This is kind of interesting. A reader on Reddit recently edited out all the jokes from an episode of FRIENDS and Seinfeld. The result? Both episodes clock in around 3 minutes in their entirety. It’s pretty cool to watch and see how much sitcoms rely on the set-up/punchline routine. The Seinfeld episode was still kind of funny, which I think just shows how good the show was. But I found the FRIENDS episode did a better job of removing the jokes and just leaving plot.
Give em a gander.