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This post breaks down all the information you'll need to enjoy a live recording of your favorite TV show, late night talk show or game show. 


Whatever you do, never pay for a ticket to one of these shows.

Each television show listed on this page offers free tickets to their audience, so it shouldn't cost you a dime to become an audience member.

Once you receive a ticket, make sure to arrive on the correct date at least an hour or two ahead of time, as there will usually be a long wait in line before being admitted into the studio.

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It's also a good idea to either turn off your cell phones or leave them somewhere safe while you're attending a live taping.

Most audience departments request guests to arrive in dressy attire, because they may just turn the camera on you!

Make sure to wear some of your nicest clothes, but make sure they are also comfortable because waiting in line for admission can require quite a bit of standing and walking.

We hope this information helps you to not only get the tickets you want but also have a fun and pleasurable experience at whichever live taping you choose to attend.


If you want to see contestants competing for various cash and prizes, you've come to the right place.

Many of the most popular game shows in America are recorded in various locations around Los Angeles.

Depending on the audience for the show, casual attire may or may not be appropriate.

Most game show tickets are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Price Is Right

One of the greatest elements of this show is that audience members are chosen to become contestants at random.

All you have to do is get a ticket and show up for their live taping on the specified date, and you might get the chance to appear on television and win some prizes!

Live recordings can take place up to 60 days in advance of the air date so it might take a while before your episode airs.

Tickets to the Price is Right

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets for The Price Is Right are absolutely free and you can obtain them online. Click here to find a ticket which fits your schedule.

If you apply for a priority ticket and receive it, your admission is guaranteed.

However, if you apply for a General Admission ticket, your admission will be determined on a first-come, first-serve basis. With that in mind, we recommend arriving at least 30 minutes early.

CBS typically performs a live taping of this show for 5-10 days out of every month. They record at least 2-3 shows on each of these dates.

Where is The Price Is Right Recorded?:

This popular television series is recorded live at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.

This studio is located at the corner of N Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, approximately one block from The Grove.

For more precise information, click here for directions from Google Maps.

Wheel Of Fortune

After over 40 years of success, Wheel Of Fortune remains one of the most popular game shows on television.

Host Pat Sajak and Hostess Vanna White continue to entertain and help contestants spin that wheel.

Despite being in syndication, the series is still recorded in front of a live audience, giving you the opportunity to see the game as it is actually being played.

Cheer on contestants as they fight for the opportunity to win amazing prizes. Alternatively, you can also apply to become a contestant yourself!

Wheel of Fortune Tickets

How to Get Tickets:

Like most live television shows, tickets to Wheel Of Fortune are absolutely free.

That being said, they also offer VIP tickets to members of their Wheel Watcher's Club.

As a result, general admission tickets can be more difficult to receive, so you'll want to make your request well in advance. They allow you to request up to four tickets at once.

Submitting a request is not a guarantee that you will receive tickets.

The audience department expects demand to exceed supply so it will be necessary to check back every now and then in order to see if there are tickets available for a later date.

Applying to be a contestant is an entirely different process. There is no guarantee that you will be selected, but they welcome just about anyone to fill out an application.

With your application, they request a video showing your smile and your ability to speak up.

Where is Wheel Of Fortune Recorded?

America's longest-running syndicated game show is recorded live on Stage 11 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.

Stage 11 is located right off of Culver Boulevard, across the street from Calley Park. For directions on how to get there, please check out this Google Map.


Everyone's favorite quiz show has been on air since 1964, and it continues to stump both contestants and viewers to this very day.

The only thing that shouldn't be difficult to figure out is how to attend a live taping.

Whether you want to be a contestant or cheer them on, it's entirely free to enjoy a recording of Jeopardy!

Tickets for Jeopardy

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets for this game show are free, but it's important to note that they are typically in high demand.

With that in mind, you'll want to request tickets as early as possible and prepare for the possibility that you might not get into the audience.

Jeopardy! is typically recorded twice a day for at least a week or two during most months. They record episodes months in advance, so you shouldn't expect the show you attend to air anytime soon.

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All contestants must take a practice test and prepare for the potential opportunity to appear on the trivia show.

