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5 Rules Jimmy Fallon’s Audience Members Have to Follow

Written by Sean Smith

Throughout the years there have been a number of late-night talk shows that always seem to make us laugh. There’s something about the shows’ atmosphere, its music, but especially, the jokes. At the same time, the success of a late-night talk show also depends a lot on the host.  A good, late-night talk show host will keep the audience engaged from the beginning of the show until the end.  Here are 5 of the more interesting rules:

Rule 1:  Upon check-in, you must have everyone present

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon is very clear about this rule and does not make exceptions. According to the NBC website, “Your entire party must be present to check-in.” Furthermore, it explained, “Checking-in without the entire party forfeits the remaining tickets.”  This means that if you’re going to the show with friends, you have to stay together. They also don’t allow groups larger than 4 due to limited studio seating space. The show managers want the line of people to move quickly and not be delayed because someone is running late.

Rule 2:  You have to follow a certain order for the seating

According to a review posted on Yelp, “The letters got in first, then the double letters, then white tickets, then the numbers.” Even if someone gets a number, “the room is quite intimate and everyone has a great view.” This may seem like a strange, random system, but it works because it’s different than any other talk show.


Rule 3:  Prepare to be inside the studio for a few hours

Even though the show airs for only one hour, the taping of it actually takes approximately one and a half hours. The website states that anyone attending the show should expect for the entire experience, from check-in to the end of the show, to last about 3 hours. People should plan on leaving the entire day open because they will not be able to leave until taping is complete.

Rule 4:  Use your break time wisely

The show managers let the audience members know that breaks only happen at certain times. “If you need to use the bathroom or grab something to eat or drink, the best time would be right before the show while you are waiting at the lounge.” The managers can’t have people moving around or going in and out of the studio during taping because it would cause a disturbance and interrupt taping.  If someone does leave, they will not be allowed back in.

Rule 5:  Be ready to do some high fiving

One review posted on Yelp explained, “At the end of the show, Jimmy runs up and down the aisles and gives people high fives and some hugs. His hands are VERY SOFT! After Jimmy leaves, the guy comes back and entertains the crowd while they slowly let people leave the studio.”  This is Jimmy Fallon’s way of thanking the audience.


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