My Experience at “The Price is Right” Taping

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Today, Kevin and I spent the entire afternoon at CBS Studios to attend a taping of The Price is Right. It was a very fun but very long day. Ultimately, I would love to go back as I didn’t get picked as a contestant this time (gotta come home with that yacht!) so here are a couple of tips, notes, and general observations if you decide to go to or find yourself at a taping of the show.

  • Prep t-shirts in advance! We realized too late we needed to wear somewhat creative/graphic shirts to the show and had to priority ship them, which just in time arrived for the day. Plan in advance to save yourself the money and the stress.
  • Park at The Grove for peace of mind. We decided to make a day of it and got lunch there too. We did reach the daily maximum parking fee, but it was well worth not worrying about the car for 6-7 hours.
  • Try to get there early, even if you have Priority Tickets. Look for the line on Fairfax. We got to the studio a little past noon and made it into the first 100, which means we also got to enter the sound stage earlier. However, this doesn’t mean you necessarily get better seats. The staff brings your party down to where they want you to sit. I’m not sure if there’s any rhyme or reason to this though. We were lucky enough to be seated in the second row, right at the end, so there will be lots of Regina and Kevin on camera when this episode airs on May 7, 2018.
  • Be prepared to wait around for more than half the time you’re there. There are three holding areas (I think we spent approximately an hour in each place) before you’re escorted inside and upstairs to the studio. Personally, I think this is the time to get to know your fellow audience members. After all, some of them might be called to “come on down!” or maybe even win the Showcase! (We conversed with the man who won it during our show.)
  • It’s totally okay to freak out a little when you receive your coveted Price is Right name tag. You’ve earned it. Kinda.

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  • You’ll be interviewed in groups of 25. Stan, the producer, will ask you what you do and converse with you a little to get a feel for your personality.
  • Drink water and use the bathroom while you can. Once you get inside, you will not get any breaks to leave the studio.
  • There are snacks, food, and beverages sold while you wait in line, but they are overpriced and it’s cash only, so prep accordingly.
  • It’s cold in the studio, so maybe bring a jacket. Probably my only regret of the day because I was freezing in my short sleeve shirt. However, once we started clapping and cheering, the cold went away.
  • Which brings me to: you will be clapping, cheering, standing, jumping, whooping, hollering, smiling, screaming, high-fiving A LOT. By the time we were done with the taping (approximately 1.5 hours), my hands were red and raw. You gotta keep your energy level and enthusiasm up the entire time because you will be on camera at some point in the show.
  • It should go without saying, but find out how the show works before you go to it. It was painfully obvious that some contestants had never watched the show in their lives and it made for lots of awkwardness. At least watch a couple of episodes on YouTube.
  • If you’re called up, you’ll probably be in a daze.
  • The studio is a lot smaller than it looks on TV, George Gray looks fantastic in person, and Drew Carey likes to talk to people during commercial breaks.
  • The stage manager is the real star of the show. Major hats off to all crew, including all the CBS pages who had to manage huge quantities of people.

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  • Maybe hold off on buying the souvenir photos. When we got home, we discovered they posted them all online on their Facebook page…
  • All in all, enjoy yourself during your time there. And definitely keep your name tag afterward!

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