Although this might not be an easy task, everyone is encouraged to put their best foot forward and register for the chance to be on Jeopardy!

Where is Jeopardy! Recorded?

Jeopardy! is recorded right next door to Wheel Of Fortune on Stage 10 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, CA.

Both stages are located in the same building on Culver Boulevard, right across the street from Calley Park. For more precise directions, please use this Google Map.

Let's Make a Deal

Let's Make a Deal logo. Image Source: CBS,

Although Let's Make a Deal has seen several different iterations over the years, it is still one of the oldest game shows in the United States.

Much like The Price is Right, audience members are given the opportunity to win cash and prizes by making crazy deals with host Wayne Brady.

Getting a ticket to the show doesn't guarantee that you'll win anything, but you definitely can't win by staying at home!

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets for Let's Make a Deal are free and easy to obtain. All you have to do is apply for either a priority ticket or general admission.

Priority audience members are guaranteed admission to the show, but general audience members will have to wait in line once they arrive.

The show is typically recorded at 9 AM, 11 AM and 1 PM, so chances are that you'll get into at least one taping.

That being said, you are only allowed to request tickets for one live recording.

While waiting, you can visit the costume shop nearby and rent or purchase costumes for the show.

Prices are very reasonable ($10-$25 to rent) and you are encouraged to get creative with your costume.

There is no need to apply for the opportunity to become a contestant because audience members will be chosen at random to take part in the fun!

Where is Let's Make a Deal Recorded?

This game show is recorded off of Haskell Avenue in Van Nuys, California. This location is right across the street from the Performing Art Center and very close to the Van Nuys Airport.

If you're coming in from Los Angeles, all you have to do is take I-405 up past Woodley Park and get off at the Sherman Way exit (Exit 66). From there, make your way to Haskell Avenue and drive up to the studio.

Here is a Google Map for more specific directions.

America's Got Talent

Whether you want to show off your special abilities or see some of the most talented people America has yet to discover, you can enjoy this popular talent show live!

Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell, Mel B, and Heidi Klum serve as the judges on this show with Tyra Banks hosting each episode.

Given the nature of the series, it's difficult to see an entire episode at once, but you can definitely get tickets for some of the performances as they are being recorded.

Logo for America's Got Talent. Image Source: NBC, Wikimedia.

How to Get Tickets:

All you have to do for free tickets to America's Got Talent is request them from the audience department. Each ticket is good for approximately one hour of taping per day.

The show is typically recorded for at least 3 hours a day on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Although you are only allowed to have one ticket per day, admission is distributed equally at each ticket exchange, so it doesn't necessarily matter which time of day you choose.

Episodes can be recorded up to 60 days in advance, so make sure to request tickets as soon as possible.

If you want to be a contestant, you will have to either send them a video or attend an audition in one of their open call cities.

Click here for more information on auditioning for America's Got Talent.

Where is America's Got Talent Recorded?

This incredibly popular talent show is recorded live at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California.

You'll find this stage behind Grauman's Chinese Theater (now called TCL Chinese Theater), so it should be fairly easy to find this filming location.

This is also right across the street from where they shoot Jimmy Kimmel Live!

To find the Dolby Theater, just drive north on Highway 101 until you reach exit 8B.

Get off at this exit and drive west on Hollywood Boulevard until you reach the theater.

If you want more precise directions, use the following Google Map.

Family Feud

Logo for Family Feud. Image Source: Fremantle Media, Wikipedia.

This popular game show may be over 40 years old, but somehow it manages to stay modern.

Ever since Steve Harvey took over in 2010, viewership has been on the rise as he brought an entirely different approach to hosting.

Harvey's deadpan reactions send both audience members and contestants into laughing fits, creating some of the most entertaining television on the air.

Family Feud is typically recorded on weekends, making it pretty easy for most audiences to get tickets and see your favorite show live!

How to Get Tickets:

All you have to do is request tickets and wait for a response. Much like The Price is Right, Family Feud offers both general admission and priority tickets.

While a priority ticket will guarantee your seat, general admission will require you to show up early and wait in line.

This game show is usually taped at least twice per day, so you may even have more than one opportunity to experience a live recording!

