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“Great experience, well worth the wait”
Review of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - CLOSED

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We arrived at around 1:30 and waited in a line for about 45 minutes before being sent through security. Then we were seated on benches just outside of the studio for another 45 minutes or so. We were worried but made it in for the taping with fairly good seats. The show itself was interesting and had great guests. Cool to see what it's like behind the scenes. Definitely a good time. I recommend it for anyone visiting the LA area.

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Reviewed February 15, 2013 via mobile

We had a outstanding day....I was ready to be star struck and instead i was relaxed and so amazing by jay and his staff...the car collection is mind bending...each car a history lesson to be shared...the show and entertainment was great...we laughed till are bellys ached ...and then to meet him and walk out of the studio with him to his car ...over the top...Jay and staff u have a great passion and thank u for sharing a day with us...

Thank Rannadannado
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I went to see the Feb. 8th show with Seth MacFarlane, Jenna Elfman and Nora Jones. It was great! Got standby tickets online like everyone else. Even though it says you are confirmed and you need to call the night before. Don't bother. All they need is the paper ticket and it's first come, first served (except for VIPs with guaranteed tickets). They don't even check your ID. They just check that you aren't carrying anything dangerous. And they are very diligent about making sure all cell phones are off in the studio, but you can keep them in your purse/pocket.

We arrived at around noon and were about 40th in line. We were let into the studio a few hours later. By 2pm there were 250+ people waiting. I am sure they didn't all get inside. And the covered area only holds about 150 or so people, so some people had to wait outside and get wet. Don't arrive before 12pm - the parking lot across the street (by the hospital) isn't even open until 12pm and they won't let you park there until then.

We were seated in the first row in the tiered seats on the left side of the studio. I was about 20 feet away from Nora, and then Jay, Seth and Jenna when they were filming promos. It was hard to see the couch area where guests were from this angle, but we were still up close.

The left side of the studio audience is 'dark', meaning, the audience gets filmed less (or not at all) over there. There is a crane on the left hand side of the studio that films the audience, so people sitting on the right hand side by the band get on TV. There are aerial cameras, but they only flick on for a brief moment once or twice.

Last time I went to the show, I was in the front row on the floor (luck of the draw!) and got to run up and high-five/shake hands w/ Jay at the beginning of the taped show (first three rows on the floor get this privilege). This is really the only time that audience members get on TV, unless they do an audience participation thing.

I'd give the show 5 stars if they gave away some swag to all guests (like they do on the View, the Talk, Ellen, etc without having to spaz out to the audience warm up guy who gives out Tonight Show 'stuff' to the loudest and most obnoxious people) and if they didn't make you pee in a trailer! It's a loooong wait, people!

Thank Pokee
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We didn't realize just how easy it is to get online tickets to tv shows. The tonight show is certainly different without commercials and with the warm-up. Jay is great, comes out early in blue jeans and talks to the audience, some good jokes, his sidekick is a great warmer upper. He is very funny. The band plays before, during commercials and after, and is terrific. We would pay money just to hear them. The guests will say things during commercials that you don't hear on tv. Words to the wise: a lot of waiting, it is a 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. deal. Dress well and you will be seated where friends watching may see you, dress like a slob and you will be seated where no one will find you. If you're young and/or good looking you may be picked to do the opening high fives with Jay. If you are staying out of L.A. you will hit heavy, heavy traffic going home.

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

The experience of actually seeing the set and the "behind the camera" perspective is fun. They have some really talented people who are quite entertianing during the pre-show and commercial breaks. Basically, their job is to whip the crowd into a frenzy and get them clap, cheer and and really get into the show.
The only down side is that there is a considerable wait in line outside (and it was COLD on the day we were there) before they let you inside. My husband noticed that they have water misters for hot days...I imagine it would be even more miserable a wait if it were really hot out. Our tickets said to be there no later than 2:45. We got there about 2:20 - and ending up being in about the last 10% of the total line. Get there as early as you're willing to wait... if you're more toward the front of the line, at least you'll wait inside for more of the time.
We were done at 5:15...so a total investment of about 3 hours. Despite the wait in line, I'd do it again if someone else wanted to see the show. And hey, it's FREE... hard to beat that!

1  Thank CandyceW
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