We applied online for tickets to see the taping of The Tonight Show and when we received the confirmation, we called The Tonight Show to find out how the taping works and we were told that the email ticket is not a guaranteed seat - basically entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis whether or not you have an email confirmation; the "theater" seats 385 people; they open at 10:30 am. and most people arrive around 1 pm. We arrived at noon and there were already over 50 people waiting, sitting on the stone planter walls in the holding area. We got the last two wall spaces. Those who arrived after us had to stand. Around 1:30 pm, a page arrived, lined us up in the holding area and after a short wait, walked us to Studio 11 where we went through security and were given a number. Then we waited in a covered area with bench seating. Everyone had to sit in order of the number we received. The pages checked 2-3 times to make sure we were in number order. We were finally taken inside and seated in the studio at 3:45 pm, and the taping started at 4 pm. The show is taped live, with pauses for commercials - just like on TV, and the taping lasts a little over an hour. It was very interesting and entertaining. Although the waiting was a little long, we were glad we made the effort and went. It was great to see how the program is filmed; to see Jay, the band and the guests live. By the way, bring a jacket. It's not merely cold inside the studio; it's freezing. We didn't bring a camera since the instructions said they were not allowed, but people were able to take their cell phones inside. The cell phones had to be turned off. There is a strict "no photography" policy.
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