Seeing Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Live

Full Frontal Samantha Bee Set

After playing the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee ticket lottery for months, my name was finally drawn for one of their March live tapings. Of course, just like my experience with Last Week Tonight, the tickets opened up last minute, but inconvenience be damned I didn’t want to pass up the opportunity. So off to the city I went, on a weeknight no less.

TBS Full Frontal Live Taping

All things considered, it was a pretty standard episode of Full Frontal, but it was still fun to see another live taping of a show I find great joy in watching.

Here’s some of the highlights, tidbits, and takeaways from the evening:

  • We were allowed, actually encouraged, to take photos in front of the set, but no touching.
  • Never realized the purple color-scheme of the set and lighting before, or never so acutely.
  • The hype man was a woman, which was a pleasant surprise.
  • They had men and women’s size t-shirts to shoot out of the high-powered t-shirt cannon. How thoughtful.
  • Samantha Bee did come out before the show and answer audience questions, she also interacted with us between segments.
  • The show taping was linear, we went from start to finish, but there were breaks during the natural commercial breaks.
  • Samantha Bee has some tongue-twister dialogue. Nothing like seeing the script fly by on the teleprompter to respect her delivery even more.
  • We did witness one restart, which required us to watch a pre-taped clip again. It was strange trying to laugh like we hadn’t just heard the joke moments before.

For tickets to a live taping of TBS’s Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, visit:

Tip: If you get tickets to one of their live tapings or any live taping for that matter, arrive even earlier than the email instructs. Seats are first come, first serve and we barely made it into the stands. (Any later and we would have been in folding chairs off to the side.)

Full Frontal Samantha Bee sound stage

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Written by Jamie Paton

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