Tickets can be posted up to 60 days in advance, which suggests that it's probably a good idea to make your request ahead of time.

If you think your family is up to the task of winning on Family Feud, you can send an audition tape here. Do your best to stand out and prove that you belong on the show.

You must have at least 5 family members and the video should be no longer than 5 minutes in length.

Where is Family Feud Recorded?

Family Feud is recorded at LA Center Studios near downtown Los Angeles. This location is most easily accessed via Interstate 110.

If you're coming from the North, get off at exit 23C and drive southwest on South Beaudry Avenue until you reach West 5th Street. Turn right on 5th and you'll find your destination on the right.

If you're coming from the South, get off at exit 23C and turn left onto West 3rd Street.

From here, you'll want to turn left once again on South Beaudry Avenue and drive southwest until you reach West 5th Street.

Turn right here and you'll find your destination on the right.

For more precise directions from anywhere in the city, please use this Google Map.


Watching these shows before bed has been an American pastime for generations.

Although several late night programs are shot in New York (and you can find tickets to them here), there are also quite a few recorded in Los Angeles.

Potential audience members should dress well if they want to get a seat.

Experience your favorite late show hosts live before anyone else in the world gets the chance to see them!

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Jimmy Kimmel Live

Although he made a name for himself as a comedian, Jimmy Kimmel has gone on to become one of the biggest names in late night television.

His talk show is recorded a few hours before it airs in front of a live studio audience. Much like other late night hosts, Kimmel typically records this series Monday – Thursday, making it fairly simple to attend one of these tapings.

Audience members are expected to wear nice casual attire (like you're going out for a nice dinner), as they may appear on camera.

Jimmy Kimmel hosting his late night show. Image Source: ABC News.

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live are entirely free, but availability is dependent upon whether or not the show has been overbooked.

It is recommended to request tickets at least 3 weeks in advance, as the audience department will usually contact you approximately two weeks before the show to inform you of whether or not your request was honored.

Due to the popularity of the show, you are only allowed to request up to two tickets at a time.

If you do get tickets, make sure to arrive at least 30-45 minutes ahead of time, as they operate on a first-come, first-served basis.

Receiving a ticket within 24 hours of taping is highly unlikely, so please don't wait to file your request!

Where is Jimmy Kimmel Live Recorded?

This popular late-night show is recorded at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard (map) in Los Angeles.

The studio is literally right across the street from the world-famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.

Click here for more specific directions from Google Maps.

Logo for The Late Late Show With James Corden. Image Source: CBS, Wikipedia.The Late Late Show With James Corden

Starting in 2015, comedian James Corden took on the mantle of The Late Late Show on CBS.

He was joined by musician Reggie Watts, who does an excellent job of performing the theme music for each episode.

Like most talk shows, you can expect recordings to take place Monday-Thursday.

That being said, they sometimes tape multiple episodes on one day, so there are plenty of opportunities to see the show live.

Despite the later time slot, they typically welcome a variety of notable guests which make for an entertaining experience.

How to Get Tickets:

As with other talk shows, you can request tickets for free without much hassle. A ticket most likely won't guarantee admission, but the audience department has not indicated that they expect demand to surpass supply.

As a matter of fact, it's actually possible to be on The Late Late Show if they are actively looking for someone like you.

Check their ticket request page for more information about the type of people they want to feature on this show.

You can request up to 4 tickets at a time, allowing you to bring up to 4 of your friends or family along for the fun!

Where is The Late Late Show Recorded?

This late night talk show is taped at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.

You'll find this location at the corner of North Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, approximately one block from The Grove.

This is also the studio where The Price Is Right is recorded, so it shouldn't be too difficult to find.

For specific directions to the area, please check this Google Map.

Real Time With Bill Maher

If you'd rather take part in a more politically charged television show, you won't find many that are better than this.

Needless to say, Real Time With Bill Maher isn't a game show, so your role in the audience will simply be to cheer or jeer when appropriate.

Unlike other tapings, this series focuses on current events so you can expect the episode you're attending to air shortly after experiencing it live.

Bill Maher on his talk show 'Real Time'. Image Source:

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets for Real Time With Bill Maher are free, but you need to fill out a request form before you can receive them.

