My experience at The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
My dream to see The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon finally came true!!! My Bucket list item #13 can finally be crossed off. I absolutely love Jimmy Fallon, so this experience was completely a dream come true!! I’m so excited to share all the details about this experience with you!
Ever since I moved to the NYC area 3.5 years ago, I’ve desperately tried to get tickets to see this show but I failed at every attempt. When I first moved here, the show was still Late night with Jimmy Fallon, and then he took over the Tonight Show, but the tickets still remained impossible to get. The tickets to the show are available at a certain time of the month (follow The Tonight Show on twitter for more details). They would announce the date the tickets would be available online, I would set a reminder on my phone, make sure I’m on the site at least 5 minutes before the specified time and try to get tickets. But even after refreshing the browser at the exact time specified, the tickets would be gone! They have changed the process a bit in the past year, so now you can go on and make an account. When the tickets are available, you select the date and hit request. You are put on a “Waitlist” status, and 2 weeks before the show they will notify you if you have tickets or not. Well, last month we had success, and we were notified that we had tickets!!!
Get there early
They specify in the details on your tickets that they overbook the show to assure no empty seats, so it’s important to be on time. Check in time is at 3:45pm, but they suggest you arrive 30 minutes ahead of time at 3:15. Any earlier and they will ask you to come back. So we just hung around the general lobby area until I saw a few people gathering. The funny thing is, I went around a hallway behind the waiting area to take a photo of an NBC sign and who walks out of a room and almost bumps into me? HIGGINS!! Steve Higgins!!!! I panicked and looked at the floor right away like I wasn’t supposed to make eye contact or something. When he started to walk away I took a photo of his back (I know, I’m a chicken). He was only 20 feet away from all these people waiting in line, but they were all looking the other way, so they never noticed him! At that point I realized a line had formed so we ran and got in line anxiously hoping we would get in!
From the moment they let you up the steps to start your process to get into the Tonight Show they make it very clear, no photos or you will get kicked out. They say from the beginning, we are warning you now, if we catch you taking photos you will be asked to leave, and there are people in stand by lines waiting to get your seat, so don’t be stupid.
Once you go in and show your online ticket confirmation and your ID they give you a ticket for your seat and a wrist band. You go through security and then wait in a lobby area. This is your last chance to use the restroom, because once you go into the studio and you’re in your seat you can’t leave. Well you can technically leave, but they won’t let you back in. We had read online that you should wear proper attire, and you shouldn’t bring huge bags, so we tried to make sure did everything they requested to make sure we didn’t get turned away. After all this time of trying to get tickets ,I didn’t want to ruin it!
You don’t get to choose your seat, they do that for you. You would typically think you would want to sit in the front row, but the truth is there are a ton of camera’s in front of you, so I actually liked sitting towards the back as I could see everything! A guy comes out to warm up the crowd and explains how everything works while making us all laugh hysterically. Then before you know it, The Roots come out and say hi to everyone, and they start playing music. It was amazing! Then Steve Higgins comes out and greets everyone and just a few minutes later Jimmy comes out to start the show!
We made it on TV!!!!
The intro of the show starts, and Jimmy comes out and the audience goes crazy giving him a standing ovation. The camera’s show several different locations in the audience and we made it on TV!
Jimmy was amazing, as he is every night on his show. It was surreal to be there and see the whole thing happen in front of your eyes! During a couple commercial breaks Jimmy films shout outs to affiliate news stations . Other commercial breaks he came and up into the audience and asked if we had any questions. Some of the questions that were asked were:
Audience: “Whats your favorite thing about the show?”
Jimmy: “I love to make people laugh.” He explained how he loves to make people genuinely laugh, not the courtesy laugh. The audience then started to laugh, and he said, yea, like that.
Another audience member asked how his finger was doing (he had an accident last year that tore part of his finer off). He explained how the accident happened, and that he still goes to physical therapy every night, and hopefully in the next few months they will see if it will be back to normal.
Another audience member asked him if Jimmy liked his suit, because this audience member wore a suit so Jimmy wouldn’t feel alone. Jimmy loved it and went on to tell a funny story about when he first started working at SNL.
Jimmy was so kind, and so appreciative of everyone’s support. Just like the vibes he gives on TV!
At the end of the show he ran up into the audience and started to high five everyone. The show ends at that point, but hey, we were on TV again!
This was an absolutely amazing experience!! The show is over at about 6:15pm. You exit through an NBC gift shop where they have tons of Tonight Show merchandise. You are at Rockefeller Plaza, where Late Night with Seth Meyers is also filmed, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for famous faces. You never know who you might see!!
This experience was amazing!!! I definitely recommend it to all you Jimmy Fallon fans!!!