Friday, January 25, 2008

Live with Regis and Kelly in NYC

My friend Jean and I went to New York City last weekend, to celebrate my 40th birthday. Lots of fun was had in general, but I've been itching to blog about our rotten experience with the Live with Regis and Kelly show. We didn't have tickets to be part of the studio audience, so we showed up at 7 in the morning (after getting up at 6 in the morning, which is 3 AM PST) to get line for stand-by tickets.

So, we stood in line for about 45 minutes in the freezing cold, and then got a numbered sheet of paper. I was #20 and Jean was #21. So far, so good - they told us to come back at 8:30, and we'd be let in, if there were spots, in order of our number. We hung out at Starbucks for a while, then headed back and waited in line again at 8:30. Close to 9:00, they started letting some of the standby people in. The part of the line that we were in was around the corner from the main door, so we didn't really see what was going on. We kept on waiting for them to call numbers, and let people in by number, but they never did. Eventually someone came out and said told us they'd filled the show, and that we could leave now.

There was a group of us there who had low numbers but who hadn't gotten in, who were really pissed that these low numbers that we'd waited in the cold for weren't even worth anything. They hadn't even gone by number at all! We complained to the lady who was handling the stand-bys, and she was so incredibly rude! She said "What's the matter, don't you know how to read numbers?", and "Didn't they teach you that in kindergarten?". I've never seen the Live with Regis and Kelly show, but lots of the women there were actually big fans, and now they aren't anymore!

The stand-by lady did eventually get us into the show about 20 minutes after it had started, and let us stand by the side of the set, where we could barely see anything.

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