It was eleven p.m. when my friend called me and asked what she should do with her Daily Show tickets. It was only thirty minutes later that we purchased bus tickets to New York and were calling up people to see if they could come with. A week later on August 3, we woke up at 4 a.m. to catch a bus to New York to see Trevor Noah live.
We had non-guaranteed tickets, which meant that we had to line up for entry around 4 p.m. and wait to see if we would be let into the studio. Since our bus arrived a few hours earlier, we wandered around Hell’s Kitchen to kill time.
We wandered down by the bike path near the Hudson River and saw the cruise ships that were docked. We also saw a ton of horse drawn carriages going up and down the street.
For lunch, we stopped by a small Italian restaurant, Il Baretto. The interior was super cosy with exposed brick walls, wooden tables and chairs, and soft lighting. It’s also located across from a park, so if you chose to sit outside, you have some green space to look at.
Since it was noon, we focused on the panini section of the menu. I ordered the Focaccia Caprese, which was one of the vegetarian options. It had mozzarella, tomato, and home made pesto. The food was delicious, and I ate it so fast that I regretted not ordering the whole panini.
Following lunch, we lined up at the side of the studio to wait and see if we would get a seat in the studio audience. Since our tickets were non-guaranteed, it meant that we would be given spots in the audience if people who had guaranteed tickets decided not to show up.
Luckily, we were towards the front of the line, so when they allowed the non-guaranteed ticket holders in, me and my friends were chosen.
Getting inside of the studio was amazing. It was fun to listen to Trevor Noah answer a couple questions before the show, and to have him interact with us between shots. He seems genuine with a really good personality. Plus, he’s just as hilarious off air as he is on air.
For anyone else who wants to be a part of a live studio audience, I have one piece of advice: wear comfortable shoes because you’ll be standing and waiting for hours. But overall, it’s going to be worth it.