I just wanted to share how things worked for us yesterday (11/05/12)for the Jay Leno Show.
I requested tickets back in September and we did get the day we requested.
We found free street parking a block from the Studio on Warner Street, just off Bob Hope Street. There was $5.00 parking available off Bob Hope Street. You needed to turn onto the street you would use to go to the hospital that was across from the studio. (There was a small sign on the ground advertising the $5.00 parking) Some others from our party parked on the street in a 2 hour parking zone and did get a $43 ticket.
We arrived at the studio at 1:30 p.m.. The holding area had some trees, but not enough to provide shade for all those waiting. It was a 95 degree day and not comfortable at all. I was surprised there was not more comfortable waiting areas. there were not benches but people sat on the cement that was surrounding some trees.
At 2:00 p.m. they began letting groups out of the holding area. They took around 50-80 people at a time. We finally got out of the holding area about 2:45. From there they walk you to the security area where bags are looked into and you walk through a metal detector. We were allowed to keep phones and cameras with us, but they had to be out of sight and turned off. (I know others have reported that cameras and phones were put in cubbies, but this was not the case for us. I am wondering if the higher security depends on the guests that day)
From the security area you head to a station where you get your number. (We were 145-149) They have you sit in a covered area with benches. There was probably room for about 200 people in this area. The rest of the people had to wait outside. :-( There were bathrooms in this area in a trailer.
Around 3:15 p.m. they began calling groups once again, this time to head to the studio to get seated. Around 3:45 p.m. Jay come out and interacted with the audience, which was really nice. There was also someone who talked to the crowd and tried to get everyone hyped up.
Overall, we had a great experience.