Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but David Letterman retired from the Late Show in 2015. The good news is that there are still many shows where you can Be In The Audience in NYC, including The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, which is still taped in the (renovated!) Ed Sullivan Theatre and has replaced The Late Show With David Letterman on the NBC late-night lineup.
If you're a fan of The Late Show With David Letterman, nothing beats seeing the show live at the Ed Sullivan Theatre. Plan to request your tickets about a month before your trip, or take your chances with standby tickets, but they manage to give real fans of the show an advantage in getting tickets, since you have to answer a show-related trivia question in order to score your tix!
Getting "Late Show with David Letterman" Tickets Online: Request Late Show with David Letterman tickets online. Those selected for tickets will receive a phone call and be asked to answer a Letterman-related trivia question in order to receive tickets.
Getting "Late Show with David Letterman" Tickets In-Person: You can request tickets in person for shows up to one month in advance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre at 1697 Broadway (between 53rd & 54th Streets). Ticket requests will be accepted Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Do not line up for tickets before 9 a.m.
Getting Stand-by "Late Show with David Letterman" Tickets: Call 212-247-6497 starting at 11 a.m. on the day of the show you would like to attend. You will be asked to answer a David Letterman trivia question, and if you answer it correctly, you'll be asked to arrive at the theater approximately an hour before taping. Stand-by tickets do not guarantee admission to the show.
What to Know About Late Show with David Letterman Tickets:
- Late Show with David Letterman tapes at the Ed Sullivan Theatre 1697 Broadway (53rd/54th Sts).
- Late Show with David Letterman doesn't offer tickets by mail.
- You must be at least 18 to be in the audience.
- Bring photo ID for security clearance.
- You are eligible to attend the Late Show with David Letterman only once every six months.
- Bring a sweater or jacket if you're attending a Late Show with David Letterman Taping -- they keep the studios pumped full of refrigerated air.