When I lived in LA I supplemented my income by being a “professional audience member.” It’s easy work, inside, air conditioned and you get a day’s entertainment. Plus, you’re paid cash at the end of the day. I was on Judge Judy, Judge Joe Brown and a whole slew of Greg Behrendt (the “He’s Just Not That Into You” guy) shows.
Our day started around 8. We were told what to wear and where to show up. Typically you worked 3 shows, had a lunch break, then went back to finish the day. Between tapings we were moved around so the more obsessive viewers wouldn’t notice the same audience members in the same seats for a whole week’s worth of shows. Judge Joe was fun and chatty. He would take questions from us and joke around. Judge Judy would disappear back to her dressing room between tapings.
Fun fact: Looking at the Judge Joe set you’ll see two doorways, one on either side of the bench. One goes to the Judge Judy set, the other goes to Divorce Court. The Magic of TV!