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Audience Participation: Let’s do it!


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Have you ever thought to yourself, I wonder what is like to be there in person? What’s there? Being an audience member for your favorite show of course. I will tell you how easy it is to achieve this new adventure. First, geography, most shows are taped either in Los Angeles or New York. If you’re planning a trip to either of these locations, it will be so much fun to be part of a studio audience. Once you know the dates of your travel, you can go on a couple of sites and click on tickets to secure your spot. There may be age minimum and there is always an ID requirement to be able to get in.


You can go on sites like 1iota.com and on-camera-audiences.com as a resource for tickets and see when dates are available to get on your favorite shows. Once you secure the tickets, they send you the directions and requirements and you’re on your way to the taping. I personally can say that it was easy and convenient. My daughter and I went to a local taping of W. Kamau Bell’s “United Shades of America” in 2017. We were in the audience while he did stand up and we were able to see a sneak peek of the first episode of the upcoming season. This was our first audience experience, and it was long but fun. Once the episode aired, it was fun to see our faces in the audience. Another taping experience was when my whole family and I went to the taping of America’s Got Talent in 2019. We ended up sitting in the balcony. Around a month later, the episode aired, and I saw my little red shirt on tv and got happy. It’s the little things.


In 2020, things changed due to Covid and shows went virtual, mostly talk shows. My daughter and I were virtual audience members for The Masked Dancer. One main thing about being a virtual audience member is that you can’t have a virtual background, so make sure you have a clean wall or plain, non-descript type pictures in the background. My daughter has been a virtual audience member for Wendy Williams and The View. Some shows, like the Ellen Show are extremely hard to get tickets but it is a goal, especially for her 12 Days of Christmas shows.

Now that things are easing up and audiences are slowly being able to come back in person, now is the time to investigate getting tickets. If you are planning a vacation for later this year or next, be sure to check out the sites listed above and be part of an audience. It’s fun and you get a behind the scenes look at how your favorites shows are made.

Have you ever been part of an audience? If so, tell us about it.



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