It’s no joke; on Wednesday, April 1st, I was in the audience for the taping of the 186th episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.
This was the first time I attend a late-night talk show by myself. Being alone during this type of adventure had, as you might guess, pluses and minuses. For me, the biggest minus was standing in line for over two hours with no one to talk to about how boring it is to stand in line for over two hours. Oh sure, I could have attempted small talk with the many couples that surrounded me in the hot bowels of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, but that could have been perceived as creepy. Instead, it was much easier to just eavesdrop on their conversations, which were often loud, and form opinions about them that would never be shared. Sure, that’s creepy too, but not as much, hopefully.
Late Night is taped at 6:30 pm. They tell you that check-in begins at 4:00 pm. You would think that by now, after all the late-night talk shows I’ve seen over the years, I would know with absolute certainty to be there by 3:00 pm. to get a spot at or near the front of the line. But, no. For some reason I walked around NYC until 4:00 pm, which resulted in me being behind no less than one billion other people in the check-in line.