How to Get Tickets to TV Shows

March 5 2010 by Claudia Kunkel
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on-air-wr.jpgDo you ever wonder how all those people get on your favorite television shows? You know, the ones that get picked to be on a game show, provide the laughter for the sitcoms or get to see Leno, Conan, Ellen or Letterman in person?

I know I did. I'd watch those shows and say to myself - I know I could answer all those questions and win a million dollars or provide a good laugh track for that sitcom or even be in the front row to shake Leno's hand or to dance with Ellen. A few years ago, I knew I was going to be in the Los Angeles area, so I requested tickets for "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and I was fortunate to be able to get them in the time period that I would be visiting. You do have to arrive early, stand in a long line, go through security and then find a seat - but it was well worth it. It was pretty exciting to be in on the taping and see what goes on behind the scenes. I also tried in vain to get tickets to "The Oprah Winfrey Show", but it was a last minute thought while in Chicago.

As long as you plan well in advance and put in a request for tickets early, you should be able to get tickets to a show. It may not be the one that you were dying to see, but if your goal is just to see how it's all done, you'll get in to one, at least.

Here are my picks, but if you don't see one here you like, you can check out this website and choose your own.

Be sure to go to these websites to check on the availability of tickets and to verify that the shows aren't on hiatus or cancelled. As always, make sure you're getting your tickets from a trusted website; you NEVER have to pay for tickets to any of these shows-they're always free. Some shows also have an age limit and guidelines for proper dress and cell phone restrictions. You will find all of this information and more on each of the individual websites.

I hope that I covered at least one of your favorite sitcoms, game show or talk show here, if not, let me know.

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    By Katherine on March 15, 2010 3:50 PM

    If you absolutely MUST get tickets to a show, then consider looking into sites like Charity Folks (charityfolks.com) where you can bid on premium "VIP" seats to talk shows and sitcoms. The proceeds from these auctions go to support various charities. Be prepared to shell out a pretty penny-- but many of these prize packages include airfare, hotel, backstage passes, meeting with the show host and sometimes even an on-air opportunity.


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