In July of this year I returned to the city that never sleeps to continue exploring but also because I was lucky enough to get tickets to The Tonight Show taped at Rockefeller Center. (Below is a short 2 minute video that I uploaded on my Youtube channel.)
MY EXPERIENCE AT THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JIMMY FALLON:
It was always my subconscious dream to be able to attend a taping of The Tonight Show since Jimmy Fallon took over and I started watching it in 2014. It amazed me how a production could be so glamorous and yet so genuine, having a former comedian as the host. On July 19, 2017, the dream of that fifteen-year-old girl came true, and I sat in the audience in front of Jimmy Fallon.
Getting the tickets is probably the most annoying step of the whole process; first, I followed @FallonTix on Twitter, because that’s where the show sends out the dates where tickets will be released online. Tickets are released the first week of the month prior to the month you actually want to attend. (I attended in July, so I got the tickets first week of June.) You also have to create an account on 1iota, as this is the website that you will eventually use to choose the date and submit your ticket request. (@FallonTix announced the time and date that the ticket wait list for July would be released, so I was at my computer 5 minutes before that time.) Fortunately, after choosing July 19, (not knowing who the guests would be for that date) I received an email a couple of weeks later telling me that I got tickets!!
The rules on the ticket were simple: Arrive between 3:15 and 3:45 at the specific address, no backpacks and don’t forget your ID. After an exciting (almost) two hour wait, we were finally admitted into the actual room, and we were sat on the sixth row on the right side (right in front of The Roots) and I was on the aisle, which means that I high-fived Jimmy himself (!!).
What I took from this experience:
- The room itself is a lot smaller than you would expect, everything looks bigger on TV (or online), including the famous blue curtain. I would compare the room to a college lecture hall.
- The show itself is very strategic, many things are planned, but Jimmy Fallon brings a uniqueness that makes everything seem unplanned.
- I would love to be friends with Harry Styles
- I would love to be friends with Jimmy Fallon
- Jimmy’s makeup team crowds around him every time the cameras stop rolling even though it’s unnecessary #flawless
Wise Words from Jimmy:
During the Q&A portion, the girl sitting in front of me asked him, “I want to be just like you. Do you have any advice?” Jimmy replied, “You want to be a talk show host?” After she affirmed he said “well, first step is to cut your hair shorter.” (To which we all laughed because, how cool is it to say that you laughed with Jimmy Fallon?) He explained that every person’s journey is different; that his started at SNL, but even then he had to go through many rejections. That night, Jimmy told us that after you’ve decided what your dream is, that if anything negative happens, “just tell yourself that it’s part of the journey… Don’t let anyone discourage you.” He said that he wanted to be on SNL so bad that he didn’t even give himself the option of failing. (Basically, be a #BAWSE like Jimmy).
(I know that this is implied but Jimmy is extremely nice in person and I am someone that finds it very easy to read people’s true intentions and I genuinely believed that his show and being able to influence people brings him joy.)