How To Be In The Studio Audience For Will & Grace Tapings


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I will be making updates to this post once I attend a taping of the show.

Will & Grace is another beloved show that is making a come back. For now, the fabulous cast will return to NBC for at least one season. All four of the main cast members will be returning. Would you like to be in the studio audience for Will & Grace tapings? The tapings will take place on the backlot at Universal Studios Hollywood. To attend a taping you won’t need a ticket to the park but you will need to get a ticket in order to be part of the audience.

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I follow Audiences Unlimited (tvtickets.com) on twitter. On 7/20 they made an announcement that they would be giving out the tickets to the tapings and that the show will be filmed at Universal Studios. So far no taping dates have been released but the tapings should be taking place in August since the show is set to air on NBC in September. Normally shows are filmed much more in advance so the timing is very peculiar on this.  Update: Audiences Unlimited will no longer be handling tickets for Will & Grace this season.

If you’re reading this post you are probably interested in attending a taping. Since the show still has a strong fan base I am sure that once the tickets for the Will & Grace tapings are released they will go fast. Tickets will be released by a company called 1iota. On August 2nd they tweeted out that Will & Grace fans should check their website at 2pm PST. To get tickets with 1iota you will need to create an account on their website. For the show taping on August 23rd tickets were made available at 1pm on Thursday August 10th. Make sure to connect with 1iota on twitter to keep up to date on when the tickets are released.

To apply for tickets you can choose to request either one or two tickets. And you will have a chance to explain why they should pick you. When I first requested tickets I was immediately put on a wait list and found out about three days later that I was given priority tickets. However, I had to work during the taping so I was not able to go. Good news, I found out from my friend who went to the first taping that priority tickets = guaranteed seating.

1iota gives out priority and general tickets. If you have a general ticket you do not have as good of a chance of getting in to the taping as those with a priority ticket do. There are ways to increase the strength of your profile which can help you get picked for tickets. Make sure to have a photo and fully fill out your profile. Cancel your ticket request if you can no longer attend. 1iota will penalize your account if you do not show up for a taping. It is best to know ahead of time who you plan to bring with you because you will need to put their name on the ticket. If you are over 18 years of age they will want to see a valid photo id when you check in.

If you are wait listed after requesting tickets do not assume that you won’t get in to the taping. Many times I have been immediately placed on the wait list only to be given tickets a few days later. If you get general tickets be sure to keep checking your email in case priority tickets become available for you.

Free parking is offered for the taping. You will find all the information on parking and check in guidelines on your ticket. Your tickets will have the address for check in. Please note that just because you get a ticket does not guarantee that you will make it in the studio audience. The shows are over booked so that they can try and have a full house. I recommend arriving several hours before the check in time to increase your chances of getting inside. Normally phones are not allowed inside the tapings so you might want to bring something to get autographed incase you get a chance to meet the cast after the taping.

Other tips to help you get the most out of your experience:

  • Bring a jacket
    Sound stages are normally very cold so chose your clothing wisely for the taping.
  • Bring snacks
    You are normally given a slice of pizza or a half of a sandwich at a taping but I always need more food than that.
  • Bring a sharpie
    Having a sharpie makes it much easier to get autographs after the taping ends. I recommend having the cast sign a shirt or a poster.
  • Be prepared to do a lot of waiting
    You will have to wait quite a bit before you get into the taping and will do even more waiting throughout the taping. On average the tapings last around 5 hours.

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10 thoughts on “How To Be In The Studio Audience For Will & Grace Tapings

  • Laura Stewart

    I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to write this post and for sharing your knowledge. I live in Australia and am a hardcore W&G fan! I’ll actually be in LA during the first week of September 2017 and I’m frantically and desperately trying to find a way to secure tickets, even just one ticket! I’m going to follow all of your helpful advice and send positive vibes out to the universe. I know it’s a long shot but miracles can happen! Thanks so much again. if you get any more relevant info, I’d be so grateful if you could share it with me. I’m so far away here in Sydney plus we’re in a different time zone so it’s hard to have my finger on the pulse of what’s happening in LA. Thanks again and have a great day :-)

  • Elle Post author

    Hi Laura,
    Thank you so much for reading! I cannot wait until tickets have been released and I can update and share even more information. I will do my best to respond you again once tickets have been released to try and help you out. -Elle

  • Elle Post author

    Laura,
    1iota.com has just announced that fans in LA should check their website at 2pm PST. Audiences unlimited will no longer be in charge of tickets for the tapings. Just wanted to update you!. -Elle

  • Laura Stewart

    You’re the best Elle! Thanks so much for letting me know. I’ll get right on it!

  • Jenny S

    I’m kinda sad they won’t be back in CBS. I love the TV history of that place and hate the traffic around Universal. I see they’re open for the first 2 weeks. Have my fingers crossed for the 30th or Sept 8.

    Btw, any idea what time a taping might end? Don’t feel like driving up to SB if it’s too late.

  • Elle Post author

    Hi Jenny,
    If it is similar to Fuller House it should end around 9pm. SB? The tapings at at Universal Studios. I’m guessing SB would be Santa Barbara. The tapings definitely are not there. Hope that helps. -Elle

  • Charley

    Hi Elle,

    I was put on the waitlist for August 16th, but the 1iota site says this show is sold out. Should I leave me name on this one and risk not getting on another date listing? They only let you select one week at a time

  • Elle Post author

    Hi Charley,
    I’m not sure that they have reached out to people about the 16th yet. When I got my tickets for the 9th I heard from them around 4-5 days in advance. If they are unable to give you tickets they will let you know. At that point I would start requesting for another week. -Elle

  • Michelle Hofmann

    I can’t wait for W & G to return. I am a huge…….. fan. They make me laugh after a long day being on my feet. I am a Nurse Practitioner and care for many people everyday. I actually tape their show so that I don’t miss anything. I live in NJ and would fly out to CA to participate in their studio audience. Please keep me posted on how to get tickets. I have gotten many of my girlfriends into their show so that we can have a glass of wine and laugh. If tickets are available for Sept 21st or October 9th please let me know. I would need 4 so that I can bring my 3 girlfriends. Thank you and have a great day! Michelle

  • Elle Post author

    Hi Michelle, 1iota will have the taping dates. I’m happy to help share about the process but you’ll have to check their website as they keep updating it with taping days. If 4 of you want to go, two of you will have to create 1iota accounts since the most tickets one person can request is 2 tickets. I’m not sure what else I need to keep you posted on since I explain in the post how to request tickets. Yes, I’ll add more information once I attend a taping just to explain what to expect but everything you need to know to request tickets is in the post. -Elle