Sunday, October 19, 2014

Inside 30 Rock: Live Tapings at Rockefeller Center

One of the great parts about going to school so close to New York City is being able to take advantage of all of the incredible things that take place here like the amazing shows that are taped at Rockefeller Center, as in the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Saturday Night Live.  Rockefeller Center is in Midtown and only a short walk from Grand Central, which only takes 20 minutes to get to from the Rose Hill campus. 

A friend and I were recently able to go to a live taping of Late Night with Seth Meyers!  Shows usually offer free tickets for tapings around the beginning of each month that you can reserve online.  Below is the link for ticket information:    

On the day of the taping we picked them up about an hour before it started at the NBC Experience store. Then, we stood in line for about 30 minutes and were ushered up to Studio 8G where the show is taped.  To get to the stage, we had to walk through the SNL hallway, and it was filled with pictures from the show.  Also, on our way to the stage, we got to see Studio 8H, the stage where SNL is performed.  (Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures to share because cameras and phones are prohibited in the building.) 

Waiting in line before the taping!

My friend and I were seated in the front row for the taping! It was so cool to see all of the behind the scenes people, cameras, and lights that goes into making the show.  Seth Meyers was great and so were comedians, Sarah Silverman and John Mulaney, who were the guests for that episode.  They were all very funny and it was amazing to see them in person.

It was a great experience to go inside such an iconic New York City building and see everything up close that I’ve see on TV.  It was also a student-friendly outing because it was free and easy to get to from Fordham.  Just another example of the countless activates that Fordham students can take advantage of in New York City!   

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