TV Junkie: The Jimmy Fallon Experience; Weekend Must-Watch Plan
Yesterday we went to see "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" as a member of the general public. We've been to a number of live tapings over the years but none have been as simple to get into as "Late Night" was. In mid-January we called the number at the show's website and were on the phone with a representative from the ticket office almost immediately. They gave us a wide date range of a bit over 2 weeks in February and we chose Thursday, February 10th as we were already going to be in New York City for other business. The ticket office was already able to tell me at that time that Jennifer Aniston and Piers Morgan were going to be two of the guests that evening.When you call to reserve tickets you have the option of getting up to 4 of tickets and the tickets are reserved with some basic personal information including an email address to send you a reminder notification. If you flake on appearing for your tickets you are banned from receiving tickets to any NBC show for (at least) 6 months. You will also not be allowed to attend the show if you bring along any shopping bags or backpacks or luggage (purses are OK) so leave those at your hotel or a friend's place.
Four business days before the show I was sent the email reminder that included a reservation number. I was required to print out the document and bring it with me at check-in at 30 Rock which happens at the NBC Experience Store in the cafe on the 2nd floor. Printing out the document seemed a little ridiculous in this wired age, particularly for a show that takes so much pride in its technology savvy as "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon." If I can get on a plane by showing a barcode on my phone then why can't I show the email at check-in time? A very minor point but it's a very silly policy as you have to show matching photo ID.
Here are a couple pointers to remember if you have reserved tickets for the show and want to get good seats: 1. You can not check in unless all the members of your party are there. 2. Check in at the earliest possible time in order to be seated closest to the front of the studio audience, get to the pick-up spot at least 1 1/2 prior to the cutoff time. Yes, you might have an hour and a half before you have to assemble at 4:15pm but there are plenty of things to do around Rockefeller Center: lots of shops and restaurants as well as the famous promenade between 30 Rock, the ice rink, and 6th Avenue. There are also some incredible art deco murals inside of 30 Rock that are worth examining in detail as well as the beautifully designed trim, finials, and wall elements that hearken back to the when the building went up in 1939.