This is quoted from Robert Llewellyn's Llewtube site: Canned Laughter The most frequently asked by far is about the lack of what is commonly called ‘canned laughter’ or a laughter track on the new series. Just to clarify, the term ‘canned laughter’ really refers to a sound editor using library sound clips of people laughing pasted at strategic points on the soundtrack. Basically it’s cheating, and not something we ever did on Red Dwarf. In the past, every series of Red Dwarf except series 7 was recorded in front of a large audience, this meant that when you watched the show and heard the laughs, the sound was just what happened during the recording. It was something the cast adored doing, but it put the rest of the production under a lot of extra strain and expense. It wasn’t that the audience ‘cost money’ in any direct way, more that in order to shoot the episode fast enough to avoid exhausting the audience, the cast and crew had to rehearse together, timing camera moves as well as actors moves. When we shot the new series it was decided purely on budgetary grounds that this was going to be impossible. There was talk of doing a ‘live show’ but again, this had to be postponed due to budget. Notice I said postponed, there is no news if this will happen but it’s not impossible. The choice the producers then had was to show the finished episodes to a live audience and then record that laughter track and lay it over the show. This is what we did on series 7 and this was not considered a good way to go. It certainly is a different experience watching Red Dwarf without the background enthusiasm of the live audience to guide you, but Red Dwarf has always been a dense and detail filled show, and already people who have watched an episode more than once have said they got so much more out of it the 2nd time.