New York City is not only known for its Broadway musicals, but it's also a huge destination for tourists hoping to catch a live taping of a talk or comedy show. If you'd like the chance to be a member of a live studio audience, there are plenty of opportunities in the Big Apple year-round including "Live With Kelly and Ryan."
Kelly Ripa has been a part of Live since 2001 and has stood the test of time as an Emmy-winning host of the show while sharing the spotlight with Regis Philben (one of the shows original hosts), former NFL star Michael Strahan, and, since 2017, Ryan Seacrest
About the Show
"Live With Kelly and Ryan" is taped in front of a live studio audience at ABC Studios at 7 Lincoln Square (Columbus Avenue and West 67th Street) in the Upper West Side. Tapings start at 9 a.m., but even if you have an advance ticket, you should expect to arrive at the studio no later than 7:45 a.m. for seating. You should also expect to stand in line to enter the studio.
You must be 10 years of age or older to attend, and children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A "LIVE!" taping takes around 60 minutes, but taping for additional promotions and segments may take an additional hour. No eating, drinking, or smoking is allowed in the studio.
If you want to request tickets to "Live With Kelly and Ryan" in advance, tickets are released a month at a time, about a month or two before the show date; for example, in early April, they will release tickets for the month of June. You can place a request for tickets on their website or try your luck with standby tickets at the studio on the morning of the taping. You can request up to four tickets. Once you submit your request through the show's website you will receive an email once your tickets are confirmed. There are some instances where requested tickets are not confirmed. In that case, you'll have to try your luck with standby tickets.
Getting Standby Tickets
If you were unable to request tickets and love the featured guest, or just really love Kelly and Ryan, you can try for a standby ticket. To get one, you'll have to come to the studio (at 7 Lincoln Square) the morning of your desired taping. Aim to arrive at 7 a.m., which is when the box office opens and begins accepting requests for a standby number. Standby tickets are handed out on a first-come, first served basis, so the earlier you get in line, the better your chances of seeing the show. Even if you're first in line to get a standby number, you still may not be able to attend the taping depending on the number of ticket holders who show up.
Other Tips for Ticketing and Attendance
Once you've requested a show date on the official "Live" website, you will receive an e-mail confirmation with your ticket inside. All tickets to recordings of the show are free, but having a ticket does not guarantee entry—especially if you arrive late.
However, if you have a confirmed ticket (not a ticket request) and are denied entry to a recording of "Live With Kelly and Ryan," you will be issued a VIP ticket to a future taping, which grants you special access to the show and the hosts.
Producers of "Live With Kelly and Ryan" request audience members wear what they would to "a nice dinner" and "solid bright colors are preferred." Dress appropriately for the weather as audience members will have to wait outside the studio before being seated, and the studio can also get quite chilly with the air conditioners on. Additionally, T-shirts and hats with large logos should not be worn. While these are guidelines, following the suggestions could mean you show up in an audience reaction shot.