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 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!! Most locations will not allow large bags inside. Learn where you can store your bags during the show.
Tickets are given out via a random lottery. To enter the lottery, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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-serve and do not guarantee entry into the show. You can elect to get stand-by for either the dress rehearsal or the live taping.
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. (Give other people a chance to go too!). Read our full post on tickets to the Late Show.
If You Get 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.
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.
After more than 2 decades as the host of the Late Show, David Letterman has left his position to be replaced by Stephen Colbert. Tickets to the Late Show with Stephen Colbert will be available on August 10, 2015, and the live show will start September 8th, 2015.
The show airs 11:35 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on CBS.
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.
Like most shows, The Daily Show offers standby tickets. 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.
The good news: tickets are NOT required to see one of the most popular morning shows! The bad news? It tapes live every day from 7 am until 9 am so you better be an early bird. There isn’t an actual audience seating area. Instead, fans gather outside the studio behind its big glass windows. You can bring signs, wave to your family, smile and have fun. There is a chance from time to time that you might end up being brought into the standing room area inside of the studio. A few essential facts to keep in mind:
The studio is on the corner of West 44th Street and Broadway in the Times Square area.
Some people begin to gather outside the glass windows as early as 5:30/6 am. But you should be fine showing up a bit later.
Bring a valid photo ID in case you luck out and get invited into the studio’s standing room.
If you bring a sign to say hello to a family member back home, that’s ok, but you cannot have a sign that endorses any a business or product.
Prepare for the weather and the wait: comfy shoes, light clothes in the summer and bundles up in the winter.
Here’s a glimpse of what you will experience if you attend a taping of GMA
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!
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!
Gather outside Studio 1A on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
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.
On Sunday the show starts at 8 a.m. so try to arrive 45 minutes earlier.
Bring fun signs – the wackier the better. The TODAY Show folks like to have fun!
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.
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.
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-serve 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 6 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 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.
Though Kelly has been handling the show just fine since Michael Strahan’s departure in 2016, as of May 1, 2017, she now has a new co-host, Ryan Seacrest, formerly of American Idol! It is not that complicated to get tickets and 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.
You request your tickets at their website Last Week Tonight. The ticket request procedure allows tickets to be booked two weeks in advance, and not before. They release tickets at 3 p.m. approximately 17 days prior – 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.
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.
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.
When you request tickets, you will be asked to select a date and an alternate date. Since they offer tickets for shows a week or more in advance, 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 acknowledgement 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.