For a fun and free way to experience NYC, attend a taping of one of the many talk shows filmed right here in Manhattan. Early morning, late night and every talk show in between is at your disposal for chance to catch the latest celebrity interviews, comedy, cooking demonstrations and more.
The best way to secure your seats is to request tickets ahead of time online or by phone. However standby tickets are generally always an option.
The best advice? Arrive early and be prepared to wait. In the end sitting through a live taping is worth it!
Here’s a list of the top shows with locations and arrival times for standby tickets.
The Today Show - 49th and Rockefeller Plaza. Stand outside from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. for a chance to be seen in the crowd and meet the famous show hosts.
Good Morning America - Arrive at 44th and Broadway any Monday to Friday at 6:45 a.m. and stand on the audience guest line for standby tickets.
Live! With Kelly - ABC Lincoln Center Studios, 67th St and Columbus Avenue. Arrive no later than 8am for standby tickets.
The View - Anyone looking for tickets on show day must pick up a number from a View Audience Associate between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. at their audience entrance, located at 320 W. 66th Street.
The Martha Stewart Show - Chelsea Studios 221 West 26th Street Between 7th and 8th Avenues.
The Rachael Ray Show - 222 East 44th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue. The arrival time to receive a standby voucher is 10:15 a.m. (for the 11:30 a.m. taping) and 2:15 p.m. (for the 4:00 p.m. taping).
The Tyra Banks Show - Chelsea Studios 221 West 26th Street.
The Late Show with David Letterman - Ed Sullivan Theater, 1697 Broadway (Between 53rd and 54th Streets)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon - For standby tickets, arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. on the morning of the taping under “NBC Studios” marquee on the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (GE Building).
Saturday Night Live - Possibly the most coveted show tickets around. If you do not enter the yearly lottery for tickets, stand-by tickets are distributed at 7:00 a.m. on the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza on the mornings of the tapings.
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 733 11th Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets. For standby tickets arrive by 400 p.m. at the studio, first come first serve.
The Colbert Report - You can sign up for stand-by tickets by lining up at 4pm at 513 W. 54th Street
*Note several shows have minimum age requirements or that anyone under 18, must be accompanied by an adult.