How to Get TV Show Tickets in Los Angeles
Being part of the audience for the taping of a television show might be the quintessential Hollywood experience. It's a great way to find out how your favorite sitcom or talk show is made, and to catch a glimpse of your favorite TV personalities. Timing is important—remember that many network series go on hiatus between March and July. And tickets to the top shows are in greater demand than others, so getting your hands on them takes planning and possibly some waiting in line. Tickets are always free, usually limited to two per person, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
Some other things to know:
- Several episodes may be shot on a single day, so you may be required to remain in the theater for up to four hours, on top of the recommended one-hour early check-in.
- Many shows don't admit children under the age of 10. In some cases, no one under the age of 18 is admitted.
- The sets of most talk shows are kept at a cool temperature (the hot lights raise the temperature onstage). Be sure to bring a sweater or jacket.
- Dress well—no T-shirts or shorts—and your chances of getting a front-row seat increase dramatically.
Audiences Unlimited (www.tvtickets.com) is a good place to start. It distributes tickets for numerous sitcoms, including One Day at a Time, Fuller House, and more. The company's website and services are well-organized, informative, and fully sanctioned by production companies and networks. ABC, for example, no longer handles ticket distribution directly, referring most inquiries to Audiences Unlimited instead.
1iota (1iota.com) also manages tickets for the major networks. The site has pages for individual shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Voice. Once you put in your request, you may have to wait a few weeks to find out if your tickets have been granted. You'll be notified via email if they are.
TVTix.com (tel. 323/653-4105; www.tvtix.com) distributes tickets for many talk and game shows as well.
Tapings take place at various studios throughout town. In the slides that follow, we've listed some of the top studios, their popular shows, and how to get tickets to see them.
Wheel of Fortune: Less about your skill with the puzzles than your luck spinning the carnival wheel. Log on to www.wheeloffortune.com/jointheshow/.
The Price Is Right: Contestants are chosen from the studio audience to test their shopping expertise. Log on to on-camera-audiences.com/shows/The_Price_is_Right.
The Bubblier, the Better: Be friendly, cheerful, and bright at your audition and during taping. Be good-natured when you lose or make mistakes, and, above all, be exuberant if you win the big money.
Dress for Success: Contestant coordinators look for players who won't alienate viewers. It's awfully hard for a granny in the heartland to relate to a trendy big-city type. So dress as conservatively as possible for your auditions, and avoid wearing white, black, stripes, metallics, or anything else that could require lighting and camera adjustments.
Most Unglamorous Advice: Remember income taxes. Should you be lucky enough to win big, bear in mind that all cash winnings, as well as the retail value of all your prizes, will be reported to the IRS as earnings.