Audience: SAY IT! SAY IT! SAY IT!
Dr. Frank-N-Furter ...pation.
When the audience for a broadcast or performance are invited to participate in some way. This can include:
- Taking part in a public vote which influences the show.
- Contacting a show and commenting on a topic, or making song requests
- Inviting audience members on-stage, or having the cast or presenters go into the Studio Audience.
- Interviewing audience members, or calling someone up to play a game.
- Ron Popeil's infomercials for Showtime Rotisseries had the catchphrase "Set it and forget it!" which the audience would shout on command.
- Pretty Cure:
- Ever since the movie for Yes! Pretty Cure 5, the Pretty Cure movies have had the Miracle Lights, basic flashlight-like toys that are given to the audience (mostly the kids and sometimes older patrons) to use. The movies always start out by telling them what the Miracle Lights are for and what not to do with them (shine them in your eyes, pull on another's Light, swing them around, and, in the case of the Fresh Pretty Cure! movie, launch them into space.) They're used near the very end of each movie, the mascots urging the children to shine the lights and give the heroines their movie-only Super Mode to save the day.
- Doki Doki Pretty Cure had a contest in conjunction with Kondansha's children's magazines Otomodachi and Tanoshii Youchien where children aged 2-5 had to draw a new dress for Makoto which would show up in episode 40. The winner was a girl named Chiba Hiyori.
- Daily Life with Monster Girl has added several main cast members based on reader votes on what type of monster girls should show up next.
- Recently, Okayado has had fans send in self-portraits along with what type of monster girls they'd like to be paired up with for various cameo appearances.
- Gundam Build Fighters had a contest for three custom made units to show up in the anime. There was a kitbash model unit, a kitbash unit from Gundam Breaker and a custom color unit. The winners were "Zssa Storm" (a kitbashed Zssa from Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ), "Benkei" and a red and white Deathscythe.
- The sequel series had a contest where fans could vote on which obscure (read: not from an animated series) mobile suit they wanted to see put in an appearance; the winner was the Xi Gundam from the novel Shining Hathaway, which showed up during the free-for-all battle in the final episode.
- Some anime films make use of "cheering screenings" for their theatrical run, especially for runs of movies featuring Idol Singers. The audience usually gets light sticks and cheer, perform sing-alongs, and even have their own scripted Rocky Horror-style retorts to character antics. Movies that have done this include The Idolmaster, the films in the Pretty Series, and even a rerun of the first The Prince of Tennis movie.
- Jim Gaffigan is known to do something similar to this; while not actually having the audience participate, but anticipating what they're probably thinking. You can tell he's doing this when he does a Stage Whisper.
"Is he going to whisper to himself after every joke?"
- Jeff Dunham also will answer questions from the audience using Walter.
- Ross Noble's entire act will be based primarily around the audience's action in the first few minutes, as well as the surroundings of the theater at the time. You are guaranteed to never see the same show twice, and it's triply funny if you see it live.
- About half of Dara Ó Briain's act consists of him talking to select audience members.
- Promoters pay attention: even if a comic at your venue is on this list, or is especially good at audience back-and-forth, please do not advertise in a way that encourages hecklers.
- Tim Minchin has also played with this trope on occasion.
- Bill Dana was a fixture at San Francisco's comedy club the Hungry i, and in an audience Q&A session (which was recorded for the album Jose Jiminez, First Man In Space):
Audience member: Why do they call this place the Hungry i?
Dana: Has anyone given you any food since you've been here?
- Mitch Benn's show Don't Fear the Reaper opens with a parody of that very song (originally performed on The Now Show). Before this begins, as he's getting onto the stage, he hands a cowbell to someone in the front row with the words "You'll know what to do." (He says on one occasion this has gone wrong: "Never heard the song, never seen a cowbell before.")
- Batman featured what is known as the most infamous example of this trope (at least in comics): a phone poll to decide if Jason Todd would be killed by the Joker's bomb in A Death in the Family. He lost by 72 votes out of a total of 10,614 cast, and proceeded to perish, not returning until the events of Under The Hood (although he was Retconned into Hush in 2003.)
- Despite Fan Fiction Dot Net being infamous for outright forbidding this type of fic on their site, these are still quite popular and there are quite a few uploaded there. The most popular being truth or dare fics. (Where the audience makes outrageous dares the characters have to carry out.)
- The author, cuttingmoon57, once had a poll where fans can decide the size of the katana Luso would get in The Tainted Grimoire.
- Another author, ithinkabouttrees, has a Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfiction called Annabeth Chase Versus the Internet, where fans not only give suggestions on what kind of internet based shenanigans the gang runs into, but are encouraged by the author to do so. The comments to last week's chapter may give clues to what might be coming in next week's, depending on which ideas the authors decides to use.
