How to Get Tickets to SNL, Jimmy Fallon, and Other NYC TV Shows
The trick to getting tickets for TV tapings in New York City is to be from out of town. Visitors have a much better chance than New Yorkers, in part because producers see everybody who's not from New York as being from the heartland—and therefore their target TV audience.
If you're set on getting tickets to a show, you’ll likely be spending some time on 1iota.com, the site that manages most of the ticketing for major shows. Tickets are always free. When you send in your online request, don't be surprised if you don’t find out that your tickets have been granted until shortly before the tape date.
If you come to town without any tickets, all is not lost. Because they know that every ticket holder won't make it, many studios give out a limited number of standby tickets on the day of taping. If you can just get up a little early and don't mind standing in line for a couple hours (or more), you have a good chance of snagging a seat. And we do mean a single seat. Only one standby ticket per person is allowed, so everybody who wants to get in has to get up at the crack of dawn and stand in line. And even if you get your hands on a standby ticket, it doesn't guarantee admission; standbys aren't usually seated until after the regular ticket holders are in. Still, chances are good.
And remember: You don't need a ticket to stand on Rockefeller Plaza in front of the Today show studios.
Pictured: The View cohost Joy Behar in 2017