So I was wandering around MGM yesterday when I noticed signs about Who Wants to be a Millionaire tapings going on. I remember I had posted a thread here about that, but then forgot it was happening this weekend. So I went to the studio and asked about tickets. They were all gone, but I was told to come back at 6pm for the standby line. I was warned that during the taping I couldn’t leave my seat at all and tapings can last a long time. Well I didn’t have anything better to do, so I decided to go for it.
I came back at about 5:40 and got in line with about 6 people ahead of me. There were some people with extra tickets giving them away to standby-ers like me, so I easily got in. We were supposed to be let in at 6, but they were running about 30 minutes behind, so we got into the seating area at about 6:30.
They were taping for College Week, so once everyone was seated, they had to start rearranging people and moving the younger crowd to the lower seats and the not-so-young folks higher up. They had been pulling college students from the waiting line to seat them first, so not too many changes had to be made, but it still took a lot of time.
I had an excellent seat, so it was really exciting. There was a comedian guy named Paul who was in charge of getting the crowd warmed up and get everyone loose. He was really funny and had us all laughing insanely in no time. I noticed there weren’t too many children in the audience, mainly due to the you-cannot-move-at-all rule.
So before they brought out Meredith Viera, we watched a highlight reel of previous contestants so we could practice our clapping and laughing. Yes, we actually had to practice laughing. Paul told us that no matter how stupid the contestants jokes sound, we still need to laugh like it’s the funniest thing in the world. And yes, there were a lot of forced laughs during the tapings.
Before I move on with the rest, here are a few pictures.