- FanFiction.Net writer Mrfipp put up contests for reviewers so they can decide which summon is up next in his Kingdom Hearts fanfic.
- In Mass Effect Human Revolution, SpaceBattles.com-based readers were invited by the author to choose the party members that would go with Adam down to Noveria, as well as which two of the three tasks Adam would undertake in preparation for going after Elsa Devereaux.
- In Opening Dangerous Gates, the author allows the fans to vote on which Bleach characters get summoned to the Fairy Tail universe.
- In In This World and the Next Robst held a poll to decide what would happen to Ron Weasley.
- Used regularly in A Dream. If the author likes an idea, theory, or joke put forth by one of the fans, he'll incorporate it into future chapters.
- Sing-along showings of Frozen, in which people are freely able to sing-along to the catchy tunes without feeling like they're trying to stop themselves from singing aloud.
- The Rocky Horror Picture Show redefined audience participation, to the point that there's practically an entire script for what to yell at the actors and what props to throw. The whole thing started when an audience member responded to Janet using a newspaper to protect herself from the rain by yelling, "Buy an umbrella, you cheap bitch!" It just escalated from there. Most theaters that regularly show the movie also have a cast of (volunteer) live actors who'll perform in front of and generally engage the viewers as the film is shown, either adhering to the original audience script or (more commonly) making up new jokes all the time, in tune with pop culture and current events. You're almost guaranteed never to see the same exact Rocky twice.
- Shock Treatment has had shadowcast productions as well, though due to the larger cast and comparative obscurity they're not as plentiful as Rocky Horror. This is invoked In-Universe as well-the entire movie takes place in a TV studio, where the audience (hinted to be the entire population of Denton) regularly sings along with the music and responds to cue cards. Not to mention that the plot started when Brad and Janet were plucked from the audience to participate in a game show.
- The Blues Brothers involves this in Australia, specifically the Valhalla theater in Melbourne (until it closed down in 2003), where the audience lovingly recite the dialogue, dress up as their favorite characters, throw items such as white bread, newspaper and stuffed animals at the screen, and dance in the aisles to the movie's awesome soundtrack. It's an awesome experience.
- Repo! The Genetic Opera shadowcasts run on audience participation. The show encourages audience members to stand up and sing during certain key songs (We Started This Op'ra Shit!) or to wave/throw certain props (such as blue glow-sticks for Zydrate containers) at other key moments. The show also has a number of call-backs delivered in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 tradition. Which makes a particular callback fairly obvious, given that the first words shown in the film are "In the not too distant future."
- The 2003 film The Room has elicited this kind of response, albeit not the director's intention. Complete with people throwing plastic spoons, roses and footballs at the screen. See here.
- 13 Street: Last Call is a film project wherein you, the audience, submit your cellphone number, and the software randomly picks a number and calls it. Throughout the film, the audience member speaks to the protagonist via voice recognition, helping her make vital decisions that drive the film's plot.
- Anyone who has ever been to a movie theater in India can testify that this is the whole point in watching a Bollywood movie.
- The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is a children's film that encourages the viewers to dance and sing at the screenings. This likely contributed to its status as a spectacular Box Office Bomb, as no sane theater owner would put up with hordes of kids running and dancing about the building for long. Not to mention that you would be hard-pressed to find parents willing to take their kids to a movie that required them to yell, dance and sing in a setting that is supposed to be time for them to sit and be quiet.
- What's Up, Tiger Lily?, Woody Allen's Gag Dub film of a Japanese spy flick, has the hero suddenly ask the audience to believe really hard in restoring bullets to his gun, a parody of the Peter Pan stage play.
- Xanadu at one time had people in the audience shadowcasting the performance during the song "Dancin'", where the song switches between big band music and rock band music.
- Philadelphia has been trying to make an Audience Participation version of 1776 happen — props (including flies to throw at the screen) and all. It's as painfully nerdy as it sounds.
- Help!: The film has been called "The Rocky Horror Beatles Show" at some conventions (most notably Beatlefest Chicago), where screenings are frequently interrupted by audience members counting the number of times John dials the phone and handing out sticks of Wrigley's spearmint gum during the "Paul on the Floor" segment.
- During production of Revenge of the Sith, Lucasfilm created four paint schemes for Obi-Wan's new astromech droid (which has maybe a minute of screentime) and had fans vote for their favorite at starwars.com. The shiny-bronze-all-over design won.
- The Thursday Next series plays with this in the first book, The Eyre Affair. Thursday and Landen attend a long-running production of Richard III which involves cast members being drawn from the audience, shouted call-and-response from the audience, and pun-based props.
