On Friday evening, my friend Becca--visiting from NH and I went to a taping of The King of Queens over at Sony Studios in Culver City. I had requested the free tickets via Audiences Unlimited several weeks ago and was lucky to receive two tickets. I've been a fan of the show for sometime, although I don't watch it habitually I like catching the reruns. It's also the only live taping I'd really want to see, now that most of the great sitcoms are history. (How I wish I could have seen a taping of Friends, I would have flown out here for that).
Lucky for us the taping we went to ended up being extra special since it was the show's 200th episode, it's also the show's 9th and possibly last season.
The taping lasted a little under the expected four hours and we were given cookies, candy and a copy of that evening's script. The episode is called "Home Cheapo," and will probably air in 4-6 weeks from now. The best part of the taping was seeing Kevin James and Leah Remini tease one another when they messed up their lines and seeing them interact like they were a married couple almost off camera. He even yelled at her for not crossing to her mark at one point and for running over on his lines, it was funny and she couldn't stop laughing as he pulled her over to where she was supposed to be. Leah Remini (who besides being in Saved by the Bell and Who's the Boss was also in the short lived NBC show Fired Up, which I liked with Sharon Lawrence who I also met out here a few months ago--read here.)
It was also great seeing Jerry Stiller perform as well. He was a pro with his loud comic delievry and didn't flub any of his lines. Pretty impressive. And although I had fun, I didn't enjoy it as much as the two Hope and Faith tapings that I went to in New York. They gave out pizza to the audience members and the warm-up guy was much funnier. I also got a Hope and Faith t-shirt that I wear to bed still sometimes. Other tapings that I've gone to in the past include the failed Shelly Long show Kelly Kelly, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tony Danza Show, Caroline Rhea's talk show and Christine Baranski's Welcome to New York, which faired only slightly better than Long's.