Jeffrey Vallis is a freelance writer and communications specialist living in Toronto.

Thoughts and reflections on my life and work.

Thoughts and reflections on my life and work.

I went to a taping of The Social and I've never had more fun

Laughing with the hosts of  The Social  after the live taping of the show. From left: Kaj, Clare, Melissa Grelo, Wally, Marci Ien, Cynthia Loyst, Jessica Allen, and me.

Laughing with the hosts of The Social after the live taping of the show. From left: Kaj, Clare, Melissa Grelo, Wally, Marci Ien, Cynthia Loyst, Jessica Allen, and me.

When I first came to Toronto, I was unemployed and taking creative writing classes, so I was often home during the day with some extra time on my hands. That’s when I developed my addiction to daytime television talk shows.

I watched Live with Kelly (after Michael and before Ryan) every morning at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast, and tune in to The Social every day at 1:00 p.m. with my lunch. Now, even though I’m not always home during the day (#workingman), I still record the shows and watch them later.

When I describe The Social to people who have never seen it, I say, “Imagine The View, but with friendlier, more respectful hosts that actually like each other.” It’s true, though. Even when the hosts on The Social disagree about something, they still let each person have their say, and then they go out for wine after and post it on Instagram, so we all wish we were friends with them too.

Kaj and Wally's hands after an hour of enthusiastically clapping at a live taping of  The Social .

Kaj and Wally's hands after an hour of enthusiastically clapping at a live taping of The Social.

As you can imagine, I was thrilled when my friends Wally and Kaj came to visit from Winnipeg and offered me one of the tickets they snagged to a live taping of The Social. It’s not difficult to have fun with these two as it is, but the audience coordinator (and actual comedian) Derek also helped to get us so fired up before the show that we didn’t even realize we were clapping our hands raw.

Not that there was ever any doubt, but I had the best time at the show. I guess my enthusiasm must have been pretty evident because I made it into one or two audience shots. My friend Courtney texted me saying “Omg you’re on every 25 seconds. Every audience shot is you.”

More importantly, she went on to say, “I’d give you the Emmy Award for best lead performance in a daytime talk show audience.” What can I say? I take my role as an audience member very seriously, as I’ve proven before at a taping for Live with Kelly.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about the hosts because they are all so funny, and smart, and beautiful (Melissa’s arms make me regret the fact I ever canceled my gym membership)! And they’re all so friendly.

Lainey Lui couldn’t stay after the show because she had to get to etalk, but she came around on the last commercial break to make sure everyone in the audience enjoyed themselves and thanked them for coming. Who does that? A class act!

Also, we took photos with the hosts (sans Lainey) after the show, and laughed and hugged and became instant best friends.

So a reminder for the next time you’re in Toronto: You, too, could have this much fun by attending a live taping of The Social. Message me after to tell me all about it.

From left: Kaj (with his prize for most enthusiastic audience member), me, and Wally in the audience at a live taping of  The Socia l. 

From left: Kaj (with his prize for most enthusiastic audience member), me, and Wally in the audience at a live taping of The Social. 

From left: Wally, Clare, me, and Kaj before the live taping of  The Social .

From left: Wally, Clare, me, and Kaj before the live taping of The Social.

Kaj taking a photo of Wally and Lainey Lui during commercial break at a live taping of  The Social .

Kaj taking a photo of Wally and Lainey Lui during commercial break at a live taping of The Social.