- In The Dark Sleep, Bobbi's stage performance as Shanghai Lil is prefaced by her costar staggering around the nightclub, apparently drunk, and asking the clientele if anyone has seen his girl Lil.
- In the Rainbow Magic series, readers voted on Mia the Bridesmaid Fairy and Juliet the Valentine Fairy's names.
- Many game and reality shows use this in various ways. They may get to influence the show by being a gameplay mechanic to assist the main contestant or voting for someone to be eliminated/saved/etc. Or even better, all of the contestants on a show may just be plucked from the audience by default (see The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences and Let's Make a Deal for examples).
- On occasion, shows might let audience members play an Audience Game, usually for small amounts of cash or prizes, if they have time left at the end of the show or if the game ends earlier than usual.
- Bruce Forsyth, who's presented several such gameshows including the British remake of The Price Is Right, has collected several call-and-response catchphrases over his many, many, many years in showbiz. He tends to keep them going even when he moves on from the show, so they're now so well known in the UK you could probably use them to catch out foreign spies.
- The CBS Match Game had audience participation of a different sort. Some questions like "Dumb Dora was so dumb..." prompted the audience to call back "How dumb was she?" (this first started on the panel then progressed into the audience). Audiences booing bad answers were a mainstay as well. They also had audience participation of the normal kind where they would poll studio audiences for the Audience Match segment of the Bonus Round.
- Pak De Poen De Show Van 1 Miljoen also had audience participation of a different kind. There was a number panel on the front of the screen. If the audience member had the same number as the one that was shown on the panel he would win the grand prize of 20 million BF. To put this in perspective you only need to know that the winner of the show can maximally win 1,05 million BF.
- Your Number's Up, a short-lived show on NBC from 1985, had audience members coming to the stage when the last four digits of their phone number showed up on the game board display. They stood behind the contestant they thought would win the game and won a prize if they were right.
- Community had audience participation of the voting variety. Fans designed their own Greendale flags and then voted for one to become official, the winning one was introduced in "Basic Rocket Science" and the voting was written into the plot as having been done by Greendale students.
- Audience members at the reunion special got to vote for which male and female contestant that they wanted to return in Endurance 2. The contestant votes counted as individual votes while audience vote only counted as 1 per gender though Max and Jenna, whom received the most support from the audience, still got chosen to return.
- The fireball mission from Endurance 2 was brought back in Tehachapi after being voted as the favorite Endurance mission in a fan contest.
- Garrett and Kelsey of Hawaii along with Will and Leslie of Fiji got their initial spots on the show due to being voted in from fans from a selection of other hopefuls.
- Star Trek features an In-Universe use of this trope: a Klingon Opera audience knows all the songs, and any member might get called on to play any part at any time.
- The cast of Whose Line Is It Anyway? gets their improv suggestions from the audience. And even will on-the-fly pull some of the audience into the scene.
- SportsNation is built around audience participation via the polls in which the audience votes on ESPN's SportsNation website, for which the show was named.
- In one episode of Call My Bluff, Barry Cryer gets the audience involved in his definition, much to the astonishment of Sandi Toksvig:
Sandi: I can't believe you got Audience Participation from this lot. I always thought they were just a Laugh Track!
- The Doctor Oz Show: Dr. Oz likes to get his audience involved. At least one lucky member gets to be the "assistant of the day", and sometimes the front row or even the whole studio gets in on something (heaven help you if it's a new dance)
- Studio3 is a quirky between-shows program for Australia's kids' channel ABC 3. As such, in includes a lot of audience participation, such as chances for kids to be part of the show by sending in videos, photos, or popping up on the show's webcam.
- Adam Hills In Gordon Street Tonight has Audience Participation to the hilt. The audience are asked to fill in a questionaire before the show begins and Hills uses the answers in the show, including calling specific people out. The show sometimes revisits past audience members in later shows, such an Anglican minister who willingly adopted the title "The Church Of The Latter Day Geek" for her own church (much to Hill's surprise).
- One Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch ("The Cannibal Undertaker") was so offensive, the audience rushed the stage in protest. Actually, the BBC wouldn't let the guys do the sketch w/o some sort of negative consequences, so they went all out; the audience participation was what allowed the sketch to air. In fact, if you watch the scene, you'll notice that two of the people leading the charge are Terry Gilliam and scriptwriter Ian Davidson.
- This was how That '70s Show was originally going to have its title decided. The audience for the test screening were to choose between the two Working Titles, Teenage Wasteland and The Kids Are Alright. But the audience came out of the test screening referring to it as "That 70's Show" and the name stuck.
