Thursday, April 2, 2015

New York, New York: The Nightly Show

Oh, hi! I know it’s been over a month since I last blogged, but honestly, I haven’t had too many exciting things going on to write about lately. Instead of creating new posts, I've been spending my time reading, revising my novel, hitting up trampoline boot camp and continuing my gig as a freelance contributor at Brit + Co.

One fun thing I did do during March was visit New York City for a mini vacation that included seeing my favorite singer perform at the Metropolitan Opera. Here, in a series of three posts, I’ll be sharing some pictures and an overview of what we did each day, beginning last Thursday with our initial road trip and the chance to see a taping of The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore


After a pretty straightforward 4.5 hour drive, which included a brief lunch stop at a Delaware rest area, Stephen and I arrived at the Holiday Inn Midtown near Columbus Circle on the West Side. We chose this hotel because it was affordable and also within walking distance of Lincoln Center, where the opera house is located.

While not especially luxurious, our room was clean, comfortable and bigger than I expected. The lobby was nice, the staff members friendly, and the price no more than $180 a night. I would definitely stay there again in the future.


We dropped off our car and bags, then walked a few blocks to the The Nightly Show studio. Since we had tickets and were also the third and fourth people in line, we got great seats once we entered. (If you ever want to attend a taping, just be sure to reserve free tickets online ahead of time and get there early, since not everyone who has a ticket is guaranteed a seat.)



We were allowed to take pictures of the set before the taping started, and also got to do an audience Q&A with Larry, who was just as cool off-camera. The taping itself was of course awesome, too, especially since we got to see all the behind-the-scenes action, including makeup touch-ups and the post-show photo session with the guest panel.



After it was over, we stopped off for Thai food at an unassuming little place that ended up being decently good. Then, tired from the drive, we decided to call it an early night and rest up for our Friday tours at the 9/11 Tribute Center and Lower East Side Tenement Museum.

Have you ever been to a TV taping? Despite being from So Cal, this was only my second one, the first being a Full House taping my friend and I went to see with our moms way back in middle school. Oh, the memories. :) 

10 comments:

  1. How exciting...a vacation is always a good time. And the taping would be so much fun! I went to a taping for the Ricki Lake show in NYC a long time ago...it was a good time!

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    1. Yeah, vacations are always the best! I hope to attend another NYC show taping in the future. :)

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  2. This is so cool! I've never been to a taping before, I would love to go to one, there are so many shows filmed in NYC too! I'm jealous that you went to a taping of Full House, that must have been an exciting moment too as a kid!

    I've never stayed over night in NYC, will have to keep that hotel in mind. Looks like you guys had a great time! Can't wait to read more. I was supposed to take a 9/11 tribute center tour with my stepdaughter on her school trip but some how the reservation got mixed up. We did go to Ellis Island still so that was worth the trip in itself.

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    1. Yeah, as kids we thought the Full House taping was the coolest thing ever, especially since our moms let us leave school early to go! I visited Ellis Island on a previous trip to NYC. It was awesome!

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  3. i have not heard of this show before. that;s cool he did a q&a--not all of them do that.

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    1. This is the show that recently replaced The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Yeah, we didn't know he would do a Q&A, but we loved that he did. The audience was really high-energy, and the entire experience was fun.

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  4. I have never been to a taping, so cool that you got to go! Can't wait to see more from your trip.

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    1. Yeah, it was really awesome. I'll have the next post up tomorrow. I hope you guys had a great weekend!

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  5. You just reminded me that I want to try for Jimmy Fallon tickets when I go home. Fingers crossed...

    xoxo,
    little luxury list formerly Chic 'n Cheap Living

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    1. It would be so much fun to see a Jimmy Fallon taping!

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