New York City is one of the country’s centers for great talk shows. If you’re planning a trip, you might want to include a late night or daytime show in your itinerary.
Whether you’re a fan of late-night hosts such as Stephen Colbert or Jimmy Fallon, or want to get in the audience for daytime hits like The View, tickets are available — what’s more, they’re free. However, it’s never guaranteed that you’ll get a ticket, much less a seat.
Don’t let that stop you from trying, though. Once you get in, it’s sure to be a great experience. At the least, you can stop by one of the plazas and step into a crowd outside a morning news show.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert tapes weekdays from the Ed Sullivan Theater, located at 1697-1699 Broadway between West 53rd and West 54th Streets, in Manhattan.
The show is recorded Monday through Thursday, at 4:30 p.m.Tickets are free, up to two can be requested in advance at a time, but are first-come, first-served at the actual taping.
Late-night talk show host Jimmy Fallon brought the iconic The Tonight Show back to New York City when he took over in 2014.
Now filming at 30 Rockefeller Center, The Tonight Show tapes at 5 p.m. daily. Tickets are free, but this is a very popular show and the studio is often overbooked.
The Daily Show tapes around 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday at NEP Studio 52, at 733 11th Avenue, between 51st and 52nd Streets.
Two types of tickets are available for this show: ‘General Guaranteed’ which guarantees you a seat, and ‘General,’ which are a first-come, first-served basis.
Late Night with Seth Meyers is another very popular late night talk show filmed at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The show tapes 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and you’ll be expected to arrive early.
Tickets are free, but as is the case with any popular show, they go fast.
The always-interesting, always-newsworthy morning talk show The View features celebrities, politicians, special guests, and lots of opinions.
The View tapes Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m. at ABC Television Studios, 57 West 66th Street, between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West. Tickets are free but are only available on first-come, first-serve basis.
If you like your morning cup of coffee with a talk on the light side, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest may be right down your alley. Check them out when you’re in NYC, at 7 Lincoln Square.
The show tapes live at 7:45 a.m., Monday through Thursday. Two shows may occasionally be taped in one day, but you’ll have to check the show’s calendar for details. Tickets are free, but this one books up quickly.
Good cooking, good chat and the bubbliest host on television. Hang out with Rachael Ray and her guests by heading to Chelsea Television Studios at 221 West 26th Street.
There’s no cost to request tickets. The show tapes Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 11 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.
Though the program does not have a studio audience, The Today Show is famous for its outdoor plaza. Fans and onlookers gather outside during the show’s four-hour morning broadcast.
You can find The Today Show studios at Rockefeller Plaza on 48th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. The show is on the air from 7 until 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Good Morning America
Embracing a similar format, Good Morning America also welcomes visitors outside its studio windows.
After spending some time at 30 Rock, venture over to ABC’s Times Square Studios to catch GMA. You can’t miss it: Just look for the giant video screen with a rolling ticker-tape right above the broadcast facility.
The show tapes Monday through Friday from 7 until 9 a.m., though you’ll want to be there at 5:30 a.m.
VIP tickets are available for special events or to be in the studio audience during the 8 a.m. hour.
CBS This Morning
Your final stop on the morning news tour will take you to the GM Building Plaza (formerly The Early Show Plaza), between 5th and Madison avenues, near 59th Street.
Again, you can hang out in the plaza while the show airs and be part of the audience for special segments. The show tapes Monday through Friday from 7 to 9 a.m.