How to Get Tickets to Events with Live Tapings
Have you ever wanted to go see one of your favorite TV shows live? I remember watching things like Saturday Night Live or Jerry Springer and wondering how you go about being an audience member for a live taping. Well, I found out that most of these shows are free to go see. You can write in for tickets or take your chances standing in line on the day and hope to get in. Most of these shows will offer tickets on their websites as well. The key is to get your tickets well in advance of the dates you will be going. A lot of shows book at least 4 to 6 weeks in advance, with some of the more popular shows having a year or two waiting list. You don’t always get the option to choose your dates.
If you want to take a shot at waiting in the standby lines, a tip I was given was to show a lot of enthusiasm because the production assistants tend to peruse the line of potential audience members and will pick those who will are full of energy. Also, you have a better chance of getting in on days when the weather is bad.
When trying to get tickets from the shows website, some shows tickets tend to be released gradually. So it pays to keep going back to the site to check for newly available tickets.
Consider joining the mailing list or fan club for your favorite shows, You will be sent offers and information regarding when tapings will take place, along with other relevant information.
Things to keep in mind
Attending a taping is a lot longer than the actual show as it appears on TV. You can end up spending close to 4 hours for the whole event. So make sure you plan wisely around that. The wait can get longer if you are choosing to wait in the standby line.
Most shows require you to be 18 or over and you will need to have a photo I.D. Regardless if you have gotten your tickets in advance or not.
Check the show’s taping schedule. Some shows will tape Monday through Friday, some tape 3 days aweek, and make sure you know when taping time begins. For example, a show may start taping at 6:30pm but you can collect your tickets at 2:30pm and then told when to return to be let in, usually a couple of hours before the show starts to allow for security, check in and seating.
If you are after getting yourself seen on one of these shows, not as guest but an audience member, it’s a good idea to wear colors that are bright and bold so you are easy to spot and can show your friends and family where you are. Just make sure your clothes don’t have any logos visible and follow any dress codes given on the shows website. Just because you have a ticket doesn’t mean you can’t be turned away for showing up wearing shorts and no shirt.
Trying to pick a show to go to can be hard because there are so many of them out there to choose from. If you want to be one of those audience members who gets to participate, pick a show that you know enough about. This way you get to ask questions, participate in any audience related games and just have an overall joyful experience.