I planned on having a chilled out day today.Lying at the hotel pool and reading my book.I headed out to the pool at around 10h00 and half an hour later the clouds came over.!!!Hmmmm, so I decided ~ you can sunbath anywhere in the world!What are you doing!!So I picked up a brochure from the Concierge about tickets for the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and called them to enquire.She advised me to come on down and they always give last minute tickets away.So I got ready and headed out to NBC Studios for the live recording of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.The recording of the show started at 4pm so it goes out live to the east coast.I got there at 1pm, and I picked up my standby ticket and was allotted ticket number 14.But was assured that I should get into the show!!I had spent $60.00 on the cab fare to get there, so I was holding fingers & toes that I did get in.There were already about 50 people seated in a line outside the studio, but they all had confirmed tickets.A steward came over and moved me into another line, where a met a lovely couple who had come to California for their daughters engagement, and we sat and chatted for most of the time.They were really lovely, and their ticket was number 2 on the standby list, and they swapped it with mine to make sure that I got in!!Isn't that so nice!!At 3pm they started leading the confirmed ticket holders into the studio.At 3.30pm they started counting the standby guests and then they divided us into groups of 10.I was in the first group of 10, and was led into the studio!!!Whhhooooooeeee!!!I had made it ~ thanks to the lovely couple that had traded tickets with me.I was seated about 5 rows from the front just to the left of the main cameras. Awesome!!!After a short while I saw the couple who'd traded with me come through.They waved at me and gave me the thumbs up!!!
So Jay Leno came out before the show was due to start and chatted to us informally ~ he is really funny, and very down to earth!!Then he had to go and get ready, so the show's producer went on stage and invited guests down onto the stage if you had a talent.One girl went down who could touch her elbows together behind her back!!!She won a T-shirt!!Another guy told a really bad joke that was so old a guy in the audience called the answer before he did which really made it fall flat!!He got a pen!!!LOL J they went through another 1 or 2 guest then we had to take our places for the live recording to begin.
So the guest stars were the one and only Patrick 'McDreamy' Dempsy!!!And then another guy who is an older movie star.He has become a big campaigner for recycling, and his whole house is run on recycled goods.Can't remember his name though!!!Anyway, so Jay Leno does his monologue which was really funny, and we all laughed and applauded at the right times, and he was very happy!!Then he invited Patrick Dempsy on stage and the audience went wild!!!He is very funny too, and also quite humble about his success on Grey's Anatomy and that he has been labeled 'McDreamy' - he is very flattered!!He lives in upstate Maine with his wife & kids and loves motorcycles - They had a small family wedding and he is very happily married.We watched a couple of clips from his new movie 'Made of Honour'.The whole show took just over an hour and was all done by 5.30pm.I then took a cab back to my hotel - during rush hour!!!Ouch!!!But the cab driver was very good, and took me on the least busy roads and the fare was only $70, compared to the $60 on the way out there!I spent the evening packing up my stuff and watched the Jay Leno show on TV that night at 11pm.