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Lip Sync Battle Hosted By LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen

Free Tickets To See Lip Sync Battle in New York City/California

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Lip Sync Battle - TV Show Summary

In recent years, many TV shows have suffered from their own lip syncing controversies, including Britney Spears on her Circus Tour, Beyonce at the President's inauguration and Ashlee Simpson on SNL. Taking the art of lip-syncing (or lip-singing as millennial's love to incorrectly call it) to the extreme is the self-titled Lip Sync Battle now airing on Spike TV.

Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle TV Show was developed by Stephen Merchant, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt and began as a small segment on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show in April 2014. The first recording of the new stand-alone-show was in January 2015, at the ABC studios at 320 W. 66th street in New York City. The new show is hosted by LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen. The pilot production failed to garner any significant interest from any major celebrity and was forced to use a C-list celebrity, but for later recordings in the first season, the show was able to get a mix of celebrities that included Julianne Hough, Anna Kendrick, Derek Hough, Michael Strahan, Hoda Kotb, Dwayne Johnson, Anne Hathaway and John Legend (Teigen's husband). Rappers Common and Salt 'n' Pepa also made an appearance in the show. In other shows a variety of other famous B-list acts were used as background dancers or singers.

Because Lip Sync Battle was created by Krasinski, Blunt, Fallon and Merchant, the show producers are able to leverage their star power to lure big celebrities into the show in a Kevin-Bacon-Game kind of way, as each of them must be connected to nearly everyone in the industry either directly or indirectly. These stars are also compelled to appear on their own show to support their project, which gives one the indication if a group of celebrities had not created this show, then the project would have failed at the first hurdle.

One of the biggest complaints by bookers on the show was the fact that most celebrities live in Hollywood and do not feel the urge to come to New York to just shoot Lip Sync Battle. the producers have started shooting some shows in Hollywood and will gauge the success of the bi-coastal format after the first season, but it is a very expensive option for Spike TV to move the set between NYC and Hollywood during a season, so the show taping may ultimately end up in Hollywood, if only for budgetary reasons. Clearly studio audiences in Hollywood are a lot less motivated to go and see shows in this genre. Due to the lack of star power in the early shows, free tickets were easily available on the night of the show outside the studio and the recordings felt over-hyped, rather than natural audience excitement. An LA based audience management company was hired to give out free tickets in New York City, which is a sacrilege in the industry. The people that they brought in were not quite into-the-show in the way Fallon's Tonight Show audience was. Anyone walking up to the studio could get free tickets at the door, albeit general admission tickets as opposed to the VIP tickets. It was unclear how these different levels of tickets actually differed in any way from each other and where they actually were in the TV studio, perhaps only in a velvet rope perception way rather than any reality.

How To Get Tickets to Spike TV's Lip Sync Battle in NYC/CA

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Free Tickets To Lip Sync Battle:

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Standby Tickets To Lip Sync Battle:

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Should You See Lip Sync Battle Being Taped in NYC OR CA?

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Seeing your favorite celebrity do their very best at lip-syncing to classic music tracks is a great deal of fun and not to be missed. The TV studio set for this show is lavish, but the staff and crew treat the audience like cattle, herding them around and barking orders to clap, laugh and cheer at their whim. The warm up comedian, Craig Baldo was poor and failed to get the audience suitably excited for this amazing show. LL Cool J brings a great deal of stage presence to the show and is the consummate professional, but Chrissy Teigen looks awkward in the "role" of DJ, when she doesn't actually play any music (an unsung audio guy does that) and it is not clear what her job on the show actually is. Teigen is also forced to hide her natural beauty as she is so overly made-up that she often looks like she just graduated from stripper school. The show brings out surprise guests that may accompany the celebrities in singing and the night we went, this was no exception - no spoilers here! The show gives each celebrity two songs to perform and the celebrities perform with much gusto, attempting to whip the audience into a mild frenzy. The show is fun, but given that the majority of the time it is C-list celebrities that appear, it is not much better than just bad karaoke with a famous face- but it is still a fun experience.
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Noteworthy Dates for Lip Sync Battle   ABC Studios 66th Street   Studio Hours and TV Studio Entrance

Noteworthy Dates For Lip Sync Battle

Recording Start Date: January 2015
Start Air Date: April 2, 2015
TV Show Closes: Open Ended

Taping Season
This show tapes in 10 show segments and the takes a couple of months hiatus.

New York City TV Studio Address:

ABC Studios
320 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023

How To Get To The Studio:
Take the 1 Train to 66th Street and Lincoln Square and walk down to the corner of 66th Street and West End Avenue.

