L.A. Tourist, Day 2: Watching a taping of “Conan”

I’ve seen two tapings of Conan O’Brien Show since he moved his show to Los Angeles. Watching a live taping can be a fun thing to do if you are a big fan of the show. Otherwise, it’s a lot of waiting, and takes up the entire day. My niece and brother, who are visiting this week, are huge Conan fans and got tickets (through the TeamCoco Website at: http://teamcoco.com/tickets) ahead of time. I drove them on Tuesday, and hung out in Burbank until the taping was over. Here is a list of what to expect:

For those watching a taping of The Conan O’Brien Show:


  1. If your show ticket is for 4:30pm, you have to arrive no later than 2:30pm. The area for parking or drop-off is (at the time of writing) at the parking structure at Gate 8 (6510 Forest Lawn Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90068), where there is a waiting area inside the parking garage. You have to present your ticket and I.D., and go through a metal detector. If you want to sit in the first row, you should try to get there around 9:30am or 10:00am. I dropped off my niece and brother at 12:30pm.
  2. Around 1:00pm, each person (or group of people who arrived together) is assigned a number to hold their place in line.
  3. Walk around (if you didn’t drive), find a place to eat lunch if you’re hungry, read a book, or find something to occupy your time while you wait
  4. Return to the holding area by 2:00pm
  5. Around 2:45pm, you will be called by groups to a line up again, but closer to the studio.
  6. Before they walk you over to the studio, they ask you to turn off your cellphones.
  7. Jimmy Pardo warms up the audience once everyone is seated, around 4:00pm.
  8. At 4:30pm, the show starts and Conan comes out to start the show.
  9. By 5:30pm, the show is over and the audience walks in a line back to the parking structure where they are then released.

If you dropped someone off at the show and are waiting for them:

  • Run errands. Target is at Empire Center, which also houses Best Buy, TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and others.
  • Go to Ikea. I easily kill an hour just walking from the entrance to the exit
  • Watch a movie at AMC Burbank Town Center. I really wish I could have done this, but I had my baby daughter with me.
  • Go to the park. Burbank has plenty of great parks. Click here for a map and listings.
  • Plan a playdate at a park. This is exactly what I did. Luckily, several of my friends who have kids live in the valley and I rarely get a chance to see them. We all got together at Pacific Park, which is near Frys.
  • Visit the Burbank Animal Shelter and say hi to some adorable dogs and cats who need a home. You may fall in love!
  • Pick up your exhausted audience member friends around 5:45pm, and find a place to eat dinner or drive through some heinous traffic.

Hope this helps!