I, along with other cast members of the Jupiter Mining Vessel Red Dwarf, have been deluged with appreciative comments for the past week, it's been lovely and don't feel any pressure to stop.
However there have been comments about how some people don't appreciate what they describe as 'canned laughter.'
It is a fact that Red Dwarf has never used 'canned laughter.' I completely understand what people are saying but it's possible selective memory is having an effect here. If you check this clip from series 3Shrinking Boxers - Red Dwarf - BBC comedy
You will notice the laughter track is very much in evidence. The scene, like today with Red Dwarf X, was recorded in front of a live audience.
'Canned laughter' was a system devised in the early days of television where single camera shooting meant it wasn't possible for an audience to witness the process, it's really slow and boring.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laugh_track
Since the early 1960's and multi camera studios, most sit-coms are recorded in front of a live audience, as is Red Dwarf. The laughter you are hearing is that of the audience in the studio.
A possible criticism is that the laughter track, the audience is recorded on a series of microphones hanging above the seating banks, is mixed overly loud at some points of the show. That is, I suppose a matter of taste and down the the discretion of the editor and director.
The essential point is, Red Dwarf has never used canned laughter, even series 7, shot using single camera techniques, was shown to a large audience and their laughter was recorded and added to the final sound track.