How to Get Tickets for a TV Show Taping at Rockefeller Center

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Want to be part of the studio audience for your favorite TV show while in New York City? This list of shows that tape in Rockefeller Center will help you learn how to get audience tickets to see your favorite TV show tape live.

In most cases, you can head to the NBC Studio Experience Store to see what tickets are available if you're interested in standby tickets.

"Saturday Night Live"

It's not easy to get audience tickets for "Saturday Night Live." They hold a lottery during the entire month of August, but there's more to it than handing over your contact info and crossing your fingers: You need to write a paragraph or two explaining why you want to go. When you enter the lottery, note that you are only able to submit one request per household and you are not permitted to request a particular date—you must be available for any taping date during the season, which runs from October through May.

Alternatively, if you don't mind waiting—or sacrificing sleep—you can line up for standby tickets (for either the 8:30 p.m. dress rehearsal or the 11:30 p.m. live-taping of "SNL") the day of the show. These are distributed at 7 a.m.; people start to queue up around 2 a.m., but they might show up earlier depending on the host or musical guest. Keep in mind that a standby ticket is not the same thing as an actual ticket. The earlier you get in line, though, the better chance you have of seeing the show.

"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon"

If you plan about a month in advance, you can get free audience tickets for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" by requesting them online—after that, you will be put on a waitlist. Tickets are released one month in advance of the show's taping list.

If you're more of a procrastinator, you can head to 49th streetto get your standby tickets. Tickets are distributed at 9 a.m. the day of the taping, with fans lining up in the early hours of the morning for a chance to see the show. If you forgot to set your alarm (or you just don't want to get up that early), head to the NBC Greeter's Stand at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, where you might be lucky enough to pick up a leftover standby ticket.

Another option is to follow the show's social media pages, where they sometimes announce ticket giveaways just before 12 p.m or at any time Friday.

"Late Night with Seth Meyers"

To get into "Late Night with Seth Meyers," you can join the waitlist for shows through the end of the following month. It is possible to request tickets for same-day tapings, though the chances of getting them are low. Occasionally they offer seats to more people than the studio can hold, so be aware that there is the ever-so-slightest chance you may turned away at the door.

Standby tickets are available as well. They distribute cards at 9 a.m. the day of the show, but be sure to get in line (on 49th street, between 5th and 6th Avenues) early to improve your chances of getting into the studio. Leftover standby tickets will be held for pickup at the Greeter's Stand at 30 Rockefeller Plaza. Tapings usually begin at 6:30 p.m.

If you are unable to get a ticket, you can still watch the monologue rehearsal. Head to The Shop at NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza at 11:30 a.m. for tickets. Check the schedule online ahead of time to find out when they're taping.

"Today Show"

You don't need tickets to be in the "Today Show" audience: You can just show up in Rockefeller Center at 7 a.m. Monday through Saturday and join the other folks hoping to get a moment on TV for their friends and family at home to see! If you want to meet Hoda Kotb or Hal Roker, try to arrive before 6:30 a.m. RSVP online for a chance to participate in special show activities as part of the taping. 

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