Hey friends! Today, I thought I would share my tips and tricks on how to attend a TV show taping! My fiance and I had the pleasure to attend a taping of Jimmy Kimmel in April of 2016. I know, this is quite the belated post but it’s been on my mind lately so I thought I’d share some tips on how to attend a TV show taping and my experience! Being in the audience during a taping gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how your favorite talk shows are actually produced while providing a look at your favorite stars up close and personal.These tips are specific for a Jimmy Kimmel show since that’s what I have experienced so if other talk shows have different ways of getting on the show that you know about, feel free to share your tips in the comments!
How To Attend A TV Show Taping In Los Angeles
Do Your Research
Have a specific talk show in mind that you’d like to see? Do some research to see if a taping is being filmed while you’re in the area. About a month before we left for Los Angeles to visit my family, my fiance started researching talk shows in the area and we found the Jimmy Kimmel had some tapings available to see! We also had a spare couple days in which we could do it. So, after you have your talk show picked out and verified they had available dates that work for you…
Sign Up To Receive Tickets
Sign up to receive some tickets to the show! You’ll want to do this a good amount of time before your trip to be placed on the waitlist. It’s completely FREE to see a show! Some shows do distribute their own tickets via their websites but most use ticket agencies such as Audience Unlimited and 1iota. We signed up to receive Jimmy Kimmel tickets through 1iota. After filling out the form, we were placed on a waitlist for the April 28, 2016 show and found out that we received the tickets a couple days later!Did you know you can be in a talk show audience for free? Here are some tips on how to get your free tickets and how to make your experience rememberable. Click To Tweet
Almost every single studio will overbook the tickets in order to guarantee there will not be an empty seat in the audience. Don’t expect to arrive an hour before the taping and get whisked right into an empty seat because that will not happen. We waited in line for Jimmy Kimmel for three and 1/2 hours before they started letting people into the building and then another hour and 1/2 inside the building waiting to be seated!
Budget Your Time
As you’ve just learned, you’ll be spending a lot of time waiting in line. You’ll also be spending a significant amount of time during the show! I believe we were in the audience for about 3 hours, and that includes the taping (with Chadwick Boseman)/re-takes/the concert afterward (we saw Nick Jonas!). Needless to say, be sure to eat before getting in line and get some food right away afterward.
Read the rules for the studio – There was a pretty strict dress code for Jimmy Kimmel and that we didn’t realize that until we were standing in line for the show. One of the rules was that no shorts were allowed (even though it was in Southern California) and Christopher was wearing shorts! Luckily, they agreed to sit us near the back of the audience so no one even noticed.
Wear a sweater – It can be FREEZING inside the studio to counterbalance the hot studio lights so bring along a light jacket or a sweater. It won’t be fun to sit there for three hours shivering.
Be enthusiastic – You’ll have to laugh on demand and shut up on demand. Often times, if the audience laughter isn’t loud enough, they’ll make you redo it a few times so don’t be afraid to be loud and extra excited. There’s usually a warm-up act for the audience before the taping begins to help you relax and be able to laugh on demand.
I hope you found this helpful! Have you been on a talk show before? What did you think? Overall, I thought it was a great experience (I mean, we got to see Chadwick Boseman, Jimmy Kimmel, and NICK JONAS for free! Who can complain?) and it’s definitely one you should check out if you have the urge.