I agree on Emeril needing a live audience. Even with his other show, The Essence of Emeril, he runs the show similar to Emeril Live as if he had a live audience. He doesn't, but it is similar to having one.
I've alson noticed he's not real subtle when it comes to teleprompters or stage crew advising of time before commercial. It's funny on the Essence show because as commercial approaches, you see his eyes darting to various locales other then the camera. It is very noticeable because Essence is a more intimate setting with more close up shots then Live.
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