- If none of the panelists on QI know the answer, Stephen Fry will sometimes ask the audience—and with several hundred people in, usually some of them do know. The audience have thus won several episodes, as the panelists themselves tend to score in the negatives. There are also episodes where special guests are invited in and they sit in the audience for the show. On one episode, a member of the audience came onto the stage with flapjacks when Alan Davis complained of being hungry. It hasn't always gone well for the audience however: On a couple of occasions they've been deliberately baited into The Klaxon, and indeed in the episode 'Kit and Kaboodle' the audience actually came last!
- Mystery Science Theater 3000, when it premiered on Syfy, had a home game of sorts where people on the network's website would riff World Without End while it played live. Two versions were made, at 4 pm and 11 pm.
- "Doubt", a 2004 episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, featured a "he said/she said" rape trial that ended with no announced verdict. An online poll was held and a majority of respondents found the defendant not guilty.
- Paul and Storm are probably the Rocky Horror of musical comedians; half of their songs just won't work live without banter with the audience. One of their songs, "The Captain's Wife's Lament", is regularly side tracked by joking with the audience and the general consensus is that if it runs under ten minutes, you've been short-changed (the studio version clocks in 2:25; the record is 35 minutes). In live performances, they'll often make a point of stating the time early in the song. "We are beginning it at 8:26 PM. Those of you who've not seen us before, I mention that because you'll be wondering why we're still singing it at 9:17 PM. And those of you who've seen us know I'm not kidding."
- My Chemical Romance encouraged their fans to do this with the universe based on the their fourth and final album.
- The Protomen have numerous songs where the audience is encouraged to clap along and chant or sing certain parts. Some key examples are the "WE HAVE CONTROL. WE KEEP YOU SAFE. WE ARE YOUR HOPE," in Will of One, and the back-up in Breaking Out.
- Elvis Costello had an entire audience participation tour back in 1986, and brought it back again in 2011. Called "The Revolver Tour", it featured a giant carnival-style wheel that audience members would spin to determine which song Elvis would play next.
- Subverted by Tom Lehrer in his live album Tom Lehrer Revisited, while introducing "The Irish Ballad", which parodies folk music in general:
One of the more important aspects of public folk singing is audience participation, and this happens to be a good song for group singing, so if any of you feel like joining in with me on this song, I'd appreciate it if you would leave, right now!
- Weezer did this with the Hootenanny Tour, in which audience members were encouraged to bring instruments along and play along with the band.
- Anyone who's ever been to a Green Day concert is aware of Billie Joe's infamous "Hey-Oh's" and doing the YMCA with a Pink Bunny.
- The Angels' "Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again?" has the traditional response to the chorus "No way, get fucked, fuck off!"
- It wouldn't be a Pete Seeger concert without the audience joining in on some songs. Pete is good enough at this that he can get people singing along to choruses in languages they don't know.
- Koo Koo Kangaroo is big on getting audiences at live shows to sing and dance along.
- The Arrogant Worms: "Rippy the Gator" and "Rocks and Trees" are straight examples. "Jesus Brother Bob" has a couple of lines that tends to be spoken by the audience. "Mounted Animal Nature Trail" is a bizarre example, as the animals in the song are dead and shouldn't make noise, but the crowd will make the noises anyway just so the Worms will make fun of them for doing so.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus had the audience at New York's City Center Theater sing along with the Bruces Philosophers' Song. When the audience's first attempt came half-hearted, the Bruces threatened "Anyone not singing will have a bottle of Foster's lobbed at their heads!" The words were presented and the audience joined in full volume.
- Almost every Hey! Jake and Josh show has this to some degree. Pokemon World Tour United is the most noteworthy since all gym leaders except for Blue are played by patreon sponsors. Pokemon World Tour also has the name-rater segment with viewer-submitted nicknames. Morphin' Grid, Pokemon World Tour, and Kingdom Smarts all have segments for reading listener emails (though for the latter those are usually saved until the end of each game to manage spoiler potential).
- Professional wrestling lives and dies on this form of audience participation; a suitably "hot" crowd is practically a character in the show. So much so that Dave Meltzer, of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter fame, factors the crowd into his ratings of matches on his five-star scale. Many matches have been elevated from good to great because of a hot crowd.
- I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue has audience participation in the intro to the Pick-Up Song round, parodying that of Bruce Forsyth in now-long-defunct game show Play Your Cards Right. The chairman gives the Borrowed Catchphrase "Winners will be awarded points, and what do points mean?" with the audience expected to shout back "PRIZES!" Due to this being such a well-known catchphrase, they've taken to subverting it.
Humph: And points mean Gatwick Airport. What do points mean?
Most of audience: PRIZES!
