Comedy Set Optimization
Made by Jacob Weiss
Created: September 15th, 2014
It's an interesting problem space, but I would second Kevin's question about do they not implicitly receive this information from the audience/response? Maybe this is something you could think about integrating. For example, if it wasn't an audio recording but a video playback of the audience reaction would that give them a richer perspective?
Beyond that comedy is much more complex than just the laughs. Depending on the comedian and style, shock, silence, gasps, etc might be the desired reaction at a given time. What if you only showed the stuff that went wrong? That wasn't as expected? What I'm really asking you to consider is how could you be unconventional in your approach but still arrive at a rich outcome?
As a footnote, Viegas's perspective on a 'forceful point of view' isn't about irrefuatable data - its about creating aesthetic forms that encourage people to reconsider their everyday experiences, cultures etc. They are perfectly fine with manipulating data to arrive at an outcome that provokes inquiry.