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Live TV Shows: A Once in a Lifetime Experience

Live TV Shows

Everyone has their favorite TV show that they sit and watch in the comfort of their homes with family and friends. But nothing beats being a part of live TV shows! The energy and excitement are contagious, you get to interact with the host, and in some cases, join them on stage and become a part of the show.

How to Become an Audience Member of Live TV Shows

There are many live American TV shows. Read on to learn about some of the most popular ones and find out how to join their live audiences.

1. Jimmy Kimmel Live

This late-night, hour-long show is broadcast on ABC and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. It is the longest-running, late-night live TV show on the network and features guest stars such as athletes, musicians, celebrities and comedians. It also features everyday people with compelling and unusual stories.

The live TV show is filmed at the Hollywood Masonic Temple in Hollywood, California. Tickets for the show are free! You can request them through You will need to register, and each person can order four tickets per person. Guests must be over the age of 18, and tickets are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis.

2. The Steve Harvey Talk Show

Funnyman Steve Harvey is known for his comedic acts. He brings a common sense, humorous approach to everyday problems. His audience members either stand up or are brought onto the stage to present their dilemma. Steve Harvey focuses on ordinary people because he has spent many years struggling to get to where he is today, and he candidly shares his experiences with his audience. Every so often, the show will feature a celebrity guest.

The show is taped and filmed at the NBC Tower studios in Chicago, Illinois and tickets are also free. You can request them through the show's official website. However, it is important to mention that even if you do get a ticket, there is a possibility you might not get a seat. This is because the producers have a policy of giving away more tickets than seats, as it is inevitable that since the tickets are free, some people will not turn up. Therefore, if you are assigned tickets, it is important to arrive at the show early to secure a seat.

3. The Daily Show

The Daily Show is hosted by comedian, actor, political commentator and writer Trevor Noah. It is a late-night talk show that draws satire and comedy from recent news stories, media organizations and political figures. It airs Monday to Thursday on Comedy Central and is filmed at Hell's Kitchen in New York.

Due to the popularity of the Daily Show, it can be difficult to get tickets. There are two types of tickets available:

  • General guaranteed — You need to arrive at the studio between 4:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to guarantee your spot. If you arrive later than 5:00 p.m., you will join the Entrance Not Guaranteed line.
  • Entrance not guaranteed — You are not guaranteed entry, and your entrance is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

The person booking can book a maximum of four tickets, but the person who made the booking must go with the group or none of them will get in.

4. Saturday Night Live

The American, late-night variety and comedy show is hosted by various celebrity guests who open the show with a monologue and interact with the cast members to entertain the audience. The show often features a celebrity musical guest who may perform a newly-released song. Saturday Night Live is filmed at NBC Studios and Studio 8H in New York City.

Tickets for the Saturday Night Live show are only available through a lottery system. You must send an email to enter, and you must be 16 years or older to apply. There is a very strict deadlines to enter the lottery. Once it has been closed, you will not be able to apply for tickets. You can get more information about booking tickets from the NBC website.

Final Thoughts

As you have read, you can become an audience member of one of your favorite TV shows for free! As long as you book in advance and arrive at the studio on time, you are guaranteed a seat.