by Megan, New York Guest Concierge
One of our most common questions from guests is how they can attend a taping of a TV show, so we’ve compiled information for the most popular shows so you can plan ahead or play it by ear – whatever works for you!
This three part series starts with perhaps the most popular genre: Late Night/Comedy
Saturday Night Live Tickets
• In Advance: In order to request tickets to SNL, you must send an email to email@example.com at some point during the month of August for the upcoming season. You need to include all contact information in the email, and cannot request tickets for any specific date. If you are selected, you will receive two tickets to either the rehearsal or live show for a random date. Only one email permitted per household – audience members must be at least 16 years old.
• Last Minute: A stand-by line forms outside of the 49th St. entrance to the studio the night before the show. Stand-by tickets are given out at 7am Saturday mornings. You need to choose to try for either the rehearsal or live show at this time & will be given a numbered ticket – the rehearsal is supposedly easier to get into, but there’s no guarantee either way. The group gets lined up by ticket number when you come back for the taping & people are sent up until the studio is full. Frequently a cast member, or possibly the host, will come by to say hi to the line Friday night when they get out of their rehearsal.
David Letterman Tickets
• In Advance: Fill out the on-line form at http://www.cbs.com/late_night/late_show/tickets/online.php – you will be able to choose up to 3 dates that you would be available. Tapings are Mon-Thurs (two tapings on Thursdays.) After filling out the form you will be contacted any time within a day of submitting the form to 24 hours before the taping (depending on when tickets become available.) You will need to correctly answer a trivia question about the show in order to secure your ticket when they call you (it’s normally something relatively simple like what is the name of Dave’s band leader?, etc.) You will need to give both your and your guest’s names (if applicable) – you can only get 2 tickets & tickets are non-transferable (they will check your ids at the theater.)
• Last Minute: This is the easiest show to get into last minute! Stand-by tickets are available by either calling (212) 247-6497 starting at 11am on the day of the taping you would like to attend – or going directly to the theater from 9am-12pm (Broadway at 53rd St.) There is greater success for people going in person vs calling & you will still need to answer a trivia question for either of these methods as well.
Jimmy Fallon Tickets
• In Advance: Advance tickets can be requested through the ticket office at (212) 664-3056 – tickets are generally given out about one month in advance. You can request up to 4 tickets at a time, all audience members must be at least 17 years old.
• Last Minute: Arrive no later than 9am on the day of the taping at the 49th St. side of NBC studios under the “NBC Studios” marquee. Only one stand-by ticket will be given per person, and they do not guarantee admittance into the taping. Any tickets not given out at 9am will be held at the NBC Studio Tour desk – on the second floor of the NBC Experience Store.
The Colbert Report Tickets
• In Advance: Fill out the on-line request form at http://www.colbertnation.com/tickets/ – there is an interactive calendar that will let you choose an available date. You can request up to 4 tickets for the taping. If no times are listed, you can supply an email address for them to alert you when more dates open up.
• Last Minute: Stand-by tickets are given out at the studio on the day of the taping (513 W. 54th St., between 10th & 11th Ave.) There is no official time listed to arrive, but earlier is always better. They generally give the tickets out in the early afternoon (2-3pm) with tapings closer to 3-4pm. One ticket is given per person, all audience members must be at least 18 years old.
The Daily Show Tickets
• In Advance: Fill out the on-line request form at http://www.thedailyshow.com/tickets – there is an interactive calendar that will let you choose an available date. You can request up to 4 tickets for the taping. If no times are listed, you can supply an email address for them to alert you when more dates open up and/or send them an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose to send an email, be sure to include your name, the show date you would like to attend, and the number of tickets requested (again, up to four.)
• Last Minute: The Daily Show tapes Mon-Thurs at about 5:30pm. Stand-by tickets are EXTREMELY difficult to get – you would try directly at the theater located at 733 11th Ave., between 51st & 52nd St. Stand-by tickets are one/person and are typically given out in the early afternoon.
Stay tuned for our next installment on Thursday – Daytime/Talk Shows!