Friday, January 13, 2006

L.A. Bound

I need a change of scenery. Well at least for a couple days.

I am getting my wish. I just booked a trip to L.A. for early next month. I'm meeting my L.A. friend, let's call him Xaler, over there. We're both big fans of the series Half & Half. I'm coinciding my trip with catching a taping of the show with him.

It's not my first time seeing a taping. I flew to L.A. in August 2004 and had my first studio audience experience. It was for Half & Half, of course. It was interesting to say the least. Security to get into the studio is tight as one might expect. You go through two different security checks and you're not allowed to bring cellphones, cameras, weapons, etc. into the studio. The time I went, our M.C. was that black dude that was Ice Cube's road dog in Player's Club. I think he guest starred on a few shows. His name is drawing a blank for me right now.

Part of his job was to keep the captive audience occupied during the downtime. He talked a mile a minute, throwing good jokes and bad jokes (mostly bad jokes) in an effort to keep everyone contained. It was almost, as Xaler described, M.C.'s way of keeping us from thinking about what was going on. If you were really good, he'd toss you some miniature candy, which people would literally go crazy to grab. I suppose I should've been grabbing too since I hadn't eaten prior to the taping. And the stale slice of Dominoes pizza and a bottle water they provide just didn't cut it. Just as a scene is about to start, M.C. reminds the audience to laugh and refrain from conversing.

I enjoyed the experience of seeing what goes on to create an episode. All the behind the scenes stuff. I'm looking forward to seeing it again. I didn't get the opportunity to meet any of the actors but I don't know, maybe I'll try this time. We'll see.

And I'll get to visit West Hollywood and Beverly Hills again. Cool.


Blogger TheBlacks said...

You're very serious about Half & Half -- How long will you be in Cali?

9:40 AM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger P. Alonzo Harris Jr. said...

hey... i hope you enjoy your trip... you got me thinking about studio audiences and i think i will find out which ones are going on here in the new york area, i think it would be an experience i would enjoy....

11:38 AM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger lj said...

Always wanted to go to a taping when I lived in LA. Have Fun!!!Hope you get to meet bigDeeDee

1:19 PM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger lady in satin said...

I hope you have fun! I've never been to LA and I would love to go. The farthest west I've been is I need to travel more!! I would love to see a taping of Girlfriends!!!

10:08 PM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger Mr. Death said...

Every trip anyone I know has taken to L.A, they've always come back happy and gushing with interesting stories. And never bring me.
Have fun,

10:32 PM, January 13, 2006  
Blogger DizYaBoy said...

have a good time man ...

11:34 AM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger Jillian said...

Have a great trip! I moved from Chi to LA about a year you know it's like Night & Day!

I just finished doing a film with they guy who plays Mona's new boyfriend...maybe he'll be in the episode you're going to!

9:11 PM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger Rose said...

That's sounds like major fun. I would love to do that. Enjoy!

9:12 PM, January 14, 2006  
Blogger GermanChocolateGirl said...

I've worked extra on that show a few times! It would be so cool if I happen to be working the day your in the studio audience! :)

10:17 PM, January 15, 2006  
Blogger TeeBee said...

I haven't had the chance to watch a taping of Half and Half, but I did see Girlfriends. Sounds like it's pretty much the same deal. I hope you get to meet some of the cast. If you like sushi, let a sista know and I can hook you up with a couple of spots!

11:44 AM, January 16, 2006  

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