4 Tips On How To Easily Score Tickets To "The Tonight Show" From Someone Who Actually Did

4 Tips On How To Easily Score Tickets To "The Tonight Show" From Someone Who Actually Did

Love Fallon? This is how to easily get tickets to a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is awesome. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in each show, whether that be the ultra-famous guests, political commentary, or Jimmy's comedic genius. It has always been a goal of mine to see the show, and I was going to do everything I could to see one when I finalized my vacation in NYC this March.

If you follow these tips, this is how you can get standby tickets to a taping.

1. The process of receiving tickets

Right outside of NBC studios in Rockefeller Plaza, the show's employees place a sign that states "'The Tonight Show' standby line begins here." on the sidewalk the night before the show. Then, assuming a line forms, the staff greet the line at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the taping and explain rules. Each person in line receives a ticket with whatever place in line they are.

My friend and I received place tickets for fourth and fifth. The staff then requests the line to meet back inside NBC studios at 3:30 p.m. to find out if the show has available standby room.

At 3:30 p.m., everyone lines up inside the gift shop at the studio. There were approximately 60 people lined up when I went. Next, studio employees line everyone up in order by place ticket they received that morning. This process takes about 20 minutes. They then reveal how many people are getting in. They told us the first 20 people had seats. Score! We were in.

After three security checkpoints and a surprisingly fast elevator, we were taken to a large waiting room and sat with other people who already had tickets.

The staff makes it clear that if you took any photos, you would be kicked out. After waiting in the room outside the studio for about 15 minutes, they shuffle all of the guests into the studio.

It was interesting to see how small it was, and how the stage was set up. The Roots' (band that plays on the show) area was on the right, in the center is where Jimmy does his monologue, and on the left is where Jimmy's desk is.

The show lasted no longer than an hour, and it was a blast. Jimmy is warm and friendly toward the audience and took a commercial break to come answer questions. He also gives high-fives to as many people as possible at the end of the show.

2. Choosing an ideal hotel location

My hotel was located in Times Square and was only a ten-minute walk from the studio. It was convenient because we didn't have to waste time finding transportation at 4:00 a.m. If you're visiting the city and plan on going through this process, try to book your hotel walking-distance away.

3. The recommended time to begin the waiting period

We made the mistake of going too early. We lined up at 5:00 a.m. and were fourth in line. After about 30 minutes, one other person came. And after two hours, less than ten people were lined up. Because this show allowed 20 people in, we still would have been able to see the show if we arrived two hours after we got there. I won't sugar coat it, the waiting time was brutal. But because we got to see Jimmy, it was worth it.

4. Things I would've done differently

Like I mentioned before, I would have arrived a few hours after we actually did. It's important to keep in mind that we did this when it was fairly cold out, which I'm sure discouraged many people from coming. It also was raining the entire time. I couldn't feel my toes by the end of it. We actually started out with four people in our party, but two of my friends ended up exiting the line. It was painfully cold. If I could do it all over again, I would bring an umbrella, wear different shoes, and layer up. This would have made the waiting much worse.

I would also call the studio before standing in line or drive by to make sure the sign is up outside. The next day, there wasn't a standby line and it would have been disappointing to walk all the way there at 5:00 a.m. to find no line.

Overall, it was a great experience and I urge everyone to give it a try if they visit NYC.

If you follow all these steps, you are in the right direction to seeing a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." It was one of my favorite parts of my vacation in the city, and the waiting time really is worth it.

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Here's Why You Shouldn't Donate to The Salvation Army This Holiday Season (Or Ever)

No, I’m not a grinch or a scrooge. I’m just a member of the LGBT+ community that is tired of seeing my community suffer at the hands of organizations that are supposed to help us.

The holiday season is upon us, bringing mall Santas, twinkling lights, and the well-known bell ringers with their red buckets stationed outside busy department stores. The Salvation Army is a mainstay in the memories of our childhood holidays. I remember a number of years where my parents would give each of my sisters and I a handful of change to put in the shiny red bucket as we walked into Wal-Mart to shop for our family Christmas dinner. On the surface, the Salvation Army is an organization with good intentions of helping the less fortunate, especially during the holiday season. However, a quick Google search exposes the organization’s discriminatory practices.

