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Getting Studio Audience Tickets

by Debra Karplus

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You are taking the family to New York City for the first time and are in the process of planning your itinerary. You will be seeing the standard visitor attractions, such as The Statue of Liberty and Central Park, but also want to schedule some indoor activities. The idea of seeing a Broadway play comes to mind, until you discover that an average ticket may cost over $100 per adult.

Or maybe you are headed to the Los Angeles area. The kids will probably want to see Disneyland if they have never been there, but with one-day passes over $90 per adult, only one day may be all that you can afford.

Being part of the studio audience of your favorite television shows is typically free and can be fun, family-friendly and memorable. You will be able to return home in time to view the show in your own living room with interested and curious friends as they munch on popcorn and sip soda.

How do you get tickets to be in the studio audience of a TV show?

If you have a specific show that you enjoy, simply go to their website. Suppose you absolutely love watching Wheel of Fortune, and though you can always outguess the contestants doing the puzzles while playing from home, you know in your heart that you are not "contestant material." Being in the audience could be much fun. Imagine meeting Pat Sajak and Vanna White in person as they banter, joke with contestants, and turn consonants and vowels. You can call or write to Wheel of Fortune to get tickets, but by far, the easiest and quickest way is to get tickets online. Click on You will be linked to where you will find Wheel of Fortune and many other shows seeking audience members for their Los Angeles area tapings, some within a few days from now, such as the Arsenio Hall Show. The site will tell you exactly where to go, the time, and the minimum age to get in, such as eight years old for Wheel. Walk through the steps and print your tickets. It's that simple.

Another website for Los Angeles area tapings which seems more inclusive is You can obtain tickets to sitcoms such as The Millers or Mike and Molly, talk shows such as Dr. Phil, and humorous shows like World's Funniest Videos. They even have free tickets to some special events and award shows for "fillers," people like you to fill the seats. If you ever notice, there are never vacant seats at any of these shows!

Many of your favorite shows are taped in New York City. If you are headed to the Big Apple, get on the website and search "studio audience." There you will be linked to shows you may enjoy watching. You'll find live late night shows which film during the day, such as Saturday Night Live, David Letterman, The Colbert Show, or Jon Stewart, as well as many of your other favorites. Walk through the easy-to-follow steps, and print your tickets from home before you head to NYC.

Though Oprah Winfrey no longer does a daily TV show, there are some shows that film in the Windy City. The Steve Harvey Show is one. Click on to get information about obtaining free tickets.

Being in the studio of other shows can sometimes be tricky.

You may have a television network that you prefer to watch, such as the PBS Create channel which has hours and hours of how-to shows pertaining to cooking, travel, crafts, and home improvement. Many of these shows, especially the cooking shows, have a studio audience. You'll need to click on the show's website to see if there's a way to be at a live taping.

Possibly you thought it might be quite entertaining to be in the studio audience of shows such as Judge Judy. Looking online, you might discover that her audience includes paid people, not curious tourists like you. Similarly, infomercials can be amusing for insomniacs to view at home, but try to get tickets to be one of their overly enthusiastic audience members, and you will likely hit a dead end. These folks, too, are paid professionals and "friends" of the product vendors. So keep your disappointment under control.

Being part of the studio audience of one of your favorite television shows can be a great experience that will create memories. Whether you are a family, a group of friends travelling together or just you, it is a free activity worth including in your travel plans. Check it out!

Debra is an occupational therapist, accountant, teacher and freelance writer. She is a writer for Advance for Occupational Therapy Practitioners. She also writes for Grand Magazine, has some items (fiction and non fiction) selling on (kindle), has written several travel articles for the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette and several articles for and volunteers as a money mentor for the University of Illinois Cooperative Extension money mentoring program. Learn more about her at

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