At first, I'm confused by what we can and cannot tweet. We're told to tweet away; then we're told we're not allowed to tweet. As it turns out, we can tweet what we thought of the show and how we enjoyed the taping, but we cannot tweet the content. That makes sense, so here we go. (I know this is not a tweet).
I get to the ABC building in Ultimo at 11.30am, the call time for the taping of Andrew Denton and Zaruder's new show. Randling is a word game that is billed on its own website as "a half hour full of bulls*%t, brilliance and fun."
I stand in line for a good twenty minutes; I'm starting to wonder whether I'll have to cancel my lunch plans. I tweet to ABC TV and ask them what time we'll get out of the studio. They reply with "2pm" and I promptly cancel my plans, thus getting into a little bit of trouble.
We are led into the studio and I find a seat right down the front, which is probably not the ideal seating situation for them, as I am a man who doesn't laugh often. (I think the cameraman is clued in somehow and he avoids me.)
A high spirited, energetic entertainer comes out to converse with the audience and to warm them up for what is to come. He explains the procedures of the program and lays down the house keeping rules.
Next we meet Mr. Denton who tells us all about the show. He's charming, witty and everything you would expect from a man who has been talking live to air for the past twenty years or so.
The show begins and we are introduced to the two teams competing in this afternoons match. I can't sat who they are, because that's probably regarded as content, but I can tell you that they were actors and comedians and they were all very fun and easy to watch.
The taping does go for just over two and a half hours, so it is a long session once the pickups (extra shots) and the short question and answer session with Denton himself are through. But overall, it was an enjoyable experience and one that I've never had before.
I would have preferred to sit up the back, just to watch the show live without having to have the thought of being on camera on my mind, but such is life.
As I said earlier, the taping goes for about two and half hours. Within that is probably about an hour or so of actual show recording for a commercial half hour program. So if you just watch it on TV, there's a good hour of comedy you're missing out on, and if Andrew Denton, comedy, and words are your thing, then perhaps you should get yourself along to one of the remaining sessions.
There are afternoon and evening sessions twice a week, two on Tuesday and two on Thursday until the 12th of April. (Then comes the quarter finals and such, dates to be announced).
To sign up for a spot in the studio audience, go to the website and fill in the form. The show definitely delivered on the "bulls*%t, brilliance and fun".