I’ve never attended a live studio audience event ever, but eagerly opted to tag along when I was invited by a friend as part of a work trip for “research” purposes. We met outside the studio at 8:30 this morning, and after two hours of being herded like cattle from one small, hot, crowded area to another (grand finale of that business involved being jam-packed into an elevator) we were sent to our seats in a spacious, generously air-conditioned studio.
The whole thing made for great people-watching and I’m confident we got more out of that than we did from what was happening on-set during the live segments. It’s not unlike watching TV, as the fourth wall remains mostly intact and the only people consistently breaking the fourth wall are the halftime show crowd-hyping staff members who help keep the audience amped and attentive.
The audience’s humans:
-Art director/graphic designer-esque men
-Steve Buscemi-in-Ghost World-esque/Kathy Bates-in-Misery-esque types in dire need of weird “pick-me-pick-me-pick-me” mic-vying attention during off-air breaks who had nothing of substance to say but lots and lots of words, somehow…
-Middle-aged Canadian and Midwestern tourist couples
-My friend Daniella and me
Q & A session audience questions asked of Anderson after show:
-How’s your mother?
-Ok, so I have two questions… firstly, OMG I love you! Aaaannnd, how’s your mother?
-Here’s a picture of your mother and my mother in 1969!
-What’s on your bucket list?
Anyway, I think it airs on Tuesday. Maybe you’ll see my face in the audience…? I can’t share anything that went on during the taping portion… I signed a paper saying I wouldn’t. Rules is rules; serious biz, that showbiz is.