I was part of the audience for a few tapings of Family Feud while living in Melbourne. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to be an audience member for a television show. So when I found out it’s free and easy to be part of the Family Feud audience, I signed myself and my friend Sam up for the experience.
It was so much fun! I was most looking forward to reading the remaining answers that the contestants didn’t get, and I absolutely lost it when I read the first one. The answer was “Lost Ball” for what you talk about over the fence with your neighbor. As soon as I read the words, I fell into a fit of giggles and couldn’t stop. I had to focus all my effort on laughing silently, because I didn’t want to ruin the audio for the show. It was such a great moment.
We filmed three episodes during the day, with a short break after filming the second episode. The audience director, Russell Fletcher, was a great lead and quite hilarious. He did a wonderful job explaining our role and giving cues: clap, cheer, encourage to pass or play, etc. He did an equally good job at keeping the audience members lively and entertained. And he was tactful, but humorous, when reining in overzealous people in the audience.
The show takes care of the audience members and makes an effort to show them a good time. Russell threw candy (well, lollies) to the audience between takes and gave away a few raffle items, including two tickets to an adventure park. Russell also quizzed the audience between takes, seeing if we could guess the top answers to survey questions that didn’t make it into the show.
We were also given surveys to fill out, which I loved, because I’ll now be one of the 100 people surveyed for a response on the show. Sure it’ll just show up as an anonymous number, but it’s still fun to know I’ve responded to a Family Feud survey.
We filmed on Wednesday, February 24 for episodes that aired on March 30, 31 and April 1. We started around 1:45 p.m. and finished just after 5 p.m. The process is pretty straight forward and well organized. After checking in and receiving a raffle ticket, you wait in an area with a green screen, couches and a cardboard cutout of the host, Grant Denyer. We only had to wait about 15 minutes before we were sent into the sound stage. Once there, Russell briefed us on our role as the audience and we proceeded with filming.
I absolutely loved the experience, and would happily do it again if the opportunity arises. If you’d like a seat in the audience, just head to the show’s website to sign up.