When Zachary & I made the decision to stop in Los Angeles for a few weeks on our return flight the the U.S. I quickly had the idea that we should go to a show. I did a little search online and found The Ellen Show. "Yippee Ki-yea!" I thought. So, I went online and checked the availability. Every day. I checked and checked. And finally found days available! So I applied for tickets. And we waited. After doing my little L.A. show search I also saw The Jimmy Kimmel show was in L.A. "Yippee Ki-yea again!" I thought. So, I checked every day until a day was available and applied for tickets there, too. I applied to both just in case we didn't get one. I thought 2 chances were better than 1. Duh. So, we waited. And a few days later we got an email that we had got the Jimmy Kimmel Tickets! Yeeeaa! Then a few weeks later we got a letter in the mail at my mom's house saying we got the Ellen Show, too! It was pretty awesome & we were super excited to get to L.A.!
So, January 4th, we made our way over to Hollywood Blvd. for the first time ever (for me!), found our way to El Capitan Theater, and waited in line. For 2 hours. We waited and waited and waited. Watch "Mr. Muscle" for a little bit, chatted with the Jimmy Kimmel Show staff, shifted back and forth & waited.
Don Barris' job is to get everyone warmed up for the big show! He was great with the audience, asking us questions & getting us excited. He had lots of jokes and a dig about Texas weather when we said we were from Texas (which I didn't like, but it's true! Texas weather is the worst but my Texas pride kicked in! haha!). We practiced cheering really loud & listening to his ques, which were basically the "louder" motion, "clapping" motion, "quiet" motion & we practiced following the "applause"/ "quiet" signs. Easy, Peasy. We also learned the "rules" of the show which were basically, laugh really loud, applause really loud & don't shout anything out.
Finally, with loud applause from all of us, Jimmy Kimmel came out for the opening monologues & a short "Jimmy Kimmel's Book Club" Clip. :) Watch the clip here.
"The world is filled with too many restless people in need of rest – that's why I filled my sleeping tapes with intriguing sounds, noises and other things to help you get a good night's rest. - Jeff"-From the Dreaming With Jeff website.
After Jeff Bridges did his "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" green screen read, Lauren Cohan, who plays Maggie Green in The Walking Dead, came out. She was precious. Super beautiful, with the cutest accent & I loved her green dress! :) She was very sweet & down to earth. She chatted about being pulled over in her The Walking Dead costume & her hilarious Jersey and grandmother. She even played a voice mail recording from her grandma. Watch those clips here & here. :)
A voice mail from her grandma, "Hi sweet heart. Grand pa and I watched your season, uh, show, the first one, we watched it at lunch today because we had to watch the Eagles last night. And uh, I'd rather watch your show but that's the way it went. And, I think your show is so good, but I think this season ,really, is just so amazing. The special effects and everything. And you just looked great. And their were some scenes where you looked glamorous. I, I couldn't believe it. They're glamming you a little bit, I like that. Well, this is a short call. I know you got my little package, if you, or your, uh, little assistant, (Lauren- " 'Haha I don't have an assistant!") will let me know, um, I'll talk to ya, maybe on this coming weekend." PRECIOUS!
Ya! New flats. I fell in love immediately. They were so comfortable!
We also found our way to the giant Ghirardelli store next door to the theatre. We waited for a long time & got to go to a free Jimmy Kimmel Show, we deserved chocolate! ;) We loaded up a plastic pint container with as many chocolates as we could squeeze in & got iced coffees. The chocolates were surprisingly not sooo expensive. I think it was $8 for as many as we could stuff in. It was ALOT of chocolate, too! It was a great treat to have the rest of our trip and we got to try so many different kinds.
We had an amazing time at The Jimmy Kimmel Show. It was such a cool experience & I'm so very thankful to ticketing & the whole Jimmy Kimmel team for allowing us to go!
A Few Inside Deets:
This may be obvious, but there's lots of breaks in between takes. Also, things are filmed & shown out of order as to what they are on the show when you watch it on T.V.
Jimmy seemed actually pretty quite & focused when not "on" screen.
"Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" are done against a green screen.
The "extra" video clips like "Book Club" are done before the show, as in they don't record it there, live. Maybe they've recorded it another day for a different audience, I'm not sure.
Parking is free for the first 2 hours in the garage with a validation ticket. If you are gone for more than 2 (which we were because of the waiting, show & concert after) you have to pay something like $8 an hour. Don't quote me on that though, I can't remember the exact amount.
^Thank you Paul for this great map! (I know you wrote "Don't Steal My Stuff" at the bottom of your post, so I'm hoping that citing you counts as not stealing. :) :) )
Also, here's Paul's "Jimmy Kimmel Secret"below, which I didn't know, so it was very interesting to me reading this! Also, check out Paul's post on he and his wife's' time at the show.
"I laughed very, uh, deliberately throughout the show, meaning, I laughed as loudly as I could. I was sitting in the front row and was hoping to hear myself laughing on TV. There were a few key moments that I made a mental bookmark of when I laughed really hard. That way I could try and hear myself later on TV and know it’s me. When I watched the episode on TV that night and waited for those key parts, I heard nothing and realized that our laughter never actually makes it on TV! I am now convinced the show uses a laugh track and that our audience laughter is never really recorded. They only get us to laugh to add to the energy of the show and probably our enjoyment, but the microphones don’t really pick it up."
Ticketing Tips: Check 1iota.com daily until there's an opening! Best part- tickets are free! Leave room in your schedule for several different day options, so that you don't have to say 'no' to an available show.
If you live in LA or will be around/traveling to LA, make sure you request tickets! It was an awesome experience!