Although Jon Stewart is no longer the host, The Daily Show With Trevor Noah is still popular as ever which means that getting tickets will require some advanced planning on your part. Since it is free to attend a taping, this is one of the best sources of free entertainment in the city. Here’s information on how you can get yourself seats for a taping:
Be sure to read our tips on other TV show taping sessions, such as Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Taping days and location
The show tapes Mondays through Thursdays. Taping begins at 6 pm and ends at approximately 7 – 7:15 pm. But the process of picking up your tickets begins a few hours earlier. The studio is at the studio is located in Hell’s Kitchen at 733 Eleventh Avenue between 51st and 52nd Streets. While you are up in that neighborhood, why not take our Self-guided tour of Hell’s Kitchen?
To reserve a ticket, go to The Daily Show ticket reservation site. Keep in mind that the show sells out a few weeks in advance so if you are planning a trip to New York City don’t wait until the last minute to try to reserve seats. You can reserve up to four tickets in your name and you must be one of the people actually attending the taping. If you can’t go with your group, none of them will get in–even with a ticket.
Picking up your tickets
The studio begins to hand out tickets for that day’s reservation holders at 2:30 p.m. at the studio location. Tickets are handed out until the studio’s 200-person capacity is met. This means that even if you have reservations, that doesnt guarantee you will get into the show. If you want to make sure you get a ticket, we suggest you go to the studio and line up at around noon.
Not all the people in your group have to wait on the ticket pick up line. Although each member of your group needs their own ticket, it’s possible to have just the person who made the reservation pick up their own ticket and put the remaining tickets for your group on hold. Tickets placed on hold MUST be picked up by 4 om or they will be cancelled.
If you want to try your luck at the standby line, it forms outside the studio at around 4 p.m. You never know!
Around holiday seasons, it is ore difficult to find dates that aren’t fully sold out, but in off-seasons (Spring and Fall) it is pretty easy to get a seat. If tickets are not available at the time you try to make a reservation, continue to check the website – sometimes more reservations become available for your desired date. Note: As of May 13, 2016 there are tickets available every day from Monday May 16th through Thursday May 26th.
General rules during the taping:
Written by Courtney Shapiro