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 three to four 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. VIP Tickets
VIP tickets are occasionally posted for auction on eBay and other charitable websites, with the proceeds raised going to charity. 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 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.
4. 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 and your guest(s) 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.
- A government issued photo ID with visible date of birth is required for admission of all guests.
- 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.
Ticket Holder Check-In Times and Deadlines
The following timeline outlines the check-in process for ticket holders.
- 3:00PM: Check-in opens
- 4:00PM: Priority ticket holder deadline
- All arrivals after this time will be submitted on a first-come, first serve basis with the general ticket holders
- 4:00PM: General ticket check-in starts
- 4:30PM: Deadline and check-in closes for all ticket holders
- 5:00PM – 7:00PM: Audience warm up commences, followed by the taping of the show
** Please be aware that due to the needs of each production, the timeline is subject to change.
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 (ET).
It is best advised to arrive earlier than the time stated on your ticket, as all tapings are booked in excess of audience capacity to account for people who do not show up on the day. Only VIP’s and priority ticket holders are guaranteed entry.
Staff from the audience department cut off arrivals at approx. 4:30PM (ET).
What Time Is the Show Taped?
The Late Show tapes Monday through Wednesday nights at approx. 5:30PM (ET).
When Is Friday’s Episode Taped
Two episodes of the Late Show are taped on Thursday. The first taping takes place at approx. 3:30PM (ET) and will air on Thursday night, the second taping commences at approx. 6:30PM (ET) and will air on Friday night.
During the summer of 2017, the Late Show will be testing the “summer Friday format” in which Friday night’s show will feature a newly taped opening and monologue along with highlights from the weeks shows.
In light of this, only one taping will take place on Thursday night at approx. 6:00PM (ET).
How Long Does a Taping Last?
Tapings usually last between 60-90 minutes. Once entering the theatre, guests are required to stay for the duration of the taping, and may not leave the theatre.
What Happens if a Taping is Cancelled?
If a taping is cancelled due to bad weather or for unforeseen circumstances, ticket holders will be notified via email or telephone by the Late Show audience department.
How Do I Cancel My Reservation?
For further questions regarding tickets or to cancel your reservation, please contact:
Can I Request Tickets to Multiple Tapings?
1iota allows users to submit ticket requests for up to three future dates at a time. However, you cannot “rank” which taping(s) you would prefer to attend.
You can only attend one taping of the Late Show every six months.
Can I Change the Date I Have Submitted a Ticket Request For?
No, ticket requests cannot be transferred to a different date. If you are unable to use your ticket(s) for a specific date, you must decline those tickets, and re-submit a ticket request for a date that you can attend.
What Are “Priority” Tickets?
Priority Tickets are handed out by 1iota using an automated system, in which the first x number of ticket reserved will be designated as “priority”.
Ticket holders with priority status will have a slightly earlier check-in time (printed on the their ticket) than general ticket holders, and are guaranteed entry into the theatre, provided they arrive by their designated check-in time.
What Are “General” Tickets?
General Tickets holders are not guaranteed entry into the show, and will only be admitted until the theatre is full.
For those who have received general tickets, there is still a chance that you may be upgraded to a priority ticket(s). If a priority ticket holder cancels their ticket(s), the system automatically upgrades the next person(s) on the general ticket holders list. While possible, it is unlikely that this will happen.
[Please note: You cannot upgrade from a general ticket to a priority ticket, it is however, possible to downgrade from a priority ticket to a general ticket.
What Does the “Waitlist” Mean?
The waitlist is simply the 1iota ticket queue. Once tickets for a specific date have been posted, tickets requests are then opened. Generally, everyone who submits a ticket request is “joining the waitlist”.
Tickets will then be made available to those on the waitlist in the order the ticket requet(s) were received. Tickets are generally approved approx. two weeks before a taping and are released in batches on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be notified via email if your ticket request is approved.
Simply being on the waitlist does not mean that you have ticket(s) to the show. It is important that you confirm your ticket as soon as you receive it, or you may find that your “available” ticket has been claimed by someone else.
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