New York TV Show Tickets

This post is about how to get tickets to New York TV shows. While visiting NYC, not only do you have the opportunity to see amazing sights, you can attend the live filming of some of your favorite TV shows!

Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and more film in New York City and offer travelers the opportunity to be a part of their studio audience.  

The best part? All of these shows will let you see a live taping for free! In fact, this is one of our top 10 free things to do in NYC list.

Now, we wish this was the case for Broadway shows, but there are discounts to be found.

We have a post with tips on getting really discounted Broadway show tickets.

TIP:  You might be interested in an NYC TV and Movie Sights Tour, which is included for free with several NYC tourist discount passes as well as our list of free things to do in NYC.

Good Morning America

The Today Show

Rachel Ray Show

The View

Live! with Kelly Ripa

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Saturday Night Live

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Late Night with Seth Meyers

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Saturday Night Live Tickets

For a more in-depth post about seeing the show, how to survive the long wait, and some fun history of SNL, see our post How to get Saturday Night Live Tickets (or Standby Tickets).


Show airs live on Saturdays at 11:30 pm EST on NBC.

How To Get Tickets:

Tickets are given out via a random lottery. To enter the lottery, send an email to during the month of August only.

Include your name and all of your contact information in the email.  

Only one entry is allowed per household, so you and your family members can’t all send separate entries.

If Selected:

  • You will receive two tickets for a specific date.  They are given randomly; you cannot pick your dates when you enter.
  • You will receive a ticket to either the live taping (11:30 pm) or the dress rehearsal (8 pm)
  • You must be at least 16 years of age to attend the show.
  • You will only be notified if you are selected to receive tickets

If You Aren’t Selected (But Want To Try Anyway):

You can try to get Standby Tickets. The line is on the 49th St side of 30 Rockefeller Center and tickets are distributed at 7 am on the day of the show.  

Be warned: you are in for a long wait. People often camp out overnight to get standby tickets. You are required to stay in line the whole time (except for short, necessary breaks.)  

Tickets are first-come, first-served and do not guarantee entry into the show. You can elect to get stand-by for either the dress rehearsal or the live taping.


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The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Tickets

This show tapes Monday through Friday at 5 pm. The show airs on weeknights at 11:34 p.m. EST on NBC.



How To Get Tickets:

Tickets are usually released about a month in advance, so it is possible to plan ahead for this one in conjunction with your trip.  You will only be allowed to book tickets for The Tonight Show once every 6 months. 

The basics are that to get tickets, you will first need to sign up with 1iota, the website that handles many TV taping ticket requests. 

You can learn more from our detailed post on tickets to the Late Show

If You Get Tickets:New York TV Show Tickets

  • The person who reserved the tickets must be present. They will check IDs to match names.
  • No groups larger than four people may book.
  • No bags larger than small purses will be allowed in.
  • No cameras, phones or electronics of any kind will be allowed into the taping.
  • No one under the age of 16 may attend the taping.
  • Those attending are asked to keep to a “smart casual” dress code.

If You Don’t Get A Ticket:

Standby tickets are given out at 9 am for that day’s show. They are distributed at the 49th St entrance to 30 Rockefeller Center.  

If you don’t make it by 9 am, you can inquire about standby tickets at the NBC Experience Store. Standby tickets do not guarantee entry into the show.

If you don’t get tickets, why not take our self-guided tour of Midtown Manhattan since you are already in the area.

Other Tonight Show Experiences

Every day, The Tonight Show invites a small audience to watch Jimmy Fallon rehearse his monologue. Your reaction to the rehearsal audience partially determines what makes it into the actual show.  

You can get tickets to be a part of the Tonight Show process by clicking on this link Jimmy Fallon monologue rehearsal.


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Late Show with Stephen Colbert 

Tickets to the Late Show with Stephen ColbertThough the show airs at 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on CBS, the taping begins at 5:30 pm to 7 pm. 

Read our full post on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert for more information on the show and tickets, but below is a summary:

  • Tickets can be reserved on the Late Show website.
  • Tickets are offered 2 months in advance.
  • Maximum 2 tickets per person.
  • Check out their FAQ section.


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The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Tickets  

Tickets for the Daily Show with Trevor Noah

Tickets for these taping often book well in advance of the show. You can sign up here for email alerts so that you know when tickets become available.

For even more helpful information read our full guide to getting tickets to the taping of the Daily Show.  

The show airs weeknights at 11:00 pm on Comedy Central.

Standby Tickets:

Like most shows, The Daily Show offers standby tickets. And as with the other shows, these do not guarantee entry into the taping.   

Tickets are handed out at 2:30 pm the day of the show. The Daily Show tapes Monday through Thursday at 733 Eleventh Ave (between 51st and 52nd Sts.)  

Because of the show’s extreme popularity, it is recommended that you get in line well before 2:30 pm if you want a better chance of getting in.

If you don’t get tickets, then be sure to explore the area on our self-guided tour of Midtown Manhattan.

