Last month, my Mom emailed to see if she could fly up from Kauai to visit. She offered to watch the kids for a few nights so my husband and I could go for a kid-free getaway. Score!
Usually, we do a weekend away somewhere locally. However, this time, I set my sights a bit higher. We went to LOS ANGELES!
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My main reason for going was to get the full Hollywood experience. I wanted to be in the studio audience of a TV taping. One of my favorite ways to get a chuckle is to watch Carpool Karaoke.
I’ve been a James Corden fan since watching him on Gavin & Stacey years ago. And his book (May I Have Your Attention, Please?: The Autobiography) has been on my reading list this past year.
So, I headed online to find free Late Late Show tickets to the Late Late Show with James Corden.
How to Get Free Late Late Show Tickets
After a quick Google search for free Late Late Show tickets, I realized that 1iota seems to be the main place to go for TV tickets in Los Angeles.
They have free tickets to Jimmy Kimmel Live and The Voice. Plus, they offer free tickets to LIVE with Kelly & Ryan, The View, Good Morning America, and Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York City.
I’m keeping my eyes out for free TV taping tickets for my upcoming trip to New York City!
But, we’re talking about Los Angeles, California. Here’s what you need to know about scoring free Late Late Show tickets.
1. Go to the Website
Here’s the direct link to free Late Late Show tickets.
2. Search for TV Taping Dates
You’ll see a “Score Tickets” area listing free TV tapings for the next 2 months. You want to find one that says “open.” Ones that are unavailable will say “sold out” in red letters.
3. Click an Available Date
When you click on an “open” date, you will see the date and time of the tv show taping. You may also be able to see who the guests are that show.
4. Request Late Late Show Tickets
Select “request tickets” and you’ll be directed to a short form. Here, you’ll be able to request up to 4 tickets. You also need to write about why you love James Corden.
5. Get Confirmation Email
That’s it! You’ll need to keep your confirmation email for when you arrive. They will also send you a short video about what to expect when you arrive to CBS Studios.
What Happens Before the Show?
Parking for the Late Late Show
In your email, 1iota will encourage you to park at The Grove in Los Angeles. They have a parking garage there. Then, walk through The Grove shopping center and around the corner to get to CBS Studios.
Waiting in Line Outside CBS Studios
We arrived right when the email suggested we get there. The sun was out and we were quite warm. 1iota staff members welcomed us and offered us an umbrella to shield us from the sun. We were so thankful for that!
We went in February and the weather went from scorching hot to chilly while we were in line. That’s Los Angeles for you!
There’s no place to sit down here because you will be waiting on the sidewalk next to the street. If you are going with other people, you might want to send someone to grab food or drinks while you wait. There are places nearby.
As it gets closer to filming time, a 1iota staff member will check tickets and start discretely assigning you a seat in the studio. You will be sent through security and then someone will tell you which row of seats to sit in. These rows are by location within the studio.
One of the fun things about having Late Late Show tickets is that you can take advantage of the photo ops outside the CBS Studios.
My favorite thing was the cutout of Carpool Karaoke where you can pretend to sing along with James Corden. I got a tip from another audience member to look a certain direction for a better photo!
Video for Studio Audience Members
Once you are seated in the undercover holding area at CBS studios, they will show you a video about how to be a good studio audience member.
This includes not yelling at guests, not talking on the phone, looking interested, etc. Pretty basic stuff. Something that they really highlight is that you should clap enthusiastically when directed. It’s a high energy show.
During the TV Taping of the Late Late Show with James Corden
Ok, so after you have waited and waited (and waited and waited) it will finally be your turn to enter CBS Studios. We sat in the back of the studio, so we were walked upstairs.
We got to see the fun photo booth photos of celebrities who were guests of the Late Late Show. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to take photos of them.
1iota staff will show you your assigned seats. They may swap people around a bit. Some select people will stand in the bar area. Special guests will sit in comfy seats on the floor. The rest of the studio audience will sit in normal chairs on risers.
Then the fun starts! A British man (no, not James Corden) will come out to pump everyone up. He’s delightful! He will encourage you to amp up your energy and really be loud. He’ll tell you to clap with your hands up in the air so the cameras can tell you are clapping.
Before you know it, it’s show time! Literally! James Corden will pop out and do his monologue. Then, there’s a brief break while the British guy tells you what’s next and how to respond.
For our show, it was a video about the Emmy’s featuring James Corden’s parents. It was pretty adorable and James Corden watched the video intently.
Then, it was time for the guests! It was Jamie Dornan from 50 Shades of Grey and Pete Holmes from the HBO series Crashing. I hadn’t seen either of these and didn’t really know much about these actors. But they were entertaining enough.
That went pretty quickly and it was time for the musical guest. It was someone I’d never heard of. He messed up the first time and had to reshoot it after the show finished taping.
Before we could go, they had us shoot audience reactions for a bit about Peter Rabbit. We were told to look surprised and then confused and then pretend to be amused. It was kind of weird, but fun that we’d be on TV again.
My Tips for Potential Audience Members
1. Reserve your Late Late Show Tickets Early
You can always cancel your Late Late Show tickets if your plans change. We were on the waiting list for tickets about 2 weeks out. It’s better to plan ahead if you really want to go!
2. Dress Up!
Coming from Seattle, my husband and I don’t tend to dress up. In fact, I usually have 3 layers on to shield me from the weather! So I wasn’t sure about the dress code.
However, we noticed that most of the audience were in cocktail attire. And the women wore high heels and short, short skirts. And everyone’s hair and make up was on point. If you think you are over-dressed, you aren’t.
3. Don’t Get There TOO Early
I’m a rule follower and we got there a few minutes before the email said to arrive. Next time, we’ll arrive an hour later. We saw people arriving after we had already seen the video for studio audience members.
We didn’t get better seats for arriving early.
4. Bring Water & Snacks
You will spend a lot of time waiting. There’s the waiting on the sidewalk in the blistering sun. Then, you’ll be seated on the benches at CBS Studios for awhile.
This is a great time to hydrate and eat snacks. You’ll want to be fueled for all the high energy clapping!
Better yet, send a friend to pick up something while you’re waiting in line!
5. Treat Yourself to Macarons After
When the TV taping of the Late Late Show with James Corden is over, you’ll most likely be hungry.
Thankfully, CBS Studios is located right next to The Grove. And it’s home to one of the chicest macaron places: Laderee. Go ahead and treat yourself to a few macarons!
Where to Stay Near CBS Studios
FARMER’S DAUGHTER HOTEL
This West Hollywood hotel offers country styled hotel rooms and down-home hospitality right in the heart of Los Angeles.
They are right across the street from The Grove, near CBS Studios. You can check rates here.
PARK PLAZA LODGE HOTEL
A little further away (but still super close) is the Park Plaza Lodge Hotel.
This is a great budget-friendly option. You can check rates here.
BEVERLY LAUREL MOTOR HOTEL
This is another affordable Los Angeles hotel about 0.5 miles from CBS Studios.
You can check rates here.