‘The Big Bang Theory’ season 8 video: See Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, cast discuss tapings

The Big Bang TheoryThere is a new episode of “The Big Bang Theory” airing on Thursday night, but how about this as an added treat right now? As a part of the recent “Now That’s Funny” special on CBS, you get a chance to take a look behind the scenes at what is one of the most fascinating parts of this show: Doing it in front of a live studio audience.

To this day, we hear conspiracy theorists out there saying that “nobody laughs at these jokes,” and claiming that the show just uses a generic laugh track. Not the case. Every episode is filmed in front of a live studio audience, and some of them have traveled from all over the world just to ensure that they have a chance to see an episode. There are warm-up comics designed to prepare the audience, and there are prize giveaways and so much more than occur between takes. When the cast comes out, it is a big moment that generates massive applause.

In the video below, many of the cast members, including Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, and more, discuss how this structure really helps the show with its energy, and how they understand the importance of performing well in front of this crowd. Meanwhile, they also speak to the “genius” of executive producer Chuck Lorre, who discusses how he still enjoys doing these 22-minute shows. He really has to, given that he has four of them currently on the air. With “Two and a Half Men” airing its finale next month, that number will be down to three soon enough.

New episodes of “The Big Bang Theory” will begin taping again this month; Cuoco spent her hiatus having surgery, but she should be recovered in plenty of time to play Penny once again for the show.

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