1. Watch the Official Ticket Page
Tickets for the Late Show with Stephen Colbert are in high demand and will generally sell out within days of, if not the day of their release. Tickets are available from the 1iota website, and are released one calendar month at a time. Their release is announced on the Late Show’s official Twitter and Facebook pages, approximately two to three weeks in advance. If you plan on visiting New York on a certain day, continue checking these sites, as extra tickets have, on occasion, been announced the day of the taping.
2. Standby Admission
If you are visiting New York, but were unable to get a ticket, it is worth trying your luck at standby admission. Standby tickets are handed out on a daily basis at 4:00PM* at the Ed Sullivan Theater. Depending on availability, standby tickets are issued one hour prior to show time.
*Times are subject to change on days with special taping times.
3. VIP Tickets
VIP Tickets are occasionally posted for auction on eBay, with the proceeds raised going to charities. Ticket packages can include 2-4 tickets, backstage passes, and on occasion a (brief) “Meet and Greet” with Stephen Colbert. If you purchase these tickets, you will get priority entrance and access to the best seats.
CC Ticket Notifier utilises an app called PushBullet, which is capable of sending instant notifications – it only takes a matter of seconds – to any iOS or Android device, windows desktop or via the PushBullet extension for Google Chrome and Firefox.
When a user signs up to this free service, they receive an instant notification to any of these devices, as soon as tickets become available. When the notification is received, users only need to click on the notification to be redirected immediately to the ticket page.
If you do not wish to go through the hassle of fiddling with another app, the service can also send email notifications, however email notifications are a little bit slower than the instant PushBullet notifications.
5. CC Ticket Notifier (Premium)
CC Ticket Notifier’s premium ticket notification service allows users to be notified only for the specific dates on which they wish to attend a taping of ‘The Late Show’, and thus prevents users from receiving large amounts of notifications for all available dates.
[Please Note: The premium service requires a payment of $4.00 via PayPal.]
Contact: [email protected]
Things to Remember Before Attending a Taping:
- You must be 16 years old or over to attend a taping.
- Tickets are non-transferable.
- You can only attend one taping every six months.
- All shows are overbooked to ensure capacity, and no one is guaranteed entry.
- Everyone must have a government issued picture ID to security.
- Bring your confirmation e-mail confirming that you have tickets. It’s great to keep it with you (or on your smart phone or tablet) in case something goes wrong.
What Time Should I Arrive?
The recommended arrival for each taping will be clearly printed on your ticket, however, should you wish to sit close to the front of the stage it is recommended that you be in line between 11AM – 12PM.
When Is Friday’s Episode Taped
Two episodes of the Late Show are taped on Thursday. The first taping takes place at 2:30PM and will air on Thursday night, the second taping commences at 5:30PM and will air on Friday night.
How Long Does a Taping Last?
Tapings usually last between 60-90 minutes. Once entering the Theater, guests are required to stay for the duration of the taping.
What Happens if a Taping is Cancelled?
If a taping is cancelled due to inclement weather or for any other unforeseen reason, ticket holders will be notified via email or telephone by the Late Show audience department.
Please note: the Late Show does not refund travel fees, and is not responsible for loss of wages.
How Do I Cancel My Reservation?
For further questions regarding tickets or to cancel your reservation, please contact:
How Can I Obtain Tickets to be Auctioned Off for Charity?
Email charity ticket requests to [email protected]. Be sure to include detailed information about the organisation and the event.
The Late Show is committed to making tapings accessible to guests with disabilities. Accessible seating (including companion seating) and other accommodations are provided at all tapings. The availability of accessible seating cannot be assured if the number of audience members requiring accessible seating at a taping exceeds the allotted number of accessible seats. If you or anyone in your party requires an accommodation to attend the show because of a disability, please contact us as soon as possible after receiving your ticket confirmation by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone 212-975-8800 with the accommodation request, and a representative from The Late Show will get back to you accordingly.
The Late Show also provides assistive listening devices at all tapings. Sign language interpreters and other appropriate auxiliary aids and services may also be provided if a request is made at least three business days before the taping date (The Late Show will attempt to fulfill requests received with less than three days’ notice but there are no guarantees that late requests can be fulfilled).
Where Can I Purchase ‘Late Show’ Merchandise?
Official Late Show merchandise can be purchased online through the CBS Store.
Alternately, if you are attending a taping of the show, a selection of official Late Show merchandise is available for purchase at the Hello Deli, located just around the corner from the Ed Sullivan Theater at 213 W 53rd St.
Where is ‘The Late Show’ Studio?
Venue: Ed Sullivan Theater
New York, NY 10019
Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West