On Friday, in response to my review of Whitney, Mark asked “What’s wrong with single-camera comedies?” (or something like it). Okay, let’s set out some definitions. Here’s 30 Rock as a single-camera comedy.
And here’s 30 Rock as a multi-camera comedy.
You’ll notice, for starters, that the multi-camera comedy
- Is shot on video, looks cheaper and is over-lit
- Has a studio audience guffawing at almost everything
- Has performances geared towards a guffawing studio audience and ensuring that the people at the back of the studio can hear what’s being said
- Largely is stuck indoors
- Not as funny
Okay, you might not be able to tell those last two instantly from those clips, but my points stand. Nevertheless, for much of sitcom history, multi-camera has been the way things have been done, single the rarity, so some might prefer it to single-camera.
So today’s question is:
Do you generally prefer single- or multi-camera comedies?