After a pajama filled day yesterday I had to get out of the house today. I decided to use one of those free talk show tickets I received after attending The Tonight Show on day 17. This time I attended CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. This was a completely different experience compared to NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Note, at The Tonight Show I was on a special guest list. That may have something to do with my experience entering this show. After waiting in line outside for a few minutes, everyone began to move forward. I had a standby ticket but there was no troubles getting inside. This experience almost felt like we were entering an airplane. We all had our bags checked and walked through a metal detector. I'm just glad we were allowed to keep our shoes on. Taking them off is such a hassle.
Cell phones and cameras on the other hand, had to be checked in. Their system seemed well intact so I had no concerns. As soon as the show was over I received my belongings with no problems. After that process, we all waited again. This time we were joined by a few people who were either getting ready to attend or just finished attending "The Price is Right." I'm definitely going to have to give that show a try soon.
One of the first things that captured my attention is the staff and how they interacted with the attendees. I literally heard a few curse words from time to time. Then it dawned on me that they reflect the personality of the host. Craig Ferguson can be a very expressive sometimes if you know what I mean. It makes sense for some of his staff to be like him.
The Late Late Show had one main hype man by the name of Chucky B (I think that's his name). This guy stood with the audience for over an hour shooting out jokes back to back. He was really good at it. He called himself a mediocre comic and called us show enhancers. This was actually a fairly small studio. He said, everyone always says "It looks bigger on television." In deed it does. I believe there were only 120 audience members in there.
This is a completely different set up compared to most conventional late night talk shows. This is probably one of the reasons why Craig Ferguson doesn't want to be labeled as a late night talk show host. They shot some of the show out of order. Country singer Tracy Adkins was the musical guest and his performance was recorded first. After the performance, the team began breaking down the stage and literally started rolling in the desk and couch. They used the same small space for everything.
While the team was preparing, Chucky B kept everyone extremely entertained. At one point they started pelting out mini chocolate candies. Due to the fact I was seriously hungry, I was tried my best to intercept some. I managed to get about 3. All of this helped towards hyping the crowd and getting them ready for the host. Energy is so important for these type of shows. So far I love the techniques the networks are using to get the audience fired up.
As the quest continues...