I actually caught a few minutes of Fox News' supposed answer to the Daily Show, the "1/2 Hour Comedy Hour" (you can see clips here). First off, as you can tell, it's incredibly not funny. So far from funny that funny isn't even in sight. Even conservatives, apparently, are trashing it.
Now you might say, well Paul, you're just a soft-headed liberal, so you wouldn't laugh at conservative humor no matter how good it was. Maybe. But I think even Fox knows how unfunny it is. How do I know? The laugh track.
The laugh track on "The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour" is about as in-your-face as it gets, so ridiculously over the top that it's almost the only thing about the show that is funny. As far as the laugh track is concerned, every joke on the show, no matter how lame, is just about the funniest thing it's ever heard.
But why would you need a laugh track at all? The Daily Show doesn't need one - they have a studio audience who laughs at the jokes. But "The 1/2 Hour Comedy Hour" has a studio audience, too. If they were laughing, you wouldn't need a laugh track. But they obviously aren't.