Inside The Actors Studio Summary
- Inside The Actors Studio is 1-5 hrs long
- 1 Taping(s) per week
- Opened June 12, 1994
- Show Closes: Open ended
- Talk Show
Inside the Actors Studio is an intimate talk show hosted by James Lipton. Celebrities sit down and speak in depth about their work and life experiences.
Inside The Actors Studio Broadcast Time
Inside The Actors Studio broadcasts at sporadic times at days on channel BRAVO. It is also watched on other foreign markets.
Inside The Actors Studio Host Profile
James Lipton was born in 1926 and hails from Detroit, Michigan. He has been an American writer, composer and actor during his long career. At Pace University's Actors Studio Drama School (formerly at The New School) in New York City, Lipton serves as dean emeritus. Lipton is an heir to the Lipton family fortune of tea producers that were pervasive during the 1960's and 1970's. Lipton is also currently the producer and host of the television series Inside the Actors Studio, which debuted in 1994 in NYC at Pace university.
Inside The Actors Studio Background
Inside The Actors Studio is a talk show that focuses on the premise and education of acting. As there is no time limit on this show, the taping can go on for up to four hours and is brutally edited down to just one hour. Seeing the full show in person, in its entirety, provides you with an interview experience that television audiences will never see. On TV you see an hour-long, Bravo-friendly format that feels a great deal more homogenous than the in-person experience. Audience members often complain that the edited TV show bears little resemblance to their in-studio experience. Make sure you eat before going to this show as they do not provide food or drinks to keep you sustained. This show can have a great array of Hollywood's A-List guests that appear. Pace university does not like the general public attending this show, but are forced to accept it by Bravo and the Hollywood reps/bookers, because the celebrity guest does not want to appear out-of-reach to the general public. With this in mind, the show will place the general public at a lower seating priority than everyone else and put them at the back of the theatre. The guests do not usually stay around after the show because they are exhausted from the four hours of taping and Q&A session with the students. James Lipton is over ninety years old and is not very friendly after the show, but this could be because he is so exhausted from the taping.
The show's interview guests are not its only stars to appear, as host, James Lipton, has gained notoriety for his slow paced interviewing style and he is now a recognizable celebrity in his own right. The show gained TV immortality when in 2007, on NBC's flagship show Saturday Night Live, Will Ferrell mimicked James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio in a parody by emphasizing the host's tendency to ask pretentious questions and over praise his celebrity guests in his own distinctive interviewing style.
The affiliation with the prestigious Actors Studio allows Inside the Actors Studio to attract the most talented and respected performers in the world to the show. The show has received fourteen Emmy nominations.
In 1994 the Actors Studio, with Lipton at the helm, decided to create an educational program at The New School and the show was a seminar for that program. The show began at the John L. Tishman Theater at The New School for Social Research in New York City. James Lipton was the fresh-faced host and the actor interviewed was Paul Newman who appeared and spoke about his life in the performing arts. The format of this show was billed as a "craft seminar" and was attended only by faculty and students of The New School.
Newman was a former Actors Studio president and set a high bar for all interviews that followed. Unlike most celebrity interview TV shows, Inside the Actors Studio has a slow-paced format and concentrates on the timeless craft of acting rather than asking empty questions about celebrity and gossip.
No longer affiliated with The New School, Inside The Actors Studio is now designed as a seminar for the master's degree class part of the course curriculum at Pace University. The show is run by the independent organization The Actors Studio that was founded in 1947 in New York City. The Actors Studio is a small non-profit organization for professional actors, directors and playwrights and has given birth to many successful artists including the classic Marlon Brando who began his acting career at this studio. Other notables included Ellen Burstyn, Harvey Keitel and Al Pacino who remain co-presidents of the organization. The Actors Studio uses both the Stanislavski System and the Method of which they retain exclusive rights to both.
Inside The Actors Studio Notes
June 12, 1994: Premier of first season of Inside The Actors Studio
March 19, 2013: Premier of the 19th Season Featuring Tina Fey
May 29, 2013: Airing of the 250th Special featuring Dave Chappelle and Christopher Walken
February 12, 2015: Premier of the 20th Season featuring Neil Patrick Harris
Michael Schimmel Center
New York, NY 10038
Inside The Actors Studio Ticket Information
Getting tickets to Inside the Actors Studio is much easier for all students and faculty from PACE University. However, because this is a closed event, the public is usually only able to get tickets via the show's standby line.
You must be at the general public standby line at least two hours before the TV show taping starts.
Free Tickets To The Public:
Inside The Actors Studio does not pay the guest celebrities for their appearance on the show, but they do charge their students for the course credit to attend the taping. The suggestion that the show should be "students only," is a little uncomfortable for all concerned. The school begrudgingly allows members of the public to attend the taping, although they seat them at the back of the theatre after all the school faculty and students have been seated.
Students and faculty are given priority access for tickets to this show. Students must be be enrolled in The Actors Studio Drama School at PACE to be able to get this VIP treatment.
Inside The Actors Studio Show Schedule
Inside The Actors Studio tapes once a week on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM in the Michael Schimmel Center at New York City campus of Pace University.
The show tapes at random dates and times and is also aired occasionally on TV.
By signing up for the Michael Schimmel Center mailing list, you will receive updates on upcoming tapings. These emails will also provide more information on standby tickets for the public.
- James Lipton
Lou Del Prete
- Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts
- Distributed by
- Jeff Wurtz
- Sound Department
- Spyros Poulos
- Sound Department
- Tim Cereste
- Opening Theme
- Angelo Badalamenti
- Camera Operator
- Howard Heitner