If You Get Tickets:

  • You must arrive no later than 4:30 pm.  If you arrive before the rest of your party, you can only pick up your ticket.  The others must pick theirs up by 4 pm, or they may be given away.
  • The taping usually lasts until 7 or 7:30 pm
  • You must be 18 or older
  • You may not bring recording devices of any kind
  • The show is sometimes overbooked, so having a reservation does not guarantee entry into the taping!


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Good Morning America

Unlike some of the other shows that tape early in the day and air the show at night, GMA  airs live Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

To be part of the live studio audience, you have to be willing to get up pretty early as you must check in no later than 7:15 a.m. 

Tickets are free and you can request them up to 25 days in advance. Click here to request your tickets.  

The studio is in Times Square on the corner of West 44th Street and Broadway. Since you will be done by 10:30 am, why not explore Times Square



Be sure to check out the GMA Summer Concert Series! Free concerts by top musicians for those who can get up really early in the morning. certainly a highlight of the summer!


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The Today Show 

Today Show

The Today Show does not have a studio audience, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be a part of it!

The Today Show invites anyone and everyone to join them outside of their studios in Rockefeller Center.  

This is a good option for those traveling with kids since most live tapings have some kind of age limit.

Weekdays the show is filmed outside from 7 a.m. until 9 a.m.

At that point, the show and anchors move inside but you can stay and watch from the window and possibly be seen on camera!

How to attend:

Though not required, the show recommends that you RSVP so your check-in process will go more smoothly. RSVP here.

One the day you want to go, gather outside Studio 1A on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

You can enter the plaza at 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenue where you will have to pass through a security check.

Note that Mondays and Fridays are busiest days. On Sunday the show starts at 8 a.m. so try to arrive 45 minutes earlier.

Tips for maximum fun: 

  • Bring a poster and fun signs – the wackier the better. The Today Show likes people to have fun! Mondays and Fridays are busiest days.
  • For a better chance to meet the hosts and be seen on TV, get on the line to get a spot behind the barricades that surround the plaza by 6:30 am.
  • Find a great spot (and tell your friends watching at home where they can see you)

Today Show Concert Series

Every summer, the Today Show holds free, short concerts outside their studios. The lineups feature some of the top performers of the day. Get there by 6 am for the best spots.

2019 Line-up:

May 6 Jennifer Lopez
May 23 Hidden Heroes and Sheryl Crow
May 31 Thomas Rhett
June 7  Jonas Brothers 
June 21 The Chainsmokers
June 28 Dan + Shay
July 12 Maggie Rogers
July 19 Kacey Musgraves
July 26 Andy Grammer
Aug 16 Aloe Blacc  
Aug 23 Lizzo
Sept 2 Why Don’t Wee

NOTE: There are so many free concerts in the summer in NYC, you should check out summer guide as well as our posts for May, June, July, and August to see who’s playing.

One amazing free series is Summerstage in Central Park – be sure to look into it! 


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Rachel Ray Show 

The Rachel Ray Show is free to attend and tapes at Chelsea Television Studios, 221 West 26th Street, (between 7th and 8th Avenues).

The show tapes 3 a day on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. The times are: 

  • 11:00 a.m. (arrive by 10:00 a.m.)
  • 2:30 p.m. (arrive by 1:30 p.m.)
  • 4:15 p.m. (arrive by 3:15 p.m.)

How to Get Tickets:

  • Submit a form to their website. Do NOT submit more than one form or else your request will be made void.
  • Guests will NOT receive a confirmation email upon submission. Instead, they will contact guests will available taping dates if granted tickets.
  • Guests will receive their tickets via email 2 weeks before the show.
  • Groups are allowed but must fill out a different form.

If You Get Tickets:

  • All guests who are 16 years of age and older must bring a valid photo ID
  • Guests under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult
  • Guests are encouraged to dress business casual. For a full list of their dress code policy, click here.
  • Food, drink, weapons, large bags, cameras, or gum is NOT allowed in the studio.

Standby Tickets:

To get a standby voucher, arrive at the studio at 10:00 a.m. for the 11:00 a.m. taping, at 12:00 p.m. for the 1:30 p.m. taping and 3:15 p.m. for the 4:15 p.m. taping. 

A standby voucher does not guarantee a ticket to the show.


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The View 

The View

The View is taped weekly, Monday-Thursday. Guests can reserve tickets to attend a free taping on their website.  

Read our full post on getting tickets to The View for more information on the show and tickets. Below are some things to know:

If You Get Tickets:

  • Guests must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Guests are required to adhere to a rather strict dress code. No tank tops, large logos, t-shirts, or solid white or black tops are allowed. Guests are encouraged to dress “upscale casual,” and look trendy or fashionable. For a full list of their dress code policy, click here.
  • Photography is permitted but only during designated times of the taping.
  • No food or drink is allowed, and guests are required to go through a security check.


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Late Night With Seth Meyers Tickets

Late Night is taped Monday through Thursdays at 6:30 pm, with check-in from 4:45 pm. The show airs on NBC in the 12:35 am time slot.  

