Monday morning I had tickets to a taping of the Martha Stewart show. Joanna graciously gave up her ticket, which allowed Kaylene and I to go together! We had so much fun. We were worried we wouldn’t get in (a la Rachael Ray), so all the way there and while we were waiting in line we pretended we didn’t care whether we got in or not. But the more the line moved up and the closer we got, the less we could hide our true excitement. By the time we actually got in the studio we were so excited! And guess what – they put us on the front row! (I guess I have good luck with that.) We were like 8 feet from Martha.
The show turned out to be a live taping, which made it all the more interesting to watch. It was funny to see the people behind the camera holding up signs that said “2 MINUTES” and motioning for Martha to quit rambling and wrap it up because commercial break was coming. It was also interesting to see Martha in action. Right before the show started she got quite frustrated that the WiFi in the building wasn’t on because she was supposed to read tweets from her Blackberry for the first segment. Then the cameras turned on and she was the composed, calm Martha we all know.
I loved that after the show was over, they opened it up for question and answer with Martha. Audience members could ask her any question they wanted. I thought that was a nice thing. At other shows I’ve been to, the audience kind of feels like just another prop on the set, so it was nice to be acknowledged. They also gave out free stuff at every commercial break (I got a book about tulips), and a bag of free goodies at the end, and there was free hot cocoa and warm baked goods outside afterward! The whole experience was just great and we had such a fun time. You can watch clips from our episode here.