Interesting one, this. Watch Series III, and note that the audience laughter is really very prominent at times – the shrinking boxer shorts, the Toffee Crisp and Milkshake, Hudzen 10 breaking a brick with his willy, and so on.
In Series IV, however, the audience reaction seems quite understated. I can’t think of any standout reactions like the above (can any of you lot?) – but also the audience just seems far more quiet throughout the episodes. For some reason, White Hole stands out to me – it’s widely regarded as a classic episode, but it gets relatively little audience reaction. Particularly the “A White Hole?” scene – one of the best ever moments in Dwarf, but hardly anything from the audience. Presumably it was shown on monitors, as it relies so much on editing, but even taking that into account, surely it warrants more of a response than it gets?
Is this just a question of how the sound was mixed in the edit suite? Or did IV genuinely have less of a reaction from the audience? I wanna know!