You can be a part of the taping and check out new host Seth Meyers! Read our full post here.

To claim your tickets on the day of the taping, you and your guest(s) should arrive at 30 Rockefeller Plaza using the 50 West 50th Street entrance and proceed up the Grand Stair to the check-in desk. 

Please arrive no earlier than the suggested arrival time on your e-ticket.

Please be advised that we operate on a first-come, first-served basis with regard to arrivals, as e-ticket distribution may be in excess of studio capacity to ensure a full studio audience.

It is very rare that we cannot accommodate all of our e-ticket holders, but if you are turned away, you will receive an email with instructions on how to attend a future taping.

How To Get Tickets:

You can book tickets in advance.  Typically they are released 4-6 weeks in advance.  You can reserve tickets by calling 212-664-3056.  The ticket office is open 9-5, Monday through Friday EST.

If You Get Tickets:

  • You may get up to 4 tickets at one time.
  • The reservation holder must attend. The tickets will only be released to the person who reserved them.
  • You may only reserve tickets once every 4 months.
  • You must be at least 16 years old to attend Late Night.
  • Any cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance.
  • You will not be allowed to bring any large bags, phones, cameras or other electronics into the studio.

Monologue Rehearsal Tickets:

Tickets to see Seth Meyers rehearse his monologue will be released at 1 pm every day.  They are available at the NBC Experience Store.  Help the show decide what monologue jokes make it into the taping!

Standby Tickets:

Standby Tickets are released the day of the show at 9 am at the 49th St entrance to 30 Rockefeller Center. If you can’t make it at 9 am, you can ask about tickets at the NBC Experience Store.  

Standby tickets do not guarantee entry into the show.


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LIVE! with Kelly and Ryan

It is not that complicated to get tickets to see Kelly Ripa and her co-host Ryan Seacrest, and they are lots of fun to see. For all the details and tips on getting tickets, read our full post LIVE! with Kelly tickets. The basic information is:

  • The show tapes Monday through Friday starting at 9:00 am. Taping generally last 60-90 minutes.
  • Ticket availability is posted a month at a time, usually about 2 months in advance of that time frame.
  • The show tapes at the ABC Studios on Columbus Avenue and 67th Street, just a block west of Central Park.


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Last Week Tonight with John Oliver John Oliver

The show tapes on Sundays at 6:15 pm. It airs on Sundays at 11 pm on HBO. 

It is taped far west of Midtown at the CBS Broadcast Center at 530 West 57th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue).

Because the studios are a bit out far west of Midtown, use this link to get exact directions.

How To Get Tickets:

You request your tickets at their website Last Week Tonight. The ticket request procedure allows tickets to be booked four weeks in advance, and not before.

They release tickets at 3 p.m. approximately 17 days prior to taping dates, so for example, tickets for May 21st become open for ticket requests on May 3rd at 3 pm.  

Note: Because there is such a high demand for tickets, they ask – practically beg – that if you attended a taping in the previous two seasons, please don’t apply again. Wait another year or so!  

Do NOT enter multiple times in the same lottery or you will be eliminated from that lottery.

If selected:

  • There is a four-ticket limit per request.
  • You must be at least 18 to attend.
  • You must arrive 40 minutes before taping.
  • You’ll need a photo ID with the name matching the reservation to claim your tickets.
  • Large packages, shopping bags, suitcases, backpacks are not allowed in the studio.
  • Suggested attire is “smart/casual”.
  • Taping studios often run cold, so bring a jacket or sweater to wear inside.


There is no official standby line. Standby tickets are extremely limited. If you want to give it a shot, go up to the entrance of the studio and line up at 4 p.m. but not before.

TIP:  Follow Last Week Tonight on Twitter for updates on last-minute ticket availability.


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Full Frontal With Samantha Bee Full Frontal

The show tapes on Wednesdays at 5:45 pm (airs every Monday at 10:30 pm on TBS) at the CBS Broadcast Center at 528 West 57th Street (between 10th and 11th Avenue). 

Because the studios are a bit out far west of Midtown, use this link to get exact directions.

How To Get Tickets:

First, before requesting tickets, make sure everyone in your group is 18 years or older. If not, don’t bother filing a request form as there is an age requirement.

If that isn’t an issue, go to this website, The Blacklist NYC – Full Frontal Show, to request tickets.

At the site, you will be able to see show dates for the upcoming 4 Wednesdays. You will be asked to select a date and an alternate date.

Since they offer tickets for shows as soon as a that upcoming Wednesday, they require that you live in the New York City area or will be in NYC during the filming week to be eligible for tickets.

While you can request your tickets when you are NOT in NYC, you should plan to be in NYC for the dates you select. This means in effect that it isn’t a show you want to try to see if you are only in town for a few days.

After you submit your request, you will immediately get an acknowledgment email. After that point, you will not hear anything back from them unless you are granted tickets.

If you are selected for tickets, within 5-7 business days of your request, you will get an email with detailed information for attending the show.

If you are selected for tickets:

  • Must be 18 or older to attend the show
  • Arrive by 5 pm


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