1. Watch the Official Ticket Page
Tickets for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert are in very high demand and will generally sell out within days of, if not the day of their release. Tickets are available from the ShowClix 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 one to two months in advanced. 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 stand by admission. Stand by tickets are handed out on a daily basis in the style of a lottery. To participate in the stand by lottery, be at the Ed Sullivan Theater at 1:00PM, and give your name to a member of staff who will be under the ‘Late Show’ marquee. Return to the marquee at around 4:15PM to see if your name has been selected to get tickets to that days taping of the show.
If you arrive at the theatre any time after 1:00PM to put your name on the standby list, you will not be a part of the lottery. At that time staff will simply go down the list of names in order or arrival if there are any openings left.
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 Colbert Report’, 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.]
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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 Show I Arrive?
It is recommended that you are in line no later than 3PM. Your guests may join you in line up until 3:15PM.
No one will be permitted to join the line after 3:15PM.
How Do I Cancel My Reservation?
For further questions regarding tickets or to cancel your reservation, please contact:
Where is ‘The Late Show’ Studio?
Venue: Ed Sullivan Theater
New York, NY 10019
Neighborhoods: Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West