Yesterday we had the pleasure to attend the Conan O’Brien show. The show is filmed at Warner Bros. And because of my bum ankle, we were lucky to get shuttled around Warner Bros., getting a little private tour while the rest of the crowd waited an hour or so in the audience line.
During our little tour, we got to see the set to many shows and movies. We learned they reuse prop houses and streets for many different shows and/or movies. They don’t waste space, either. The back to all of these houses are buildings to other homes of other characters in the show, or a shooting spot for other TV shows. For instance, we saw a space that was used to shoot Two and a Half Men, while another side was used for The Big Bang Theory.
It’s also amazing how they can turn their fake streets to simulate a real setting (they have created quite a few cities on premise). In The Last Samurai, they turned their “New York” area into Tokyo. It took them three months to create the set, but it only took them a week to tear it all down and back to The Big Apple.
There are also many stages where TV shows are filmed. Stages will often have dedicated shows filmed at that location. Some stages will have numerous shows filmed there, while one stage can be dedicated to just one show.
Unfortunately when it was time to get seated for the Conan show, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside. But on the bright side, because of my ankle, we got seated in the front row. When Andy Richter came out to his podium at the beginning of the show, I was sitting right next to where he was standing. And because the whole set was a lot smaller in person than the actual show, we got to see the band, Conan, Andy, and the guests close-up. They interacted with the crowd before the show started and during commercial breaks. Not a boring moment and time sure does fly.
We were super excited to see Conan. He’s just as silly and funny in person. If you’re a fan, it’s a no-brainer this is worth your time. The guests we saw weren’t ones we were so excited to see, but it was still cool to see them: Howie Mandel, Christina Hendricks, and comedian Rob Gleeson. Then as a surprise towards the end, Conan told us they were going to film another guest for next Thursday’s show. That celebrity turned out to be Tracy Morgan. We were thrilled. If you watch the show next Thursday, you’ll find this interview of TM hilarious.
The show was an awesome experience and it was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes. If you’re visiting LA, try getting tickets if you have time because it’s definitely a fun and exciting experience.