There are many free things to do in New York, you just have to know where to look for them. I feel I’m quite good at finding these things – if I do say so myself.
I found a website where I could apply for free tickets to watch Good Morning America live so I scanned the dates available to see who was a guest and Paul Rudd stood out to me – why wouldn’t I want to be in close proximity to Mike from Friends?
Or in this particular case – Ant Man.
What’s a bit sh*t about getting tickets to Good Morning America, was the fact that we had to be there at 6.15 AM. Bear in mind New York has had nothing but sunny beautiful hot weather the entire summer, but apparently on this day the heavens opened and it wouldn’t stop bloody raining.
I had straightened my hair for absolutely no reason.
We queued outside for what felt like an hour and then were taken inside to go through security, the guard noticed my copy of ‘Fight Club’ in my bag and said “You’re not going to be starting a fight in here are ya?” Not unless you GET ME OUT OF THIS RAIN.
As we had got rid of our soaking wet bags and coats we were escorted to our seats. This is when the immaculate planning of the audience seating arrangement happened. This was not a first come first serve situation, this was an anal bride picking where her wedding party sat. It was very interesting to watch.
As we sat we were told that the actual filming of the show with us as the audience wouldn’t happen until 8am….we had been up for 3 hours by this point.
We had an MC who’s first words were to encourage us to add him on Instagram, and my first rule is I never add someone who has asked. So no, I can’t remember his name.
Is this a British thing or am I just odd?
Anyway, his job was essentially to:
- A. Keep us happy and not bored
- B. Tell us how to be an audience
He told us how and when to clap, one half of the audience had to clap above their heads, I was very thankful that was not us. We just had to clap above the tables.
Everyone MUST smile or Mr MC WILL pick on you, especially awkward teenagers, and if someone says something funny, sad, or interesting we had to be told to go –
For example, “THIS HORRIFIC IPHONE CASE OVER THE SHOULDER CARRIER IS ONLY $12”
Entire audience: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Also entire audience: *am I on TV though*
The man with the checked shirt sitting next to me took his role as an audience member very seriously, and I came out deaf on my left side.
Paul Rudd was a wonderful guest, a short man who was incredibly polite and kind to the audience members and Amy Adams was absolutely stunning in person and very witty. I’m glad I was in the vicinity of such lovely famous people, because from what I have heard the majority are arseholes.
The GMA anchors were also very polite and said hello to everyone. We decided to get a picture with the tall main lady, and afterwards realised we don’t actually know her name or watch this program….so what was the point in the picture.
Anyway, everything they talked about on the show we got for free which was fab aka – fake tan, Ant Man tickets, moisturizer etc.
Would I go back? Yeah why not.
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