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How To Get Tickets To The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

March 18, 2010 at 2:00 PM | by | ()

Craig Ferguson found himself in hot water last month after he taped an episode of The Late Late Show without an audience. The stunt was supposedly an homage to Tom Snyder, who always taped his show sans audience, but Radar Online thinks it has more to do with the fact that Craig pays people to fill seats in his studio. According to an insider, “They have 100 seats, of which 10 are reserved for house guests, and 30-40 members are through requests for tickets. The rest of the seats, about 50-60, are each paid for by the show. At around $20 per person, that’s almost $1,000 per hour-long taping, which is one expensive laugh machine.”

Though it sounds shocking that Craig would pay his audience, it's actually a common practice. Other talk shows, like Chelsey Lately, and game shows, like The Newly Wed Show, have been known to pay audience members in order to fill seats. If you want to get paid for sitting in an audience and occasionally clapping, there are always listings on Craigslist under "Talent" in Los Angeles, and most pay a flat rate of $50.

More ways to clap for money, after the jump.

On Set Productions also pays audience members for select programs. Right now they are casting moms and dads to appear a web series hosted by Bobby Flay. The pay is $100 a day. You can find more information at Onsetproductions.com.

If you still want to see The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and don't care if you earn a paycheck, you can get tickets to the show for free too. All you have to do is pick the taping you'd like to attend on the show's website and fill out this form, you'll then receive a ticket confirmation via email. The next available taping in on Tuesday, March 30, with guest Greg Kinnear.

Related Stories:
· EXCLUSIVE: Craig Ferguson Show Paying Audience Members! [Radar Online]
· Tickets [Late Late Show]
· How To Get To Coverage [Jaunted]

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Archived Comments:

Such Tripe!

I can't believe this tripe still has legs! I go to tapings of the LLS about 3 times a month, depending on which family members are visiting me at the time! I love this show! NEVER, EVER, has anyone paid us to attend! Usually at the tapings, people are turned away because too many people show up. If they tape two shows on Thurs. or Wed., the overflow people from show #1 are encouraged and told they will be in front of the line for show #2. Just because the man tapes a show without an audience-some person starts this rumor. Craig is very creative, innovative, and gets bored with the same old, same old. You'd know that if you were a loyal viewer. He even makes a big joke about the $20 everyone is getting when they do come. NEVER have I found anyone who was actually paid. PLEASE let them come forward to put some truth behind this tripe!

Tripe, indeed.

Oh, for crying out loud. This ridiculous story was debunked almost a month ago. (http://insidetv.aol.com/2010/02/26/did-craig-ferguson-ditch-audience-to-save-money-rep-calls-charge -laughable) Would you kindly do some research to verify information before you post such utter nonsense?