Be A Part of a Live New York City Studio Audience - Part I
There are tons of great TV shows that are filmed in New York City and it’s easy for you to be a part of the studio audience for some of the tapings. These fun opportunities are available to you free of charge and you get the chance to enjoy hilarious comedy, informative daily news shows, or to see huge stars in person. There’s even the chance that you will get shown on TV yourself!
Tickets are usually available far in advance, by way of online application or writing snail mail, and that’s the best way to go about getting in on a live taping. There are also same-day standby options, but the lines are often very long, so that option should only be taken if you’re willing to wait. Either way, the chance to be a part of the live studio audience for the taping of a popular show is well worth any trouble.
Here is the pertinent information for how you can be a part of several of our favorite shows filmed in NYC:
The Today Show on NBC tapes Monday through Friday from 7am-11am on the ground floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, located at the corner of West 49th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenue). This morning news and lifestyle program features Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker, among others. Fans gather outside on the plaza to watch the taping and hopefully be caught on camera. No tickets necessary.
Live! with Kelly, now temporarily hosted by Kelly Ripa and a special guest host, is one of the most popular morning talk shows of all time and used to be co-hosted by the legendary Regis Philbin. The show airs live on weekdays from 9am-10am. The wait for tickets to a live taping is quite long (up to a year), but there are still chances to score same-day tickets. You can apply for tickets online or send a postcard with your name, address, phone number, email, dates of shows you want to attend, and number of tickets requested to:
Live! With Regis and Kelly Tickets
P.O. Box 230-777
New York, NY 10023-777
To get same-day tickets, arrive at the southeast corner of Columbus Avenue and West 67th Street as early as 7am for a standby number. After ticket holders are seated, standby hopefuls are seated on a first-come first-serve basis. Ticket holders should arrive at the studio no later than 8am.
Late Show with David Letterman airs on CBS and has been hosted by David Letterman since 1993. The program features top celebrity guests and musical acts, the nightly Top Ten list, and many comedic sketches. The show airs weeknights at 11:35pm and is filmed at 1697 Broadway, between West 53rd and West 54th Street. They film two shows on Monday at 4:30pm and 7pm, one show each Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm, and one show on Thursday at 4:30pm. To get tickets, you can regsiter online or in person at the Ed Sullivan Theater box office Monday through Thursday from 9:30am to noon or on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Tickets from the box office are awarded on a lottery basis. A limited number of standby tickets are also available on the date of each filming, for those tickets call 212-247-6497 no earlier than 11am.
Part II of this series will be posted tomorrow with more popular live shows you can sit in on that are filmed in New York City.