Asbury's Original Sitcom Seeks Studio Audience

WILMORE, Ky. — At Asbury, October brings colorful leaves, pumpkin spice lattes and the unique opportunity to be a part of an award-winning TV sitcom studio audience.

Asbury's sitcom, "Friends Like You," is filmed in the production studio of the Miller Center for Communication Arts.
Asbury's sitcom, "Friends Like You," is filmed in the production studio of the Miller Center for Communication Arts.

Asbury University’s original TV sitcom, “Friends Like You,” will be filmed before a live studio audience at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 9-11. Audience seating opens at 6:45 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $3 each (or two for $5) and are available at the main office of the Miller Center for Communication Arts. Tickets also can be reserved by calling (859) 858-3511, x2405, and picked up at the box office window before taping.

“The audience is an essential component in the production process, as the laughter from the studio audience is recorded during the program and included in the finished soundtrack,” said Professor Doug Smart, whose Hollywood TV credits include sitcoms such as “Golden Girls,” “Newhart,” “Benson” and “Empty Nest.”

This year’s episode, titled “Ain’t She Sweet,” takes place in a student broadcast newsroom, where Allison, the newly appointed News Director, must deal with James, the disgruntled sports anchor who believes he should have been given the News Director’s position. The situation becomes more complicated upon the arrival of Jessica, an adorably sweet but somewhat clueless young woman, who shows up unexpectedly for a reporter’s job that had been promised to her by the former News Director.

“It is so exciting to be both on film and having an audience at the same time because the audience is on the roller coaster with you,” said Victoria Barnes, who will play Jessica in the sitcom. “Every night the audience is different, thus making the sitcom different each night. It is a very unpredictable thing, and that is what makes it exciting.”

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