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How to Get Tickets to "The Late Show with David Letterman" in New York City, New York





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Tickets to "The Late Show with David Letterman" for anyone 18 years of age and above can be found on the show's website. You will need to submit your ticket request using the show's online ticket form. This is not a guarantee that you will receive tickets. The show will contact as many requesters as ticket availability allows. If you are contacted, you are required to answer a random trivia question about the show. If you get the answer correct, you will receive two tickets to a taping. Tickets are non-transferable. 

Visit the Ed Sullivan Theatre at 1697 Broadway between W 53rd and W 54th Streets where "The Late Show" tapes and submit an in-person request. Tickets will be given randomly to requesters who will be notified via phone. The lobby of the theatre is open Monday through Thursday from 9:30AM to 12PM, plus Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 6PM. Note that individuals may request tickets only once every six months due to the large volume of requests, and you may not line up before 9AM on weekdays or you will be ineligible to receive tickets. Requests can be submitted up to one month in advance of the taping date. 

Stand-By Tickets

You may request stand-by tickets by calling (212) 247-6497 beginning at 11AM on the date of the taping you want to attend. Your name will be put on a list in the order your call is received. If you receive a stand-by ticket, you must be able to check in at the theatre at least an hour before the taping begins. Note that you are not guaranteed a seat using this method, as stand-by seats will only become available if there are extras after the regularly ticketed guests are seated. 

Letterman History

"The Late Show" is one of the longest running late-night comedy talk shows and David Letterman is one of the longest running late-night comedy talk show hosts. Letterman hosted "Late Night" on NBC from 1982 until 1993 when the show moved to CBS on August 30, 1993 and was retitled as "The Late Show."
One of Letterman's most notable bits are his
Top Ten Lists, which routinely refer to his rival, Jay Leno. The two have had an ongoing feud since the mid-90s when Leno's "Tonight Show" began beating Letterman in ratings. 
"The Late Show with David Letterman" will film through August 2012 at least. 

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