A few people: Gatwick Airport!Jack: ...And points mean prizes. What do idiots shout?
Jack: Thank you.
- Just about every Catch-Phrase in Riders Radio Theater involves some form of call and response, usually the whole audience saying the tail end along with the voice actor in unison.
- In early episodes of Just a Minute, chairman Nicholas Parsons would sometimes put difficult decisions on challenges to the audience, asking them to cheer for one panellist or boo for the other and declaring the winner to be whichever attracted the louder sound. The Swedish version, På Minuten, still uses this approach, although the chairman asks for separate cheers for each of the challenger and the challenged rather than simultaneous cheering and booing.
- A common feature in children's plays.
- Older Than Television: Peter Pan has Peter demanding that the audience clap to restore Tinkerbell.
- Ayn Rand's Night of January 16th had a jury selected from the audience to judge the defendant guilty or innocent at the end of the play.
- At the beginning of the second act of Cabaret, the emcee comes into the audience (it helps that the theater is set up like an actual nightclub) to search for a dance partner, often leading to ad-libs, such as "I sense fear here."
- Cirque du Soleil often involves the audience in its acts. For example, Mystere has a bit before the show actually starts in which a clown leads arriving audience members all around the room, to every place but where they need to be seated.
- Drood is built on this trope. Since the source material was never completed, the audience decides the identity of one mysterious character, who the murderer is, and which two characters spontaneously fall in love.
- In Passing Strange, we have characters running through the audience and audience members being sung at.
- The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has audience members join in the spelling.
- During the "Money" song in Avenue Q, the cast runs out into the aisle with buckets and hats asking for money to build Kate's Monstersorri school. All of the money ends up being donated to Broadway Cares: Equity Fights AIDS.
- Modern Luv: "Turn down the lights, take out your cell phones...", in the final number.
- Most Pantomime performances involve their audience at some point.
- Several Reduced Shakespeare Company productions involve the audience:
- The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged) selects six couples from the audience to play the animals on Noah's Ark. The rest of the audience plays the drowning sinners.
- In The Complete History Of America Abridged, the script recommends allowing the arrival of latecomers to interrupt the Amerigo Vespucci sketch, and asking them where they were all this time so that one of their answers can be recycled as a Brick Joke at the start of the second act. Later in the second act, audience members are invited to participate in a history quiz, and are polled on which of two endings to the show they want to see (though their vote doesn't matter).
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) has one audience member be Ophelia, another audience member be her ego, the front row be her id, and the rest of the audience be her superego. Hilarity Ensues.
- Maureen's performance in RENT, where she asks the audience to join her in mooing like a cow.
- At one point in Seussical, which doubles as a Funny Moment:
- More or less implied in Vanities, while the girls are practicing cheers in the first scene. However, in some productions, audiences find this works so well that they voluntarily choose to shout back at them: "Gimme a T.(T!) Gimme an I.(I!) Gimme a G.(G!) Gimme an E.(E!) Gimme an R.(R!) Gime an S.(S!) Put 'em together and whaddaya get? (Tigers!)"
- The Ship That Never Was has a fair bit of audience participation. Some characters with no spoken lines are played by people picked from the audience, some audience members are assigned characters (and given hats to wear), but said characters never actually appear on stage, and some members are given props and/or told to make sound effects.
- One of the most famous plays that has audience participation is Tony 'n' Tina's Wedding, which is performed in the style of a wedding reception and has the audience seated at tables while the cast acts from different parts of the theatre (often a converted reception hall). A 2004 film version took out the interactive aspect and was a critical and commercial failure.
- In Spamalot, the Knights find the Grail beyond the fourth wall, since the clue is hidden behind a rock (exactly what this clue is depends on the seating plan of the theatre itself). The Knights bring the one sitting in that seat onto the stage to congratulate them.
- The audience is also encouraged to join in with the reprise of Always Look on the Bright Side of Life at the end.
- Five Guys Named Moe has a lot of audience participation, especially during the final song of the first act, "Push Ka Peesh Ka Pi", which culminates in the audience dancing onto the stage and then out of the theatre in a giant conga line!
- Accidental Death of an Anarchist presents two endings to the play, and The Maniac invites the audience to choose whichever one they prefer.
- As part of a production of Julius Caesar at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London shortly after its completion, the production company planted audience members who, during the scene in which Mark Antony reads Caesar's will to the crowds to turn them against the conspirators, began shouting, "Read the will!" Soon, the whole audience began to join in, as though collectively playing the role of the crowd at Caesar's funeral.
