UPDATE: This story has been updated to reflect new information from Texas Performing Arts.
The stars at night are big and bright — clap, clap, clap, clap — deep in the heart of the University of Texas at Austin. Okay, so that's not quite as catchy as the original, but on November 7, the stars will indeed be brighter than ever when The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon heads to the UT campus to film that night's episode.
For Central Texans, the guest lineup features the local celebrities we've come to expect, including Chip and Joanna Gaines and UT professor Matthew McConaughey, who celebrated his 50th birthday on November 4 by joining Instagram and then posting a minute-long monologue.
Gucci Mane is slated to perform as the musical guest, somewhat surprising considering the breadth of musicians here in Austin. (Ahem, Gary Clark, Jr.? Shakey Graves? Willie Nelson?) In addition to the celeb interviews, producers are promising 'Texas-sized moments," which we can only imagine involve Bevo and 10-gallon hats and other Texas things.
Though he's filmed on the road a few times, this is actually the first time Fallon's iteration of The Tonight Show has taped on a college campus. For Thursday's show, Bass Concert Hall will transform into a de facto soundstage welcoming about 2,000 audience members — nearly all of them students.
Free tickets for the performance are earmarked for UT students only, and while the initial lottery is now closed, there are still standby tickets remaining. Students wishing to join the standby list can stop by the William C. Powers, Jr. Student Activity Center Atrium on November 5 between 3-7 pm and November 6 between 9 am-5 pm.
Those lucky enough to snag a ticket will need to be seated by 4:30 pm for the 5 pm taping on November 7. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Students who don't get into the show can watch on the LBJ Library lawn from 5-7 pm during a special watch party.
And for those of us who have aged out of college, UT's special Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon episode will air at 11:35 pm on Thursday, November 7, on NBC.