Studio Tapings in the Big Apple
Be apart of a live audience on popular television shows in New York City

New York City has a big media presence and there are a bunch of television programs offering free tickets. Attend some of the best rated sitcoms and leave with a memorable experience. Contact television programs in advance to secure tickets and learn more about the episode you’re going to see or the show requirements. Head out to enjoy some of your favorite cable TV shows; below is where you can find addresses, schedules and other important information for TV shows here in the “Big Apple.”

 Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC)

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon features comedy sketches, celebrity interviews and performances from musical guests—not to mention the show's Grammy Award–winning house band, The Roots. It airs Monday through Friday at 12:35am on NBC.

Ticket Info: You can request up to four tickets in advance by calling 212-664-3056; most episodes are booked about a month before taping. NBC also distributes day-of-show standby tickets, which do not guarantee admission, under the NBC Studios marquee on the West 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza. If you want standby tickets, arrive no later than 9am; standby tickets are one per person.

Show requirements: You must be 17 or older, and you may book tickets only once every six months.

Schedule: Late Night with Jimmy Fallon tapes Monday through Friday at 5:30pm. (Arrive no later than 4:15pm).

30 Rockefeller Plaza (bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves. and W. 49th and W. 50th Sts.) New York, NY 10011

 Late Show with David Letterman (CBS)

David Letterman has hosted Late Show, his late-night comedy show, on CBS since 1993. The program features celebrity guests and musical acts. Letterman is known for his nightly Top Ten list, along with sketches like "Stupid Pet Tricks" and "Stupid Human Tricks." The show airs weeknights at 11:35pm.

Ticket Info: To get tickets, you may register online. You may also register 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. (Do not line up prior to 9am or you will not be eligible for tickets). Tickets from the box office are awarded on a lottery basis. A limited number of standby tickets are also available on the day of the taping you wish to attend. For such tickets, call 212-247-6497 no earlier than 11am.The Late Show sometimes offers group tickets, too—visit the show's official website to check availability.

Show Requirements: You must be 18 or older to attend. If selected for tickets, you will be contacted via phone (which could be as late as the day before the taping) and must correctly answer a random trivia question about the show. Each person is entitled to two tickets (the guest's name must be on the online application; tickets are not transferable). Studio audience members must bring a government-issued photo ID (the name, address and birth date must match those submitted during the in-person ticket application). No cell phones, pagers, cameras or recording devices allowed. Due to the large volume of requests for tickets, you may apply for tickets only once in a six-month period; those who have already attended a show are not eligible to attend for another six months from the date of attendance.

Schedule: Late Show tapes two shows on Monday at 4:30 and 7pm, one show each on Tuesday and Wednesday at 5:30pm and one show on Thursday at 4:30pm. For more information, call 212-975-5853.

 1697 Broadway (bet. W. 53rd and W. 54th Sts. ) New York, NY 10019


Live! with Kelly & Michael (syndicated)

Live! with Kelly & Michael, hosted by Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan, is a popular syndicated morning talk show. It airs live on weekdays from 9 to 10am.

Ticket Info: The wait may be up to a year for advance tickets, but it is still possible to get same-day tickets. To obtain tickets in advance, fill out the ticket-request form online or send a postcard or regular-size envelope to:Live! with Kelly & Michael Tickets Ansonia Station P.O. Box 230-777 New York, NY 10023-077.

Include your name, address, telephone number, email address, the date(s) when you can attend the show and the number of tickets you'd like. 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, standbys are seated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Show Requirements: Children between 10 and 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult; those under 10 are not allowed in the studio. Cameras are allowed, but flash photography is prohibited.

Schedule: Live! with Kelly & Michael broadcasts live from 9 to 10am on weekdays. Ticket holders should arrive at the studio by or before 8am.

7 Lincoln Square (at the southeast corner of Columbus Avenue and West 67th St.) New York, NY 10023

The People's Court (syndicated) 

On The People's Court, one of television's first reality shows, Judge Marilyn Milian presides over real civil court cases of ordinary people. Check local listings for channels and air times.

Ticket Info: To request tickets, email your name and telephone number to tickets@peoplescourt.com or call 888-780-8587. Schedule: During its season, from September through June, the show tapes Tuesdays through Thursdays at 10am and 2pm. Audience members must arrive at least a half hour early.

401 Fifth Ave., 8th fl. (at E. 37th St.) New York, NY 10016

Saturday Night Live (NBC)

Saturday Night Live is a live comedy and entertainment show airing at 11:30pm on Saturdays. It features celebrity guest hosts and musical performances. The show is a hot ticket among visitors and New Yorkers alike.

Ticket Info: Tickets are given out once a year through a lottery. To enter, send an email to snltickets@nbcuni.com during the month of August only. Include all contact information and do not request a specific date. One email per household allowed. Winners will each receive two tickets for a specific show date and performance (dress rehearsal or live show). You will be notified only in the event that you are selected. Standby tickets are distributed at 7am on the West 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the mornings of the tapings. You may choose a standby ticket for either the 8pm dress rehearsal or the 11:30pm live taping. Standby tickets are limited to one per person and are issued on a first-come, first-served basis. A standby ticket does not guarantee admission.

Show Requirements: You must be 16 or older to attend. Standby-line members must remain in line at all times (aside from minimal, necessary breaks).

Schedule: On Saturdays, arrive no later than 7:15pm for the 8pm dress rehearsal and 10:45pm for the 11:30pm live show.

 30 Rockefeller Plaza (bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves. and W. 49th and W. 50th Sts.) New York, NY 10011

Today (NBC) 

The Today show is NBC's morning news and lifestyle program. The show—featuring Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford—tapes on the ground floor at the corner of West 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza. Fans gather outside on the plaza to watch (and to try to snag some time in front of the camera).

Ticket Info: No tickets are necessary.

Schedule: The show tapes Monday through Friday from to 7 to 11am. 

30 Rockefeller Plaza (bet. Fifth and Sixth Aves. and W. 49th and W. 50th Sts.) New York, NY 10011