You must receive notification from their audience department before your tickets will be confirmed.

The submission form asks you to choose up to two different dates for tickets, allowing you to get in on a live taping even if you miss the first opportunity.

We recommend filling out this form at least a week ahead of time and preparing for the eventuality that you won't get tickets the first time around.

Where is Real Time With Bill Maher Recorded?

Just like The Price Is Right, you'll find that this popular talk show is recorded at CBS Television City in Hollywood, California.

The studio can be found at the corner of N Fairfax Avenue and Beverly Boulevard, approximately one block from The Grove.

For more precise information, click here for directions from Google Maps.



The daytime talk show has become a staple of television, raking in fantastic numbers during the past decade.

Tickets for these programs typically get fully booked very quickly, so it's important to make your requests as soon as possible.

Prepare for an early morning recording and come dressed in some of your finest clothing if you want to be chosen for the audience.


Ellen DeGeneres first made a name for herself as one of the funniest comediennes of the '90s, but she eventually went on to create this incredibly popular daytime talk show.

Ellen is recorded in front of a live audience 4 days a week, giving you plenty of opportunities to see her hilarious antics in person.

Audience members can look forward to some potential attention from the cameras, but should not expect it.

From time to time, Ellen performs giveaways for her audience, so you might just walk away from the show with something more than an entertaining experience.

Ellen Degeneres in front of her audience. Image Source: Variety, WARNER BROS. TELEVISION.

How to Get Tickets:

As usual, you can get tickets for this show absolutely free.

Unfortunately, Ellen's show is sometimes fully booked for months in advance so it will be important to make reservations well ahead of time.

If you're planning to join the audience while on vacation, make sure to request tickets at least a month or two before you leave.

Submitting a form for tickets will not guarantee you a spot in the audience.

If you are chosen, the audience department will send an email confirming your admission.

If you haven't received an email within 1-2 weeks, it is recommended to request another date. Due to high demand, you are only allowed to attend one taping per season.

Where is Ellen Recorded?

Ellen's show is also recorded at Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California.

The specific studio in question is located at Stage 1 on the Warner Brothers lot, right off of West Olive Avenue and across the street from Gate 3.

Click here for more detailed directions and a map of the area.

Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil logo. Image Source: CBS Television Distribution,

After getting his start on Oprah, Dr. Phil has gone on to make a name for himself in daytime television for over 15 years.

His unique take on matters involving psychology and sociology draw in a significant audience every time the show is recorded.

Depending on the subject of conversation, you might even have the opportunity to be on the show!

Either way, it's entirely possible to attend a live taping of this popular talk show and experience Dr. Phil's blunt approach to life in person.

How to Get Tickets:

As with pretty much every talk show in Los Angeles, tickets for this show are entirely free.

You will need to request tickets in advance if you want to see the show live, and admission is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Dr. Phil tapes on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. If you are chosen to be a member of the audience, it is recommended to arrive by 8 AM and prepare to stay at the studio until 1:45 PM.

If you want to be a part of the show and get some help from Phil, you'll need to tell your story. Needless to say, this series is all about helping people in need, so you'll have to explain what makes your issues so compelling.

You will also be required to air your dirty laundry in front of the world, which isn't necessarily going to be comfortable. Keep these factors in mind before applying for this opportunity.

Where is Dr. Phil Recorded?

This series is shot at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, California.

The studio in question is located on right off of North Gower Street on the top left corner of the lot. This location is easily accessible via either car or bus.

Check out this Google Map for more detailed directions.

The Talk

Logo for The Talk. Image Source: CBS, Wikipedia.

It's not easy to create a hit daytime talk show, but Sara Gilbert and her co-hosts have managed to do just that with The Talk.

Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, and Aisha Tyler join Sara at the table to discuss a variety of issues and contribute their own unique viewpoints.

With 7 seasons complete and more on the way, it's safe to say that this popular series draws a large crowd.

As with most talk shows, you can expect them to record at least once a day from Monday-Thursday, ensuring plenty of opportunities to see a live episode.

How to Get Tickets

Although tickets for The Talk are free, the show is so popular that you will want to request them as soon as possible.

