Jennifer’s Guide to Late-Night TV Tapings

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For the first couple of weeks I was here, my internship only needed me on the weekends. So what did I do? I went to every late-night talk show taping I could get my hands on, which turned out to be Chelsea LatelyThe Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Here’s what I learned.

1. If you want to go, then go! Tickets are free and not overly difficult to come by, at most you just need a bit of patience. Google the ones you want to see and then sign up for tickets–odds are good that you’ll get them.

2. Show up earlier than you think you’ll have to. Yay, you have tickets! Now grab a book, Rubik’s Cube, or some knitting and plan on hanging out for a while. Alex and I went to Chelsea Lately an hour and a half before it said to be there, thinking that would be more than enough time. We were the 19th and 20th people in line, but we were the last two admitted into the theatre. It was a bit of a fluke, there were other people with priority tickets, but still. Don’t mess around. Get there early so you can get in.

3. Dress to impress. Most Late Night shows catch the first two or three rows of the audience in the occasional shot. The ushers seat nicely-dressed people where they’ll be seen. Even though Alex and I were the last two into the theatre, they put us in the second row!

4. Keep an eye on the emcee. Each show has some sort of emcee or warm-up comedian to get the audience going before the host comes out. These emcees also give out free stuff. Keep an eye on them, and when they have stuff in their hands, be the happiest, most enthusiastic audience member ever. You’ll end up with late show swag.

Now go! Have fun! These things are like big parties and totally worth the time you’ll spend waiting outside.

To find out who is going to be on which show, you can look at this website:

Happy taping!



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