Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’re likely aware that there are many shows that tape in New York City.
There are a variety of talk shows and news shows that consistently film in NYC and many of these are open to the public. Going to one of these tapings is definitely a worthwhile experience to have and can definitely be interesting.
If you’re interested in attending one of these shows, it’s important to keep in mind that each has different rules and ways of getting tickets. But, if you do your homework, many of them are quite possible to attend.
Here are ten show tapings in New York City you can go to, and some help with how to get tickets.
10 WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE WITH ANDY COHEN
Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen bills itself as being the hardest taping in New York City to get tickets to.
There isn’t a set way to get tickets, such as a website. You can try to get tickets using different charity auctions or try to get in with knowing someone who knows someone. You can also try to reach out to the show to see if they happen to need to fill seats for it but most likely, this isn’t a show you’ll be able to get into easily.
However, if you do, it’s a fun time filled with free drinks and being up close and personal with celebrities.
9 THE TODAY SHOW
The Today Show is one of the few on the list that you don’t actually need tickets to. This makes it possible to see if you’re in the city and decide last minute you want to be a part of a taping.
What you have to do is line up outside of 30 Rockefeller Plaza at the corner of 48th Street. However, you’ll definitely need to arrive really early as the show beings at 7 am. You’ll need to be prompt if you want to ensure you’ll get a spot and be able to see what’s going on.
8 THE VIEW
The View is a good option to try to attend if you’re not looking to have a stressful experience. While some shows are hard to get tickets to or mean you have to wait outside for hours, The View only asks you to arrive half an hour before the show starts. This means the taping won’t take up a huge chunk of your day.
You can see Whoopi Goldberg and the others just by ordering your tickets online. The best thing to do is just look up tickets and go through the process. It’s not too hard to do, and it’s a good option if you’ve never done a show taping before.
7 LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is a little bit harder to get tickets to than some of the others because it only tapes once a week and doesn’t run all year.
The location is at the CBS Broadcast Center in Midtown. To get tickets, you’ll have to use the website to request them, and you have to do so for a date 33 days in advance. There is a pretty high demand for tickets to this show, so you might need to try multiple times to try and get one. This means it’s slightly easier for someone who lives in the city to get the chance.
6 THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW
This is a popular show that many people enjoy because of Wendy Williams herself. This talk show tapes at Chelsea Television Studios. While the show broadcasts at 10 in the morning, you’ll need to be there by 8.
This show also has different segments sometimes, so make sure to check your ticket and read things carefully. You can get tickets to the show by going to their website where you can see if any tickets are available for upcoming shows. This makes it fairly easy to apply.
5 LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS
The late-night talk shows are some of the most sought after for people looking to attend a taping. Late Night with Seth Meyers is one that tapes in NYC. Seeing as it’s such a popular show, you’ll have to get your tickets a month or more in advance.
You’ll have to be there for the show around 4:30 even though it doesn't start taping until 6:30. Another thing to note is that you can get a ticket to see Seth rehearse the monologue by going to The Shop at NBC Studios at 11:30 a.m.
4 THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH
The Daily Show provides a lot of information on current events as a political commentary with a comedic spin. It’s definitely a show that many people are interested in because of the mix of humor, pop culture, and news.
To get tickets to the taping, you’ll have to sign up at showclix.com. They release tickets slowly, so you can keep visiting the site for a chance to get a ticket. The show tapes at 733 Eleventh Avenue, and you’ll usually have to check-in starting around 2:30 to 4:30 in the afternoon.
3 THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON
The Tonight Show has been around for decades and is actually the longest-running night-time talk show on NBC. The show airs every weekday. This show is definitely highly sought after because it often has some of the most famous and important guests. It can be hard to get a ticket because of this.
You can check it out online or also try lining up to get a ticket outside 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Just make sure you do so as early as possible to get a shot.
2 SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE
Saturday Night Live is a perfect show taping to attend if you love pop culture, entertainment, and comedy. Because of high profile celebrity guests as well as the popularity of the show, you can only really apply for tickets once per year using their lottery.
You also have a chance to attend if you try to get a standby ticket. You can wait at 30 Rockefeller Plaza before 7 a.m. to get a shot, but it’s definitely not guaranteed.
1 GOOD MORNING AMERICA
Good Morning America is probably one of the most well-known show tapings in NYC. The show tapes each weekday at Times Square. You can get a ticket by requesting one online.
The system is convenient because it lets you see which guests will be appearing on which days, so you can try and get a ticket to see someone you really like. The only downside is that this show tapes at 7 a.m., so you have to arrive super early even with a ticket.