Thursday, March 28, 2013

NYC: Attending the Jimmy Fallon Show!

Many people have been asking me how I got the tickets for Jimmy Fallon.  The answer is, anyone can do this and it's FREE.  It just takes perseverance and a some patience.

When I was planning a trip to NYC with my girlfriends, I thought how fun would it be to go to Jimmy Fallon?!  I went to the Late Night With Jimmy Fallon NBC website.  There is a phone number you call  to reserve tickets. Unfortunately, the show was not taping the days when the girls and I were going to be there...wah.

I kept the phone number at my desk and would randomly call until one day, someone picked up the phone!  I couldn't believe someone finally answered.  I got two tickets (you can reserve up to four tickets) for me and my husband.

Late Night With Jimmy Fallon books one month in advance.  If you have a ton of patience there is also a standby procedure that is explained on the website.

NBC sends you an email confirming the you have tickets reserved but not guaranteed (eek).  The nice man on the phone told me to get to the "NBC Experience Store Cafe" by 3PM and I should not have a problem picking up my tickets and that everyone needs to have a picture ID with them.

We headed over to Rockefeller Plaza around 2:30 p.m. that afternoon to scope it out.  We located and confirmed the exact area where we were to wait in line for our tickets.  There were about five people hanging around.  I was getting nervous, excited and...hungry!  We ran across the street to Bouchon Bakery and split (inhaled) a nice sandwich.  We ran back over and got in line for our tickets.  We were probably about 15th in line.  An NBC guy came over and said not to worry that we all had tickets!! PHEW!!! Yeah!

Promptly at 3:00 p.m. they started handing out the tickets and wristbands.  We finally got ours...woo hoo.
They told to meet back at a specific escalator at 4:30 (no earlier and no later!).  The other strict rule:  No photographs whatsoever!!!  If you take a picture inside the studio, they will make you delete it and kick you out.  Oh and another big thing, you can't use the bathroom once you are in your seats.

We had some time to kill, which is easy to do in Rockefeller Plaza, so much to see.  We wondered around for a bit, found the restrooms, and made sure we didn't drink anything!

It was finally time to meet at the escalator, there was a sign, welcome to Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.  I would've taken a picture, but I was afraid to.  Once we got in and up the escalator, they broke people up into groups.  And then we were in another line for about 15 minutes.

We were finally lead to our seats, in the fifth row!!!  Oh wait a minute, did I mention that Justin Timberlake was on the show (scream).  The studio is small so, no matter what seat you get you can we are in the audience
source:  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon website
There was an audience "warm-up" guy who was a hilarious comedian.  Then the house band, The Roots, came out, they were awesome.  The guests were Justin Timberlake, Dee Snider, and Timothy Olyphant.  All the guests were great but, Justin and Jimmy are so funny together.  Then Justin and his band performed, it was thrilling to say the least.
I was truly an exciting experience.