1. Entertainment
Send to a Friend via Email

Be a Contestant on 'Let's Make a Deal'

Grab a Costume and Head for California!

By

Wayne Brady and contestant on Let's Make a Deal

'Let's Make a Deal' host Wayne Brady with a contestant dressed as Flavor Flav.

Courtesy CBS

The new Let's Make a Deal is the latest reincarnation of the classic Monty Hall game show, which started out in the 1960s. The new host is none other than Wayne Brady, with announcer Jonathan Mangum and model Tiffany Coyne.

Let's Make a Deal tapes at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood. To be in the running to become a contestant, you'll first have to get tickets to attend a taping. Contestants are chosen from the audience, and each show holds a total of 190 people.

Tickets can be ordered free of charge from On Camera Audiences. Dates are posted two months in advance, and if your chosen date is full you can put yourself on a wait list.

Taping dates are usually on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Two, hour-long episodes are recorded on each date, one at 10:30am and the other at 1pm. Note that the times and days of the week are subject to change, so make sure you check at On Camera Audiences to be sure that the show is actually filming on the day and time that you want tickets for.

Once you've got your tickets you're in for a treat. The waiting area features a photo booth, food truck, coffee shop, and a gift shop where you can buy branded items. If your forgot your costume you can even rent or buy one there (though we recommend showing up with your costume already in place).

Contestants are chosen from the pool of audience members, so here are a few things to keep in mind if you'd like to play Let's Make a Deal:

  • Bring photo I.D. with you, and be prepared to fill out an application and release form.
  • Costumes are strongly encouraged, and you'll need to be original. Dressing up as a ghost or something else that's very common will likely not get you picked.
  • Audience members and potential contestants must be 21 years of age or older.

When you enter the studio's waiting area you'll have a chance to indicate that you're interested in becoming a contestant. At that time you'll have to do a series of short interviews in which you tell the casting staff a little bit about yourself, fill out the appropriate forms, and do a short video test to see how you appear on film. After that you can take your seat and keep your fingers crossed! Remember, if there's something really interesting about you, your costume, the reason you're in Los Angeles, or anything else that stands out, mention it. You'll need to be memorable in order to have a chance at playing the game.

According to literature from the show, your odds of being a contestant are 1 in 18. These are extremely good odds for a game show, so be sure to get those tickets and try your luck!

  1. About.com
  2. Entertainment
  3. Game Shows
  4. Game Shows A-Z
  5. Let's Make a Deal
  6. Be a Contestant on Let's Make a Deal

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.