Studio Hours:

Monday - Thursday: 6PM - 9PM

TV Studio Entrance:
Down the steps at:
320 West 66th Street
(Close to the corner of 66th Street and Riverside Drive)
New York, NY 10023
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Who Makes The Best Lip Synchers?

Comedic actors tend to make the best lip-synchers. Singers and TV celebrities often just come over like a bad karaoke session, still entertaining, but nothing like a good actor.

There were early tip-offs to this in Fallon's Tonight Show in the segments that featured singers Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton that were poor compared to the previous Fallon segments with Rudd, Levitt and Stone which were hilarious. It is after all a comedy show and actors have the nuance and comedic timing down pat.

Lip Sync Battle on Spike TV Network:

Spike TV may not be the strongest TV channel to start Lip Sync Battle due to its alignment with 18-35 men, but Spike TV is a subsidiary of Viacom Media Networks and over time, they may sell the show to MTV or VH1 to garner a more mixed, and younger, demographic. Spike TV's lead-in show, currently scheduled as the Lip Sync Battle Pre-Show needs to be stronger than their current offerings, unless Spike TV plans on making the viewership numbers from DVR or Youtube "viral sensation" views, something that Nielsen has been notoriously slow to embrace.

Increase In Internet Traffic:
Spike TV may well just be counting on the potential increase in internet traffic as Spike TV viewers demographic tend to use more web than TV anyway. With the existing lip sync battles from Fallon's Tonight Show already garnering 50 Million plus views on Youtube, Spike TV could turn this start-up show into a cash cow through one of the shows trending higher.
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Show Transmission Time:

The show is transmitted at 8:00 PM Eastern Time and runs for an hour with commercials till 9:00 PM.
There is a pre show for this show that starts at 7:00PM

Show Transmission Channel:
Lip Sync Battle is transmitted on Spike TV and across the United States. The show is rebroadcast internationally on various networks.

When Does This Show Tape:

Lip Sync Battle is taped Monday through Thursday. You must be there by 6:00 PM but the taping does not start until 7:00 PM and runs through 8:00 PM. Do not expect to leave the building until 8:30 PM due to the crowds, delays in the elevator and coat check. The final edited show broadcast on TV is just 30 minutes, but only 22 minutes of footage with 8 minutes of commercials.You must be at least 18 years old to attend Lip Sync Battle taping and present a government issued ID.

Executive Producers:

Eight Million Plus Productions - Jimmy Fallon
Eight Million Plus Productions - Rick Schwartz
John Krasinski
Jay Peterson of Matador
Stephen Merchant
Beth McCarthy-Miller
Jon Parsons
Mike Thomas
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LL Cool J Background:

Perhaps the coolest part of Lip Sync Battle is the host LL Cool J (born as James Todd Smith).
LL brings his stage presence to bear in Lip Sync Battle with his cool persona and laid back attitude, the value he brings to the show is immensurable and his ad-libbing adds so much more than the scripted show would have by itself.


LL is well known as a multi-talented singer/actor//songwriter. He also has a knack for making large crowds comfortable with his smooth voice and charismatic charm. Aside from Lip Sync Battle, LL has hosted The Annual Grammy Awards two years in a row (both in 2012 and 2013). He began his career as what we now refer to as old school rap. Over time, LL grew to expand his resume as an actor and show business impresario. He also has had a stellar acting career in critically acclaimed series' such as NCIS: Los Angeles and movies like S.W.A.T.
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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen

It is no coincidence that John Legend appeared on the show with his wife Chrissy Teigen, who is the DJ/Host on the show. Legend is a very successful musician, but his acting chops were not strong enough for Lip Sync Battle and his appearance on the show was a little flat - after all he is a singer, pretending to be - you guessed it - a singer, albeit a caricature of a singer. Similarly, Chrissy Teigen is a beautiful model with Sports Illustrated credits and has appeared in her husband's All Of Me music video. Teigen's TV experience has been limited and in this show, it appears she may be uncomfortable in the her role as DJ without any real responsibility as she doesn't actually perform any function other than to talk to LL Cool J and hold up the winners belt, which looks much like a WWE wrestling belt, only flashier (if that is possible) LL Cool J introduces Teigen and reads some scripted jokes from the teleprompter, "Chrissy Teigen has a degree in shopping," Teigen responds with "Yes, that's true," but you feel that Teigen just set herself, and women everywhere, back by fifty years. Sadly it doesn't stop there, Teigen tries to hold it together but takes five takes to record one short line of dialog from the teleprompter, showing that she just recognized the rampant misogyny in TV production in New York City and she felt utterly powerless to respond.
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Big Celebrities On The Show

In an effort to boost ratings (and the chance that the show will be picked up) Merchant, Krasinski, Blunt and Fallon have all signed on to do actual appearances on the show, with the hope that as the show becomes more mainstream celebrities reps will allow their more famous clients on the show.

