1. Watch the Official Ticket Page:
Tickets for The Colbert Report are in very high demand and will generally sell out the day of their release — in most cases instantly. Tickets tend to be released approximately two months in advanced, one or two dates at a time, and occasionally in large batches. If you plan to be in New York on a certain day, continuing checking the website as tickets often become available up until the morning of the show. When a number of tickets do become available, their release is often announced on either The Colbert Report Facebook, or on Twitter @ColbertReport.
2. Standby Admission.
If you are visiting New York but were unable to get a ticket, it is worth trying your luck getting on the Standby list. In accordance with the Comedy Central website, the stand-by ticket sign up takes place in front of the studio at 4pm the day of the show, but make sure to be there much earlier to increase your chances of securing a ticket. Comedy Central make it clear that they cannot guarantee you a ticket.
3. VIP Tickets.
VIP Tickets are frequently 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.
4. Ticket Exchange.
The Great TDS/TCR Ticket Exchange is a Live Journal account which allows member’s to seek, share and exchange tickets with other member’s.
5. Twitter: @DailyTix
If you’re already on Twitter, just follow @DailyTix and their tweets will turn up on your feed. Each tweet has a link to the Colbert Nation ticket page, but you have to be fast filling out your information on the form, especially if only one or two seats are available. In my experience, the majority of tickets open up the day before a show and on the morning of.
If you got your tickets from ColbertNation.com or Twitter. Remember: After you fill out the form you will receive a confirmation E-mail with a link to reply. Reply quickly or you may lose your ticket.
Where is the Ticket Line Up?
The ticket line is in a small alleyway a little west of the The Colbert Report marquee. A small velvet rope splits the space in half, creating two lines — one for ticket holders and one for the stand-by line.
The lines begin at the front of the alleyway, facing outward to 54th Street. From that direction, the left of the rope is for those who have tickets, the right is for those in the stand-by line.
What Factors Should I Take into Account When Planning My Arrival Time?
Arrival time depends on a number of factors, including how close to the ‘C Desk’ you would like to be!! Here are some factors to take into consideration – especially if you are on the stand-by list.
1. The Guest(s): If ‘The Colbert Report’ is welcoming a high status guest or A-List celebrity, it is best to be at the studio as early as possible. The chances are, there will be a lot of eager fans waiting for a glimpse of their idol(s), and are willing to wait. Those in the stand-by line should especially take this into consideration, as it might mean that people who are not normally particularly interested in The Colbert Report may decide at the last-minute to try to attend the taping. In this case the stand-by line will be their only option.
2. The Weather: For the most part the alley way is covered and will provide protection from rain and snow. However, the better that weather conditions, the more people will be willing to stand outdoors for long periods of time. This is especially important for those in the stand-by line, there is no guarantee that you will be given a ticket, even after waiting for hours in the cold and wet.
3. The Season: New York City is one of the world’s top tourist destination’s, and many people who want to fulfill their ultimate New York adventure will most likely apply for the stand-by line. This should be taken into account at all time’s of the year, but especially during summer and in the lead up to Christmas.
What Time Should I Arrive?
Ticket Holders: Having taken in the factors listed above, 3:00 – 3:30PM is generally a good time to arrive.
Stand-By Admission: Again taking in the factors listed above, 1:30 – 2:00PM for a “standard” guest, or earlier for a “high-profile” guest. Remember there may only be one or two ticket opening available.
In general it is always better to be too early, than too late.
Over Booking: While the audience is generally let into the holding room at 6:00PM, Comedy Central warns ticket holders to be there at 5:30PM to assure their place, as they may be over booking.