For as long as I can remember, I have been a fan of The Price is Right. When I stayed home from school as a child due to illness, I would always look forward to watching the show. Several years later when I became a stay at home mom, my baby conveniently needed to nurse during the time of the show, so the two of us would snuggle up on the couch and watch. My daughters aren’t babies anymore (nor do they nurse), but they still watch with me and they love it almost as much as I do. The games are fun, the prizes are exciting, and Drew Carey and the announcer, George Gray are HILARIOUS. Watching TPIR is always a highlight to our morning.
Two months before my birthday, I went on The Price is Right’s website on a whim, and noticed I could get priority tickets for a taping of the show, the day before my birthday. What a great way to celebrate turning 28! (By the way, tickets are always free. Why didn’t I do this sooner?!?!) I spread the word to friends and family and before long, I had my parents, my husbands grandmother and uncle on board to go, as well as another couple that wanted to meet us there.
While January is typically a somewhat depressing month with Christmas being over and the cold lingering, sometimes even crazy ice storms that have ruined several of my birthdays in the past, this year was different. No crazy ice storms for us Georgians and I had The Price is Right to look forward to! So here’s a rundown of how the process works when you go be on the show.
They tape two shows a day at the CBS studio in Hollywood. The arrival time printed on our ticket was 8:30am, although in the fine print they suggest getting there a little earlier. We arrived at about 7am and stood in line outside of the gate. We were each given a number and we had to stay in numerical order for the next several hours. I was number 72 out of 300!
At 8am, the security guards opened the gate and we were let into the lot. There was a covered seating area outside of the studio where we had to sit in order and fill out paperwork stating that we don’t know anyone that works for CBS, and that we haven’t been a contestant in the last ten years. Pens are limited so bring your own!
While the paperwork is being filled out, Charlotte will come around and ask for your ID (you will be turned away if you do not have proper ID with you!) and she will write your first given name in all caps on the most beautiful name tag you have ever worn. I totally saved mine in my journal! (This process takes over an hour. You will have easy access to the restroom as well as the CBS gift shop to buy T-shirts, buttons, stickers, key chains, etc.)
Next, you will get your photo taken individually, as well as with your group in front of a green screen. Afterwards, you will be ushered to another covered area with bench seating where you will wait about an hour or more while everyone completes their paper work, name tags and photos. You will still have access to the restroom, but you must return to your seat on the bench in your numerical order. If you brought snacks, and I hope you did, you will be ready to bust those out. (Bring plenty of snacks, sandwiches and water. You’re gonna need it!) Also during this time, employees will approach your group with iPad in hand, ready to show you your individual and group photos recently taken. They are $20 each, and are a 6×8 I believe, which comes in a TPIR folder. If you purchase the photo, you can immediately post the photo to your social media while using their iPad.
Finally, it’s time for your interview. Make it count people, this is your chance to impress the producer to get called on stage. You will be lined up with a group of 20-25 people for your interview. The producer will start with the first person in line and ask what they do for a living. He will probably make a joke about it and then move on to the next person. “You’re a butcher? Show me your fingers. Ok they are all there folks!” Your time is very limited to be noticed, so sell yourself. Be funny!
Once your group has been interviewed, you will be herded to the backside of the building, which has more covered seating, where you will turn in your cell phone to security and receive a blue ticket for pickup. Don’t lose it! Get comfortable on your bench, make friends with those around you, and enjoy watching an episode of the show as well as bloopers on the giant hanging TVs. A cute waitress will come out to give you instructions about how to purchase food for lunch. If you haven’t eaten since breakfast, you will be starving at this point. The food is cash only as well as expensive. A personal pizza or personal nachos cost $10 each. My dad bought a coke and small bag of Doritos which cost him $8. You are allowed to bring your own food and beverage which I strongly suggest you do.
After about an hour and a half to two hours in that waiting area, you will finally be ushered in to the STUDIO!!! I can not tell you how excited I was for this. The ushers will seat your group together in the row that they choose, and you must put your bag and any food you have left under your seat and clear from the aisle. There will be loud music playing to get you pumped up and ready for the best game of your life.
Once everyone is seated, George Gray will come out and explain a few rules about standing, sitting, and about no jumping on Drew. That seriously drives me crazy when people run up on stage and tackle the poor guy. He had to get neck surgery recently so give him a break! Anywho, just keep a smile on your face, clap, cheer, and enjoy the comedy act that plays out on stage between Drew and George. It’s time for THE PRICE IS RIGHT!!!
Tune in to watch us on April 2, 2015 on CBS at 11am EST!
Items to bring on the show:
- printed ticket
- bottled water