See a TV show being recorded
Although you can't visit many of the studios here as a tourist, you may be able to get onto a soundstage and see a sitcom or talk show being taped.
- USA (Los Angeles) - Hollywood Tickets - TV Tickets.com
- USA (New York) - NY Show Tickets
- UK - Applause Store - BBC Tickets - Lost in TV - SRO Audiences - TV Recordings.com - Pinewood Audience Club
Why do they use a live audience? All the laughter is canned isn't it?
- Although some shows use canned (pre-recorded) laughter tracks, most have a live audience. This gives the performers something to respond to, and produces a more natural laughter track.
How long will the recording take?
- A half-hour sitcom may take up to four hours to tape. Take some warm clothing as the studio will be air-conditioned.
Why does it take so long?
- TV shows have complex setups with multiple cameras, costume changes and even complete set changes. Some sequences may be repeated to fine-tune the writing or delivery.
Many sitcom tapings use a warm-up comic to keep you entertained during the taping and to keep you informed of how things are going.
Can I take food and drink?
- Most items won't be allowed, but many studios will provide a snack and drink halfway through the recording.
Can I take a camera with me?
- Studios do not allow any kind of recording equipment. Many will also ban mobile phones. You will probably be searched when you enter the studio facility, so don't try to smuggle anything in - you'll be turned away.