#14: See the Taping of a TV Show
I was hoping for SNL. There, I said it. I entered the special lottery and begged every “connection” I had (in NYC we call this "networking") but I was woefully unsuccessful. Cue violin music. So I set out to track down tickets to a different show I knew I’d enjoy: The View.
I mean, who doesn’t love Whoopi Goldberg?
I signed up for the tickets via 1iota website and eventually got an email that I'd cleared the waitlist. Lucky! I showed up at the ABC Studios and stood on line with the other lucky people, chatting about the guest of the day...Diana Ross!! The thought of being in the same room with an icon kept us buzzing all through the "pre-show" experience, which included being herded through the line into the waiting area where we sat guzzling Starbucks for nearly 2 hours. Gotta keep us caffeinated!
Then we finally were ushered into the studio and shown to our seats.
Then we got bad news.
Diana Ross had the flu.
THE FLU!!!!! Bummed was the guy who wore his Diana Ross t-shirt. Bummed was the couple who drove up from Jersey at the crack of dawn. Bummed was the group of friends from Canada who flew down to see her.
We swallowed our "bummer" vibes, though, and obediently clapped and cheered as directed.
The cast filed out, the camera was flipped on, and it was showtime!!
With no fancy guest, the ladies discussed Hot Topics. We got an earful of political chat, Matt Later chat, and something about backyard chickens.
During commercial breaks, Joy buried her nose in her phone while Whoopi graciously engaged the audience and took questions, even giving sage advice to the Diana Ross T-shirt guy on how to become a movie star.
At exactly 12:00pm, the show was over! That's a wrap!!!
Despite missing out on Diana Ross, I have to say it really WAS a cool experience to sit in the studio audience and watch the taping of a TV show in person. The room was small, the lights bright, the crew plentiful and the set fascinating.
It was no SNL.
But I'm glad I took time to "enjoy The View".