 pm

Great job Mr. Perry!! I love your heart and your entertainment,always looking out for others. May God continue to bless you!!

TheAntiMe

February 23rd, 2012
5:52 pm

I guess I may be in the minority but I can do without the laughtrack. I will always remember how after every episode of The Jeffersons you would hear Isabel Sanford say, “The Jeffersons was recorded before a live studio audience.” And she would say it with a very proud and almost giddy tone. Tyler Perry (and many others), you may be highly successful but you’re not exactly moving on up with that laughtrack.

LOL

February 23rd, 2012
6:19 pm

It’ll cost 50 bucks just to get there and back for most people…

Gwinnett Mom

February 23rd, 2012
6:44 pm

Have you seen where they are having this? Next to Greenbriar mall where their is shootings once a day. No way would I go there for this. I value my live.

Justin

February 23rd, 2012
6:58 pm

@ Gwinnett Mom

That is your choice, but I don’t think the Tyler Perry is going to sweat it that you aren’t coming.

Gwinnett Mom

February 23rd, 2012
7:15 pm

I dont thing Tyler Perry wants “us” there.

One Who Knows

February 23rd, 2012
7:16 pm

Why caint he have his studio in Buckhead? We dont like to travel to the southside…

OldTimer

February 23rd, 2012
7:38 pm

Is it just me or is TP putting on the pounds?