The Big Bang Theory is much funnier when you replace the studio audience with Ricky Gervais laughing

Gervais adds a certain something to Sheldon and co's comedic efforts

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The Big Bang Theory is one of those sitcoms that divides an audience into two groups – those who love it and those who loathe it.

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No matter which side of that divide you’re on, chances are you’re just a little tired of canned laughter in comedies and think they’d be a whole lot better without it.

But don’t just take it from us; try watching Big Bang with the studio audience replaced by just Ricky Gervais cackling away.

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We think it’s a marked improvement.