The show has experienced the problem that many new shows have at getting A-list stars on the show at the start of their run.

For example, in the signing competition show genre, American Idol and The Voice weren't able to garner any serious celebrity endorsement (other than the hosts) until their 3rd season. The talent booker at Lip Sync Battle probably has the hardest job in town, but they probably do have access to Blunt's, Fallon's, Merchant's and Krasinski's Rolodex.

Comparison To The Lip Sync Battle On Fallon's Tonight Show:

The Lip Sync Battle show fails to capture the luster of the original bits on Youtube that were shot on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show, that included Paul Rudd, Emma Stone, John Krasinski and Joseph Gordon Levitt. It was those bits that captured over 40 million views per video and the interest of the nation at large. Fallon and his featured guests made audiences wide-eyed with glee, whereas Spike TV's show is merely mildly interesting

It is clear that Spike TV executives on the show do not yet grasp that actors work the best in the role, as lip-syncing is actually acting. Actors actually take time to memorize the lyrics of the song and will then develop an impromptu dance routine to match, which makes the segment both hilarious and compelling. Non-actors tend to baulk at the challenge.

The Best Audience Seats In The Studio

This TV show is shot in studio 3C, which is on the third floor of the Paramount ABC studios at 320 W. 66th street in New York City. The studio is only served by two elevators so getting in and out of the studio is slow. There are three main areas in this TV studio that the audience can be in during the recording. The areas are the: the main floor, the balcony are the rear seats.

Standing on the main floor in front of the stage is where all the fun is. Standing on the side balconies has a better view, but a little further back from the stage. Sitting in the seats at the back is much further back and the boring corporate types tend to sit there. We suggest the first two spots for the most enjoyment, but bear in mind you will be standing for over 1.5 hours, especially if they have to re-shoot any scenes, which can extend taping by another hour.
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Producers: Patrizia DiMaria & Josh Greenberg
Executive Producers: Cassey Patterson & Rick Schwartz
Supervising Producer: Sean Murphy
Co-Executive Producers: Leah Culton Gonzalez & Dave Larzelere
Writers: Jordan Allen Dutton & Peter Karinen
Associate Directors: Stefani Cohen & Michelle Robinson
Stage Managers: Lynn Finkel, Denny Barry & Jennifer Marquet
Coordinating Producers: Pete DiOBilda & Alicia Portugal
Associate Producer: Brittany Mehmedovic
Consulting Producer: Steven Murphy
Production Manager: Baz Hatfield
  Production Designer: Keith Raywood
Lighting Designer: Chris Landy
Behind The Scenes Producer: Gillian Barnes
Creative Director: Danielle Flora
Production Coordinator: Sarah Warburg
Script Supervisor: Sophia Bonhomme
Art Directors: Anthony Bishop & Jeremiah Gastinell
Assistant Production Coordinator: Brenda Early
Script Coordinator: Kayla Acton
Associate Art Director: Brit Adams
Talent Manager: Michelle Adkins
Talent Coordinator: Megan McLaughlin
Talent Executives: Kelly Brock, Melissa Chusid, Amanada Ahmad & Tisha Fein
Music Supervisor: Jill Meyers
  Music Clearance: Drew Bayers
Audience Coordinator: Rob Crawford at 1IOTA
AFTRA Coordinator: Carley Flinn
Director of Post Production: Bobby Kondrat
Editors: Asaf Eisenberg, Hector Lopez and Amy Barbour
Post Supervisor: Michael Robie
Post Coordinator: Patrick Lewis
Lead Assistant Editor: Kristen Selph
Assistant Editors: Alex Garcia & Pete Hedberg
Post Audio Mix: Josh Morton & Kristian Pedregon
Tech Manager: Pete Rizzo
Technical Director: Keith Winikoff
Staging Supervisor: Carson Culon
Audio Engineer: Klaus Landsberg

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Parking For This TV Studio
The closest parking garages to ABC Studios at 320 W. 66th st in New York City are located at:
ICON Gemini (Lincoln Towers)
150 West End Avenue
New York, NY 10023
ICON 64th West End Parking
285 W 64th Street
New York, NY 10023
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.