meaning of "Canned applause"


#1

There’s a fragment of a song that says: " I like canned aplause". I looked up the word canned and it means stereotyped. I deduce that is something like the audience is not satisfied but it’s pretending that they are.
Or is it an idiom?


#2

Hi Ralahpik

I imagine that “canned applause” is “prerecorded applause”. This might be added to the sound track of something recorded in a studio so that it sounds like it was recorded in front of a live audience (rather than in a studio). And, yes, it would be done in order to suggest that there was an enthusiastic audience listening.

I’d say that “canned laughter” is probably a more commonly used expression. This is the prerecorded laughter that you often hear in sit-coms.
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#3

Gracias Yankee!


#4

In the song you’re referring to, he says “candy floss” - not “canned applause”.


#5

Spot on :slight_smile: I mean there is quite a difference between candy floss and canned laughter. By the way, I do you know which song the Ralaphik is referring to?


#6

If you are at all interested in the history of “canned applause” or the “laff box” as it is also known, this podcast is very entertaining and informative:


#7

Well I just looked up the lyrics again and apparently it is canned applause smh. I swear to f-ing God I looked it up years ago and it said it was candy floss (because I originally thought canned applause and had to retrain my brain to think candy floss whenever I’m singing along).

Doesn’t Remind Me https://g.co/kgs/aAyv8j

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#8

I’m still trying to find the connection between canned applause and candy floss :sweat_smile:.