insomniak Posted March 21, 2019 Posted March 21, 2019 To all: I wanted to post some information and my experience regarding the show Tapings.I attended the 3/19 taping. My wife and I were #27 and #28. They only brought 50 Regular ticket holders back that I am 100% aware of. They basically said that standby folks most likely will not get in. There were a boatload of VIP's, many from the ellen show again (as they showed the previous weeks taping which Ellen guest starred in). There were a LOT of friends and family of the cast and crew there. I did get the chance to talk with a few Audiences Unlimited folks and they echoed that moving forward, A guaranteed ticket will be more like a standby. Their advice was get there EARLY even with a guaranteed ticket. We arrived at 1:30. About the taping: They said this was the 275th episode taping, which ties the series with Cheers. Once they pass them, they will be the longest running Sitcom ever on TV. They also said it was a special occasion as they had multiple camera's set up to tape the audience as well as camera crews interviewing guests who where getting in. We were chosen to be interviewed and the overall message was what TBBT meant to my wife and I, and what we wanted to say to the cast and crew. Bittersweet as they mentioned it will be played for them at the series finale parties or something like that and may end up on the final season DVD. When I asked why they didn't do it at a later taping, they said they wanted the true fans that didn't live local and had a story about how they came to see the show which would not be available because the remaining tapings were going to be primarily VIP. We were ushered back, as expected as very well explained throughout the forum. What we were not prepared for was the Time/distance/wait between parking structure and the studio. It was not a really big deal but my wife does have a bad knee which requires some forethought for those types of walks but seeing she was semi prepared, not a big deal. **Note** I think we say Kaley Cuoco driving her ML350 with License plate Amimlvr. Looked like her and I thought I saw her car/plate picture on a forum someplace. Not a big deal but was neat. We saw a bunch of other cast/crew cars, including what we thought was Will Wheaton's car, vanity plate ITISWL. The studio has such an energy about it. Not to mention it was built in the 1930's and it was just amazing to see how many times that building was transformed for whatever magic they needed to make. They have a plaque on the building showcasing all the movies and TV shows filmed there. The place also had the typical "old building smell" (not horrible or anything but was part of the experience). You are security screened twice before you are seated. The MC was energetic, somewhat funny, and did his job well. Pizza was cold, Had potential if they knew about the invention of salt. There was a Scene where Sheldon and Leonard were driving a car, and Johnny flubbed up his lines and everyone died laughing. Jim said to the audience "When you F**** up at work does everyone laugh at you?!?!!" (jokingly of course). It was rather funny. Spoilers about the taping moved to the season 12 discussion thread, here. My Overall: I am a longtime viewer of the show and for myself and my wife, was a big part of our married life. I personally identified with many, if not all of the characters throughout the 12 years and in my mind, those characters were living, breathing people living in Pasadena that I was actually going to meet. (Not Logically, mind you but it felt that way because of my connection to the characters/show). Seeing the show being taped was an AWESOME experience, and everyone was so professional... but you do see that they are characters and that once They yell cut, the actors go from Leonard, Penny, and Sheldon, to Johnny, Kaley, and Jim very clearly. It popped my TV bubble a little bit, but I needed that. To see the "magic" of TV happen and to see what these individuals do to prepare for each scene is nothing short of amazing and really mimics many of the things I do in my own life before I have to present or speak so it helped me to realize "this is their job" and these characters only exist because of the writers, crew, and actors. Id do it again in a heartbeat but im glad I didn't and couldn't If I wanted to. This was a bucket list, once in a lifetime thing for us and it would just dilute the experience if it was just "easily available" Thank you again to EVERYONE on this forum. The information posted was exactly what I needed to make this happen. From the Informational first post on the what, what, where, and why to the experiences and stories of everyone. I hope TBBT ends with a story that leaves us fulfilled. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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