How ‘Last Man Standing’ Keeps a Studio Audience Mid-Pandemic: Plexiglass Booths

Jennifer Maas
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After nine seasons and two networks, “Last Man Standing” will take its final bow this spring on Fox. And, as you might imagine, shooting the last episodes of a multi-cam sitcom during a pandemic is not as much fun — mainly because a large studio audience is no longer safe. But the Tim Allen comedy was actually able to keep the real-life laughter coming in a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19: individual plexiglass booths for 18 paid “laughers” in the audience. “I cannot emphasize the impact a studio audience has,” “Last Man Standing” showrunner Kevin Abbott told TheWrap. “So it took a little bit of working around things. But ultimately, we brought in laughers. And they’re up in the audience in their own little plastic booths, like the booths from ‘The $64,000 Question.’ They’re sealed off in these things, but they can laugh, and the actor can at least hear them, so they get the rhythms back.” Also Read: 'Last Man Standing' Season 9 Premiere: There's One Thing Mike Baxter Loves About the Pandemic (Exclusive Video) Those 18 laughers on “Last Man Standing” are tested regularly and follow the same safety protocols as everyone else on set, an...

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