The late night talk show scene has evolved considerably in the years. There used to be one or two shows but now there is a wide variety of shows that you can choose from. I flew into New York for New York Comic Con a day early because it was convenient and one of the things I wanted to do was go to a taping of one of the the shows that tape downtown. I applied to two shows on Wednesday but was originally turned down. However, within minutes of landing, I got an email from Full Frontal With Samantha Bee offering me a last minute ticket which I accepted.
We got into a decently long line and were slowly put through security. They sat all of the audience members down in a small room with lots of couches. We were told to wait until they took us up to the studio. The crowd was pretty hyped and it sounded like there were quite a few last minute invites.
There was unfortunately not enough time to do a Q&A but Alanna Harkin got up to get the crowd pumped up. They launched a few t-shirts into the crowd, some were even girl fit, along with a few pieces of swag. Samantha came out to introduce the show and they got rolling with the first segment.
There were times when you could see Samantha trying to keep her temper under control. She really is the little firecracker that she plays on television. For a show that covers so many horrible things they were quick to point out that they wanted to keep things positive. They didn't want "boos" or groans even if the stuff was bad. There is a lot of joy here.
The second segment was a special one because it involved getting four of the main correspondents together in studio. This included Amy Hoggart, Mike Rubens, Alanna Harkin, and Ashley Nicole Black. Congress has just let CHIPS expire so it was time to bring in the A team and talk about healthcare.
There were some killer jokes in here as no one held back for a bunch of different reasons.
Finally, it was time for a field piece and it was a doozy. It was time to talk about the very concept of decency in the Trump era featuring a bunch of old people.
Overall the show was a ton of fun and absolutely worth checking out. It was really awesome being able to see all of the correspondents which is rare. Aside from the person next to me who decided not to turn off their cell phone. Come guys. Turn off your phones.
Here is a clip taped while there and a gallery of photos.