Q: In "America's Funniest Home Videos," why does the audience always look all dressed up?

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Adam Thomlison / TV Media

You think of restaurants and nightclubs as having a dress code, but you'd never expect it from a show about people embarrassing themselves on camera. Yet "America's Funniest Home Videos" has one.

I guess we should think of it as attending two dozen film premieres -- if you want to be in the audience for the world debut of "Man Gets Hit in Crotch by Baseball Part 267," you have to dress the part.

(Note that I'm not knocking videos of people getting hit with things -- they're funny, every single time, which is why "America's Funniest Home Videos" has been a Sunday night TV mainstay since 1989.)

Audiences Unlimited Inc. is the company that books live studio audiences for "AFV" and all sorts of other shows, and its ticket-booking website is emphatic. "The studio audience at 'AFV' appears on camera and appropriate dressy attire is required. Jackets/dress shirts and slacks preferred for men. Absolutely NO casual attire please."

And, much like an exclusive nightclub, there are consequences for not complying. "Guests not dressed appropriately may be denied admission." 

If you think your wardrobe has what it takes (and you'll be in the California area), tickets are free -- you can check out Audiences Unlimited's website at TVtickets.com for info.


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