This is one example where the demand almost always exceeds supply so it could be very difficult to become a member of the crowd.

As usual, submitting a request does not confirm your admission – you will only be admitted on the show after speaking directly with a member of the audience department.

From time to time, they will tape more than one show per day, and they actually request that guests stay for both recordings.

With the exception of this very special case, guests are only allowed to attend one taping per calendar week.

Your admission will be permitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Expect to wait in line for quite some time before the show starts, and wear comfortable shoes to ensure that this will not be too difficult.

Where is The Talk Recorded?

This popular daytime talk show is recorded live at CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California.

You can reach the studio by taking Highway 101 North to Exit 12B and continuing to drive North on Ventura Boulevard until you reach Radford Avenue.

Turn right on this road and drive until you see 4024 Radford Avenue on the right.

For more specific directions, make sure to check the following Google Map.

The Real

Much like The Talk, this daytime talk show features a group of women talking about a plethora of different subjects.

Hosts Adrienne Bailon, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, and Tamera Mowry work together to tackle issues related to news, love, life, fashion and other topics.

The Real is recorded in front of a studio audience, so it's entirely possible to get tickets and attend a live taping.

Episodes are typically taped at least a few times per week, so there should be several opportunities to experience this popular series for yourself!

Logo for The Real. Image Source: Warner Brothers Television,, Wikipedia.

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets to The Real are free and easy to obtain. All you have to do is request tickets from the audience department and wait for them to respond.

Making this request will not guarantee your entrance into the audience. If you hear back from the audience department, chances are that you've been granted admission to the show!

The Real is a fairly popular series, so you should request your ticket as soon as possible. Showtimes and dates are subject to change at any time.

Where is The Real Recorded?

The Real is shot live at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, California.

You can reach the WB Studios by taking Highway 101 North until you reach Exit 11A. From here, you will easily be able to access Barham Boulevard, which will take you straight to the studio.

If you're coming from another location in or around Los Angeles, we recommend using this Google Map for directions.


Although people have been making funny videos since the dawn of home video, it was only recently that the practice became somewhat commonplace. With the advent of the internet, everyone now has the same opportunity to share their own amateur work.

These programs compile some of the funniest and most interesting videos on the web and show them to the world. Tickets aren't difficult to obtain, but it is recommended to request them ahead of time.


A photo of Daniel Tosh. Image source: Ian White, Comedy Central.

Daniel Tosh has been making people laugh with his hit show Tosh.0 since 2009.

This pseudo-talk show typically focuses on a variety of viral videos, even going so far as to give the stars of those videos an opportunity at retribution with a segment entitled "Web Redemption."

Although they don't really point the camera at their audience, Tosh.0 is recorded live and it is fairly easy to get tickets.

How to Get Tickets:

Tickets to Tosh.0 are free, but many of them are given out via lottery.

What this means is that you have to join a wait list to get a ticket. If you are chosen, the audience department will contact you and provide admission to the show.

Waitlists and ticket requests can be made available up to 60 days in advance, so it's best to sign up early. The series is recorded on Thursdays at 5 PM, making it fairly easy to attend a live taping.

Where is Tosh.0 Recorded?

Comedy Central records Tosh.0 at 3555 Hayden Avenue in Culver City, California.

To get there, take Highway 10 west until you reach exit 7B. After taking this exit, turn left on Washington Boulevard.

Drive southwest on Washington until you reach National Boulevard. Turn left on National and continue east until you reach Hayden Avenue.

Turn right on Hayden and drive south; you will find your destination on the right.

For more precise directions, feel free to use this Google Map.

Although there are no guarantees that you'll get into the audience of your favorite show, it's still fun to take a shot and hope for the best.

We hope that the information provided here will help you to get tickets to the program of your choice.

If you notice any inconsistencies, please let us know so that we can update our article to be more accurate.

Look forward to more fun activities and useful guides from Free Tours By Foot in the near future!

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Mel loves to be a tourist in her own city. With a background in performing arts, tourism, and photography, giving tours and being a story-teller comes naturally to her. She loves traveling, food, and theatre. Mel splits her time between Chicago and Los Angeles (#theatrelife) and leads tours and manages both cities!
Updated: July 31st, 2022
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