The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian denomination and an international charitable organization. Their mission statement, as stated on their website, reads: “The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

Despite their insistence of nondiscriminatory practices, however, there have been several instances of discrimination, specifically against members of the LGBT+ community. In July 2017, a Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Brooklyn, New York, was found by the New York City Commission on Human Rights (NYCCHR) to be discriminating. Three other centers in New York City were also cited as being discriminatory. Violations within the four centers included refusing to accept transgender people as patients or tenants, assigning trans people rooms based on their sex assigned at birth instead of their lived gender identity, unwarranted physical examinations to determine if trans people are on hormone therapy or have had surgery, and segregating transgender patients into separate rooms. The NYCCHR had been tipped off about the mistreatment, and testers from the commission went to the cited centers and found clear evidence of the mistreatment. One of the clinics told the testers outright, “No, we don’t [accept transgender patients].” Another clinic’s representative said, “People with moving male parts would be housed with men.”

This isn’t the first time the Salvation Army has discriminated specifically against transgender people. In 2014, a transgender woman from Paris, Texas fled her home due to death threats she received related to her gender identity. The police told her, “Being the way you are, you should expect that.” She went to Dallas and found emergency shelter at the Carr P. Collins Social Service Center, run by the Salvation Army. The emergency shelter allowed her to stay for 30 days. Towards the end of her 30-day stay, she began looking for other long-term shelter options. One option many of the other women staying in the shelter had recently entered was a two-year housing program also run by the Salvation Army. When the woman interviewed for the program, she was told she was disqualified for the program because she had not had gender reassignment surgery. The counselor for the program later claimed there was a waiting list, but it came out that two women who arrived at the emergency shelter after the transgender woman had already entered the program. The transgender woman filed a complaint with Dallas’s Fair Housing Office, which protects against discrimination on the basis of gender identity. She was able to find other housing through the Shared Housing Project, a project that aims to find transgender people with housing who are willing to support those without.

The Salvation Army’s Christian affiliation drives the organization’s statements and beliefs. The church has a page on its website dedicated to its decided stance on the LGBT+ community that seems to paint a nice picture. Their actions, however, tell a different story. There have been several accounts reporting the Salvation Army’s refusal of service to LGBT+ people unless they renounce their sexuality, end same-sex relationships, or, in some cases, attend services “open to all who confess Christ as Savior and who accept and abide by The Salvation Army’s doctrine and discipline.” The church claims it holds a “positive view of human sexuality,” but then clarifies that “sexual intimacy is understood as a gift of God to be enjoyed within the context of heterosexual marriage.” This belief extends to their staff, asking LGBT+ employees to renounce their beliefs and essentially their identity in order to align with the organization. The Salvation Army believes that “The theological belief regarding sexuality is that God has ordained marriage to be between one man and one woman and sexual activity is restricted to one’s spouse. Non-married individuals would therefore be celibate in the expression of their sexuality.” Essentially, gay people can’t get married. Unmarried people can’t have sex. Therefore, gay people are forbidden from being intimate with one another. This is unfair to ask of any employee, especially considering that one’s relationship status does not interfere with how well anyone can do their job.

If you are still looking to donate to a non-homophobic and transphobic organization this holiday season, here are some great pro-LGBT+ organizations with outreach similar to that of the Salvation Army:

  • Doctors Without Borders: medical and emergency relief
  • Habitat for Humanity: homelessness and housing
  • Local homeless shelters: search the National Coalition for the Homeless’ website for shelters near you!
  • Local food bank: find your local food bank through Feeding America here.
  • The Trevor Project: a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT+ young people ages 13-24.
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Another holiday season, another myriad of feelings of loneliness. Sometimes, it's hard to be single during the holidays. Here are five reasons that explain what the heck is happening:

1. It’s cold as heck


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It almost seems like everyone around you is dating, and you're just a little, sad potato. And mind you, a lonely one at that. Must be nice!!

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