Dating on a Budget
The Live Audience Date
When: During pilot season in early spring or when a reality show is in production.
Where: Depends, but usually in the Studio District.
Dating Level: New couples to long term couples.
Type of Couple: The ones who want to try something new, who are interested in the film and television industry, who love pop culture or want to laugh.
The Date Details
Have you ever watched Big Brother Canada, Battle of the Blades, The Social, Cityline or a show where you hear people laughing in the background? One thing all these shows have in common, other than being Canadian productions, is that they all use studio audiences. For the most part shows that require a studio audience are free of charge making this a unique and interesting dating on a budget idea. In this article I will give you a few resources and tips on why I think this is a great date idea.
I have had the honour of being in the studio audience for a number of shows including CBC’s Royal Canadian Air Farce and E!’s Pop Quiz and let me tell you I had a blast. The whole process of these shows is not what you may expect and the whole date idea is so unique that it is sure to strike up a conversation in between takes, after the show and down the line when you recall that one date where you were a live audience member – I mean how many people can say they have done that on a date?
Now this date is a very timely thing. You either have to be aware of when reality shows are set to air or you need to keep your eyes peels during early spring when some comedies begin shooting pilots. A great resource to finding out what shows are looking for audiences is through the company Hot Rows which specializes in in-studio audience tickets (or casting). They did the seat-filling for the 2014 Canadian Screen Awards, are working on YTV’s The Next Star, Comedy Network’s Match Game along with many other well-known titles. The company has a calendar on their website which you can check for upcoming audience tickets.
Another resource is Insight Productions who has a vast catalogue of variety television properties that usually require audiences. Some of their series that require audiences include Big Brother Canada and Battle of The Blades.
My last suggestion if you want to be a live studio audience member is to go to the shows webpage. If you want to be a part of the audience for CTV’s The Social or CBC’s Steve and Chris thenhead over to their website for ticket information the same can be said for other Canadian talk shows.
I would highly recommend the audience date. I think it is the perfect free date that you will always have a conversation about and bring up. This date provides you with the opportunity to meet celebrities, your favourite talk show host, see how the television process works and gives you the chance to be seen on TV together even if it is for a split second.
I know from my experience that giving your date the chance to meet their famous idol will definitely earn you cute points and make it the most memorable date ever. I once took a date to see So You Think You Can Dance Canada and they about passed out when they got to meet the legendary Karen Kain. Let me tell you that was the highlight of our whole relationship and even though we have broken up I am still credited as taking them on the best date ever.
So think of a show that your date may want to be a live-studio audience member on and then either check the shows webpage or go to the Hot Rows calendar and find out what tickets you can get. Remember that this is something you need to stay on top of if you want it to happen! There are not many Canadian shows that offer free tickets to be in the audience and if they do they are pretty popular. I would highly recommend not only putting your name on a wait list, but also keep following up. On that not I say -
Happy Dating Toronto