If you're a fan of Jimmy Fallon, you might enjoy seeing him tape The Tonight Show live when you're visiting New York City. Tickets are limited and in high demand, but there are several ways to get onto the set, from requesting advance tickets to waiting for standby tickets to attending the monologue rehearsal.
The Day of the Taping
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon typically tapes once a day Monday through Friday with tapings starting at 5 p.m. and lasting until about 6:30 p.m. The line for ticket-holders begins at 2:30 p.m. and you must arrive no later than 3:45 p.m. If you do not make it to the line on time, your ticket will be given to someone on standby. If you have a standby ticket, you can check in at 3:15 p.m. and begin lining up at 3:45 p.m.
When you get there, you'll need to provide a photo ID with the name matching your reservation. Large packages, shopping bags, suitcases, and other packages are not permitted in the studio, so make sure to drop off your belongings at your hotel before you arrive. Smart casual dress is suggested. Bring a sweater or jacket if you're attending a taping—they keep the studios pumped full of refrigerated air. You must be at least 16 years old to attend the taping.
Getting Tonight Show Tickets in Advance
You can request free tickets to see The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon online. Tickets are generally available four to six weeks in advance. They release tickets in blocks, so check the website frequently to find newly released tickets. There is a four-ticket limit per request and you're only allowed to attend a taping once every six months.
Getting Standby Tickets
Standby tickets are distributed on the same day as the show tapes under the "NBC Studios" marquee on the 49th Street side of 30 Rockefeller Plaza (GE Building). They begin distributing one ticket per person at 9 a.m., but it's a good idea to get there even earlier. If there are any standby tickets leftover, they will be available at the NBC Experience Store on 49th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues. Standby tickets for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon do not guarantee admission. If you get a standby ticket, you must return at 3:45 p.m. to wait and see if you can get in.
Attending the Monologue Rehearsal
You can also see Jimmy rehearse his monologue and help determine which jokes will make it into the actual show. This is a more intimate experience than the live taping. The length of time the rehearsal takes varies depending on how much material Jimmy wants to rehearse and it sometimes includes bits beyond the monologue. Register and reserve your free ticket online.
You cannot attend the monologue rehearsal if you have a ticket for the taping, but you can if you have a standby ticket. Bonus: You'll clear security for standby at the same time you do to see the rehearsal.
Taking the NBC Studio Tour
If you can't get tickets, you could also check out the NBC Studios Tour. Depending on the day of the week and the time of day, you might get a chance to see inside the Late Night studio.