United States New York New York City New York City Guide Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Nightlife Where to Stay Neighborhoods Itineraries Events Getaways All New York City How to Get Tickets to See Stephen Colbert Live Admission is Free, But Reserve Seats in Advance By Heather Cross Heather Cross Heather Cross is a longtime New York resident who has written about the city since 2002. She is also a travel agent and NYC & Company-certified New York City specialist. TripSavvy's editorial guidelines Fact checked by Jillian Dara Fact checked by Jillian Dara on 05/26/20 Instagram Emerson College Jillian Dara is a freelance travel writer and fact checker. Her work has appeared in Travel + Leisure, USA Today 10Best, Michelin Guide, Hemispheres, DuJour, and Jetsetter. TripSavvy's fact-checking on 05/26/20 Share Pin Email Bobby Bank/FilmMagic/Getty Images Stephen Colbert, of "The Colbert Report" fame, debuted on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" in September 2015, following in the footsteps of longtime "Late Show" host David Letterman. If you're going on a trip to New York City and are a fan, you can get tickets to see the show live. Tickets You can request free tickets to see "The Late Show." Tickets are generally available three to four weeks in advance. The show releases tickets for one calendar month at a time, so check the website frequently to find newly released tickets, follow the show's social media channels for updates on ticket release dates, or sign up for a free app to receive a push notification once tickets are available. There is a two-ticket limit per request, and you're only allowed to attend a taping once every six months. Guests must be over the age of 16. All attendees need a government-issued photo ID for entry; the person who reserved the tickets must have a government-issued ID with a name matching the reservation to claim the tickets. This show is virtually always sold out (meaning ticket requests are all booked) well in advance, and it is impossible to get day-of-show tickets. You must plan well ahead if you want to see Colbert live. Location The show tapes nightly at the Ed Sullivan Theater at 1697 Broadway, between 53rd and 54th streets. The closest subways are the N/Q/R trains to the 57th/7th Avenue stop and the B/D/E trains to the 7th Avenue stop. Attending the Show "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert " typically tapes Monday through Wednesday. The show tapes at 5 p.m. and generally lasts until about 7 p.m. The line-up for ticket-holders begins at 3 p.m., and you must arrive no later than 4:00 p.m. or you risk having your spot given to someone on the standby line. All tapings are overbooked, and you are not guaranteed a ticket, so getting in line as early as possible is a must. Large packages, shopping bags, backpacks, and suitcases are not permitted in the studio, so make sure to drop off your belongings at your hotel before you arrive. Small purses are allowed. The dress code for the show is described thusly: "Your mom might see you on TV" casual. Bring along a sweater or jacket if you're attending a taping since they keep the studios pumped full of refrigerated air. You are not allowed to use cell phones, cameras, or other recording devices while in the studio. If you do, you risk having them confiscated or being asked to leave the theater. Food and beverages are not permitted inside the taping. You must stay for the entire show. If a show gets canceled for any reason, ticket holders will be notified via e-mail or phone by the Late Show staff. What to Do Before or After You Attend the Show The Ed Sullivan Theater is located on Broadway just north of Times Square, so it's a very convenient location for New York City visitors with lots of other things to do. You could hit the TKTS booth before lining up for the taping and attend a Broadway show after your taping. If you want to get dinner after seeing Stephen Colbert, there are plenty of restaurants in Times Square, as well as great places for pre-theater dining. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit How to Get Jimmy Fallon Tonight Show Tickets How to Get Tickets for a TV Show Taping at Rockefeller Center How to Get "Late Night With Seth Meyers" Tickets See The Dr. Oz Show Live in NYC! How to See John Oliver Live on "Last Week Tonight" Be in the Audience of 'Live With Kelly and Ryan' in NYC How to Get Tickets for "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" How to Be in a Live TV Studio Audience in Los Angeles How Do You Get Tickets to See "The Daily Show" Taping in NYC? How to See the Good Morning America Show in New York City Travel to Asia: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country Travel to the Caribbean: A Reopening Timeline, Country by Country How to Travel from JFK Airport to Manhattan Gir National Park: The Complete Guide Do I Need a Visa to Visit Cambodia? How Can I Get Free Saturday Night Live Tickets?