This post explains how to get free tickets for the comedy talk show Late Night with Seth Meyers, including standby or rehearsal show tickets.
We also include what you need to know before you arrive for taping.
- How to Request Tickets
- Attending the Show
- Standby + Rehearsal Tickets
- Other TV Show Tapings in NYC
- Other Things to Do in NYC
**Note that as of August 9, 2023, the Writers Guild of America strike is still happening. so Late Night with Seth Meyers is NOT currently taping. Stay tuned for updates. **
The show tapes Monday-Thursday (excluding hiatus weeks) at 4:00 pm. The show airs weeknights 12:35 am - 1:35 am
Tickets are usually released about a month in advance, for example, tickets for June tapings will become available at the beginning of May.
When you know your trip dates, go to their ticket calendar, see what dates are available, and submit your request.
A few things to keep in mind when you are requesting tickets:
- There is a 4-ticket limit per request. If there are more than 4 in your group, and you make separate requests, you could be turned away.
- You can only request tickets once every 4 months.
- Everyone in your group must be at least 16 years old and must have a valid photo ID showing the date of birth.
Once you have submitted your request, you are put on a waitlist. If your request is accepted, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to use your e-ticket.
If you are not selected, you can try for standby tickets (see below).
If you don't have any luck, why not try for another fun late-night show?
For even more shows, see our post, Live TV Show Tapings in New York City.
The show is broadcast from an NBC Studio at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Enter the building using the 50 West 50th Street entrance (between 5th and 6th Ave). Head up the grand staircase to the check-in desk.
Audience check-in is between 2:00 pm - 2:45 pm. Note that to claim your tickets, everyone in your group must be present.
Taping begins at about 4:00 pm and usually ends at 5:15 pm.
From the time you check in until the end of taping is approximately 3 hours long.
There are some rules you must abide by:
- Don't show up earlier than the check-in time on your e-confirmation.
- Don't be late! If you do, your seats may be given away to standby guests.
- Be prepared to go through a metal detector and a bag search prior to entering the waiting area.
- Cellphones and cameras must be powered down before entering the studio.
- No backpacks, luggage, or large shopping bags. If you do have a lot with you, you can store it cheaply in the vicinity. Read our post on where to store your bags.
- No weapons of any kind, mace, spray bottles, or promotional items are allowed.
- No food or drink will be allowed in the waiting area or studio. However, bottled water is permitted.
Currently, Late Night does not offer standby tickets.
Check out our guide to things to do in NYC for more ideas!
ABOUT SETH MEYERS
Meyers has an impressive and diverse career. In 2001, he got his break as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and stayed for 13 seasons.
For 8 years he was the Weekend Update anchor and for 9 years he was head writer.
Meyers has received Emmy nominations 26 times, including multiple times for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series.
Meyers won an Emmy for Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue.
Myers is also the Emmy Award-winning writer of Late Night with Seth Meyers. In 2019, he released his debut standup special “Lobby Baby” on Netflix.
His work doesn't end there!
Together with SNL alumni Bill Hader and Fred Armisen, he created IFC’s mockumentary series, Documentary Now!
He executive produces two shows on Peacock, A.P. Bio and The Amber Ruffin Show.
He has been the host for award shows, which then themselves were nominated for awards, like the 75th Golden Globe Awards, which was nominated for an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Variety Special.
Meyers has hosted the ESPY Awards on ESPN and was the headline act at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011.
Seth Meyers is so successful, that Time Magazine named him one of 2014’s 100 most influential people!