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's second act opens with Fourth-Wall Observer Willy Wonka conducting the entr'acte and then heading into the front row to call up the Golden Ticket winners, who come charging through the aisles, to the onstage Waiting Room. And as he steps off the conducting platform, he briefly takes a seat on an audience member's lap! (If there's an unoccupied front row seat, he might take that instead, but often that's not the case.)
- Starkid's The Trail to Oregon! has the audience decide upon the names of all the characters in the family. Much like the game it is based on, most of the names tend to end up being quite silly (e.g. Slippery-When-Wet, Crab-Hole). The audience even gets to choose which character ends up dying of dysentery.
- A famous urban legend depicts an unintentional version. The legend goes that the actress who played Anne Frank in a Cleveland production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" was so bad, that when the Nazi soldiers arrive, the audience famously shouted "SHE'S IN THE ATTIC!"
- Dave Malloy's "Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812" relies on audience participation. The cast is constantly running through the audience and hands out things like pierogies and shaker eggs. In one of the songs, an audience member is chosen to be a character's suitor. Two characters pull stools into the audience and have a conversation around the people seated there. The character of Anatole repeatedly goes out into the audience and kisses women on the cheek. Letters are also given to the audience directly by cast members. Much of the audience is seated on stage for the cast to interact with.
- Universal Studios LOVES to use this throughout many of its attractions. In particular, attractions like Earthquake: The Big One, Disaster! and Universal's Horror Make-Up Show have guest volunteers brought up on stage to help demonstrate the many techniques used in the creation of special effects in movies.
- Disney's Hollywood Studios has its share of Audience Participation in pretty much 95% of its attractions. Original shows from the past included Superstar Television where guests can act in select scenes from classic TV shows like The Golden Girls, Cheers, Home Improvement, and others, and the Monster Sound Show, in which guests can add classic sound effects to a short comedic film starring Martin Short and Chevy Chase. Superstar Television was replaced with a musical based on Disney's Doug TV show, in which one child played "Quail-Kid," and selected adults played members of The Beets. And after ten years, THAT was replaced by The American Idol Experience, where talented guests auditioned for the chance to be the first in line for a real American Idol audition in their hometown. Other attractions that had audience participation included "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire-Play It!" (which is more or less a recreation of the TV show of the same name), "Lights! Motors! Action!" (in which a guest controlled a stunt car through remote control), the Studio Backlot Tour (guests were picked to get splashed in an underwater mining sequence for an unnamed action film), and "Toy Story Midway Mania" (which is an interactive ride!). Oh, and even one of the RESTAURANTS has audience participation, in the style of a 1950s household with the waiters admonishing patrons to get their "Elbows off the table!"
- As part of the Millennium celebration that ran from October 1, 1999 to January 1, 2001 Epcot had the "Tapestry of Nations" parade in the World Showcase area of the park. The Sage of Time character who headed the parade encouraged guests to dance with the performers - most of which controlled various large puppets strapped to their backs - as part of his narration. The performers occasionally interacted with the guests, depending on a given puppet or costume's capabilities. IE: they reached down and had the puppet shake hands with a guest or in the case of the Reverse Marionette, let a guest hold the hands of the smaller marionette.
- As a general example, crowd-funded games (such as those on Kickstarter) often involve pledge-participation. In addition to donation gifts for different levels of support, many studios will also poll their backers as to some of the content that will be going into the game. Other times, they will promise to include certain additional features if the project meets certain stretch goals, which can often help drum up a surge of further funding for the project.
- Puzzle Clubhouse is a series of free online games based entirely around the idea of audience participation. A new game episode comes out on the first of every month, and between episodes, the development team asks the player community to submit game concepts, story ideas, artwork, sound effects, puns, etc, for community vote. The most popular content is integrated into upcoming episodes and becomes part of Puzzle Clubhouse canon.
- After Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed was released, Steve Lycett stated that if fans of the game could get at least one hundred votes for 3 different characters from SEGA history, he would pitch those characters to Sumo Digital and SEGA for consideration of being made into DLC. The winners were Segata Sanshiro, Ryo Hazuki, and Hatsune Miku.
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door features in-universe Audience Participation with its battle system. All battles take place on a stage, with certain factors causing audience members to come in and leave, cheer on the player (which gives them star power, and Mario can even show off to the crowd to gain even more Star Power) or even throw things at the player to help or hinder them. Some enemies will even attack the audience (such as Magnus von Grapple's machine gun that fires audience members, or the Final Boss devouring the entire audience to regain health.)
- Invoked in Jackbox Party Pack 2. If enabled, anyone who joins a room after the eight contestants enter will join an audience pool. The audience members influence the games in certain way, like placing additional votes for responses in Quiplash.
