Live TV Tapings You Can Attend When Visiting New York City

Who knows, you might be watching TV right now out of the corner of your eye, even while reading this. October 23rd is day to celebrate National TV Talk Show Host Day! This unusual day allows us to appreciate the unique form of humor and storytelling that has become pervasive in our current culture.

It seems that talk shows come in every shape and size to accommodate any thirst for entertainment. There are daytime talk shows that focus on daily topics and current events, those that tell us how to be healthy, some find their audience among the technology savvy and then there is good old-fashioned entertainment. If daytime is not your bag then rest assured that the late-night talk show wars are still in full effect. From the super political to practical jokes, entertainers peddling their latest project to just plain repeats of viral internet clips, late night television schedules are riddled with everything talk show related.

National TV Talk Show Host Day was chosen to be celebrated on The King of Late Night Television’s birthday, Johnny Carson who was born on October 23, 1925.  Carson was the host of The Tonight Show for thirty years (1962 – 1992).

Some of the best talk shows are still taped and filmed in New York City, once the capital of everything television. After-all, the original Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was filmed in NYC until moving to L.A. in 1972. The show moved back to NYC in 2014 when Jimmy Fallon took over as host.

Here are some of the shows filmed in New York City today:
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Late Show with Stephen Colbert
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah
Late Night with Seth Meyers
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Dr. Oz Show
The View
Good Morning America
Inside the Actors Studio
Live with Kelly and Ryan

Visitors to New York are always looking to score tickets to any of these very popular shows. Generally, the hardest show on the list to get tickets for is Saturday Night Live – tickets are distributed by lottery. Simply submit a request to NBC Studios via email, stating why they should pick you as part of their studio audience. Be sure to include your name, phone number, email address, and mailing address in the body of the email. But note that only those who are selected will receive an email confirmation. If you win, two tickets to either a live taping or a dress rehearsal on a random date will be coming your way.

Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon are very popular, but not impossible to get. Tickets are released in blocks 4-6 weeks before taping, so you’ll want to be following them on Twitter and Facebook to be kept in the loop when tickets are released (or just check incessantly!).

Being in the audience for The View requires patience and planning — tickets are booked well in advance. You can request a specific date for your tickets, but sometimes your better bet is same-day standby tickets issued at the studio.

If you’re interested in tickets for any other shows taped in New York City the best starting point is the show’s website or the studio’s website. You’ll find information about getting tickets there. Remember all these shows are free to attend, so don’t pay for tickets.

In addition to the fun you’ll have watching your favorite show being taped live, if you’re a planner or meeting professional you’ll find the ‘filming process’ equally as fascinating. The prep and planning that goes into just a single day of shooting one of these shows is staggering. Take your time and watch the process and the backstage goings on as you’re bound to pick up some tips and tricks for your next event!


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