- In April of 2015, Nintendo opened a polling website known as the Super Smash Bros. Fighter's Ballot, a place for gamers to suggest their ideas for characters to be added to Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U as downloadable content. After polling closed in October, a Nintendo Direct two months later confirmed that once all the votes were tallied up, Bayonetta was the winner, coming in first in Europe and placing in the top five in North America.
- Domina has this for viewers on Twitch. They can cheer on the fights to increase the prize money and determine the fate of gladiators that surrender. They also vote on decisions the player has to make during events, although the player is not required to make the audience's choice.
- Homestar Runner: Strong Bad Emails and annual Halloween costume contests.
- Many of the battles in Death Battle are taken from fan requests.
- Taco-Man Plays a Video Game lets viewers of the Captain Novolin review choose what Captain Novolin does to Mayor Gooden via annotations. If you wait too long, Taco-Man picks the wrong choice, causing Captain Novolin to go to jail.
- In Drowtales the audience exists as a black mass of white faces that surrounds Kiel at all times, making her hear the forum posts. In moments where Kiel is knocked out or badly hurt, the audience is told to call out to Kiel, which can go from taking the form of people telling her to wake up, to telling her to wash her hair every once in a while.
- Unfortunately, it's implied that Snadhya'Rune has her OWN audience of fan advisors from an alternate Earth - hence all the successful mayhem and corruption.
- The main characters of Voices can hear the readers' forum posts in their heads.
- An important element of Awful Hospital, as it is an Interactive Comic.
- Request Comics has this as a central conceit: readers can request ideas for Ben Heaton to make webcomics out of.
- Tempts Fate, the hero of the side-comic to Goblins, is sometimes indirectly aware of the audience's guesses to the riddles he must solve. One time he says "I bet if a lot of people made a guess, they would say...", while another time he states that "Over 400 people wrote [the answer to the riddle] on the door.."
- The Jupiter Palladium has fan characters which appear from time to time
- Books Don't Work Here has No Fourth Wall and all the Non Player Characters are afraid of what would happen if the audience stopped reading the comic. Because of this anyone who is an avatar of someone in the real world is treated as a first class citizen, and lives in the lap of luxury. Readers who donate to the comic can request an avatar of themselves.
- In-universe, the Traveling Heterodyne Shows in Girl Genius often have this. Case in point:
- The comics of MS Paint Adventures started out this way, being framed as text-based games. Originally fans submitted suggestions for the next 'command' which would become the next panel(s) of the comic. However, the growing fan base and increasingly complex plot resulted in the suggestion box for Homestuck being closed altogether, though fan suggestions and ideas are still incorporated into the universe on a smaller scale.
- Naturally, MS Paint Adventures inspired Prequel (and some other comics and "Ask [character]" blogs) uses this. In the former case, how much participation there is is variable; either the audience bands together to make poor Katia miserable, or the author conveniently handwaves some reason for the audience's helpful suggestions to be ignored, and still sometimes the audience suggestions will be closed temporarily for things to happen outside of her control.
- Played for laughs in this strip from Zero Percent Discount.
- Oceanfalls takes reader submitted command suggestions and uses them to advance the story. As expected, the commands submitted range from plot related to downright absolute memetic nonsensical suggestions.
- Imageboards such as 4chan and tgchan involve many scenarios called "Quests" where audience participation is the most important part of the story. The level of Medium Awareness of the main characters varies between nonexistent (characters believe that they are making queries to their subconscious and making the choices themselves) to completely aware (with many characters freaking out at the start of their stories upon listening to voices in their heads for the first time). Voting and arguments are frequent.
- Gronkh often lets his viewers decide what to do next in his Let's Plays.
- Let's Plays on the Something Awful forums will often have audience participation in the forum topic, if the game has scope for such a thing.
- Tear of Grace occasionally plays the games suggested by his audience and decides whether a series is successful and worth continuing by the amount of people who like and view it. He also regularly hosts polls in his comment section about whether or not a series should stay or be "slayed".
- Psycomedia starts every episode with a feedback section known as backfeeding and will often tackle topics based on requests
- Marek vs. Wyshynski: Prior to every episode, the titular hosts will ask a Question of the Day and invite listeners to give their answers via e-mail or Twitter, with the best answers (as judged by the hosts) being read on-air at the end of each show. Answers that get on the air range from the obvious to the witty - even Black Humor will occasionally make its way there if it is particularly clever.
- Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv) ran competitions for who among the fans would get guest spots, as well as a full Mad Libs contest.
- Anyone of the React members will always tell the viewers to comment what they should React next on the next episode of any React series (Kids, Teens, Elders and Youtubers).
- Epic Rap Battles of History takes majority of matches from comments under videos, and even encourages it in one of announcer's catchphrases:
WHO WON? WHO'S NEXT? YOU DECIDE!
- Starting from season 2, fans can also vote for official winner of the battle.
- Chuggaaconroy based his Let's Play of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on this idea. Once per 2-3 episodes, he asked fans about some idea(e.g. next public works project or his new clothes), and everyone was able to send him his/her suggestion.
- Whenever he plays a Pokemon game, the fans are allowed to choose the nicknames of his party members.
- Game Theory has the Super Amazing End Card Tournament — a poll about a set of subjects related to the video shown or about the next episode MatPat covers. Only a few times does this impact what is shown, such as what subject for the next episode.
- All of the segments of the Creepypasta story Vox and King Beau were originally posted on /x/ with the author writing as the titular character. Vox posted about the strange happenings in her life and frequently asked /x/ for advice, actively encouraging and responding to comments.
- One of the appeals of Movie Night is that you can submit your own reviews of the movies that Jonathan Paula is reviewing.
- Top Down Perspective: Before being released in podcast/video format, the show is streamed on Twitch, where the hosts always interact with the chat. They also end every show by answering viewer questions submitted to them via Twitter, the show's email address, (rarely) Facebook, and (even more rarely) handwritten letters sent to ProtonJon's P.O. box.
- The Welcome to Night Vale live shows often have the actors encouraging the audience to say or do certain things, like shouting along with a battle cry, or looking under their seats for an escaped Librarian.
- Clumsy Chicken's live YouTube streams are built around this. Viewers can request areas for her to go to/specific enemies to defeat/specific party configurations.
- Xiil3gendaryzetsubou do this during their Twitch streams to decide things like who to spend time with in Dangan Ronpa, who to take into battle in Valkyria Chronicles, which route to take in Zero Escape, etc.
- Marriland, also known as Devin, did this at the end of his ‘’Yellow Sleeplocke’’. After he (as Hello) loses to Mewtwo, he ends up depositing two of his Pokémon but keeps the four mains used in the Sleeplocke in the party. Why? Because he has challenged his Twitch audience to a final battle, with the viewers controlling Hello, and Devin using his four main Pokémon from the old team from long ago, consisting of Pikachu, Pippi the Clefable, Zippy the Charizard, and Porkchop the Primeape. Devin has the audience vote on the moves and strategize. In the end, Devin is defeated by the audience itself.
- Prior to releasing the second season, the Garfield parody Lasagna Cat put out some teasers for said season, in which fans were encouraged to call a phone number and answer an automated survey. It turned out that the survey only asked the caller to state two things: their name and how many sexual partners they have had throughout their life. The results were included in the "Sex Survey Results" video which was released along with the rest of the second season.
- During live episodes of How Did This Get Made?, Paul Scheer encourages the fans to suggest songs for the "Second Opinion" segment (where Paul, Jason, June and the guest panelist(s) read five-star user reviews culled from Amazon for the movie of the week).
- The Simpsons had, at the end of season 22, a vote to decide whether Ned Flanders and Edna Krabappel should get together. They did...and they even got married!
- Parodied and subverted in Earthworm Jim, where Jim has his super suit stolen by Psy-Crow and Professor Monkey-For-A-Head and replaced with a powerless version. He tries various methods to get superpowers to compensate, to no avail, before finally Breaking the Fourth Wall in desperation.
Jim: (to the audience) I'll get superpowers if you all just believe! Believe and clap very hard!
Jim: Well? Are they clapping?
Peter: Uh... a few of them. Most of them are just changing the channel.
- Cosgrove in Freakazoid! also appeals to the audience to clap to get them out of a bind (this time getting Freakazoid and him out of a trap). This time it actually works.
Cosgrove: Throw in some "huggbees", too!
- An episode of Family Guy played with this trope. At certain points, the cartoon would pause and an announcer would say "If you want X to do Y, text FAMILYGUY1, if you want X to do Z, text FAMILYGUY2, etc", then played the Jeopardy Final Jeopardy theme music. Once that finished, the cartoon would then act out the one the public "picked."
- A season two episode of Laff-A-Lympics utilized a cartoon gauge to determine which team would win an event by means of home viewer applause. Mildew Wolf (one of the commentators) would hold his mic up to the camera (which we see as a close-up of it). Naturally, the Really Rottens got bupkis.
- ¡Mucha Lucha!; in one episode, the three protagonists and Sally Got Volunteered for this watching a pro match after one wrestler "dares" the other to fight with four junior luchadores in his jersey. (And they help him escape a pin.)
- Teen Titans Go! did this twice: once as a hotline for who would win in "Justice League's Next Top Idol Star" and the second as to which alternate forms of the Titans would appear in the "Beast Girl" episode.