May 2, 2009

Book Your Favorite Show When Travel

It doesn’t come as a surprise that each of us would like to be on a talk show, at least once in a lifetime. In particular, if this show is popular with you and your family at home.

But only a few of us know that it’s very much possible, and sometimes - at no cost, but you might want to book it in advance. A few stand-by or ‘day of’ tickets can be available, but not always, as many, and many people learn that it’s rather easy to get tickets to the show.

The talk shows are not filled with people requested by a TV personality/host, these people are from street – that is, these people either happen to be in the area and know where the ticket booths are, or these people requested tickets online before a visit to the city where a show is filmed.

If you are planning to be in Los Angeles or New York, be it over the holidays or all year around, you can fulfill your dream of being on your favorite talk show: David Letterman, Jay Leno (catch him before he lives his stint at NBC this month!), Conan O'Brien (who will be replacing Jay Leno as of May 30, 2009), Ellen DeGeneres, or Jimmy Fallon – the new kid on the block. Go to CBS site for tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman and to NBC site for tickets to The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brian.

The Late Show with David Letterman is taped in New York City. For tickets information, visit here.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno is taped in Los Angeles. For ticket information, go to NBC official site.

The Ellen DeGeneres show is taped in Burbank, CA (a part of Los Angeles), and you can get your tickets here.

You can request tickets online in advance, and the sites tells you how, by simply clicking on available dates on the calendar provided on the site. Then fill out a request form. Certain limitations apply, such as being able to request only one day of the show (so make it work for everyone who is coming with you to the show; check everyone’s availability before you fill out a request form.)

You can also buy tickets on a day of performance – the so-called stand-by or “Day Of” tickets. However, only a very limited number of tickets available this day, and you never know if there’d be any. So, if you know for sure that you want to make this show part of your travel itinerary, I’d suggest requesting tickets in advance.

For the ‘day of” tickets, call 818.954.5929. Be sure to call before noon PST.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live show
You have an option of getting tickets online or by phone. Online go to, and fill out a request and expect to receive a notification by e-mail within a week of the taping date. Or you can request tickets by phone, just call 866-JIMMY-TIX weekdays between 1 and 4 p.m.

Late Night with Conan O’Brien
You have an option of getting tickets by phone or as stand-by. Call Conan’s ticket office at 212-664-3056. You can request up to 4 tickets only, and you are allowed to request tickets every six months. You would need to meet with the rest of the audience at NBC Studios marquee at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, NYC. Stand-bys are very rare, to be exact – one standby ticket per person will be issued on a day of the show, but no guarantees of entrance. With this show, don’t expect to get tickets on the day of the show, when you call.

(“Conan O’Brien, the incoming host of NBC’s “Tonight Show,” says that his initial reaction to the news that the current “Tonight” host, Jay Leno, was getting a new nightly prime-time show on the network was one of concern — but only for 90 minutes,” - New York Times’ TV Decoder.)

Live! With Regis and Kelly
You have an option of mail, phone or stand-by. If you live outside U.S.A. mail might not be the best option. If you choose to request by mail, send a postcard a full year in advance to Live! Tickets, Ansonia Station, P.O. Box 230777, New York, NY 10023. Or call 212/456-2410 or 212/456-3055 for last-minute tickets. If you are betting on your luck to get stand-by, arrive at the studio no later than 7 a.m., however all stand-by tickets are first-come, first-served, so you are not guraunteed there’ll be enough for all.

The tapings occur Monday through Friday, 9 a.m., at the ABC Studios at 7 Lincoln Square (Columbus Ave. and West 67th Street) on the Upper West Side.

Not my cup of tea, but you’re a fan, not only you can get tickets to The Jerry Springer Show, but you can even participate! Go to the official site of The Jerry Springer Show. You can choose a show by topics of your interest. Scroll up and down the site and read all the information. Once you’ve decided on a topic, call the specified toll-free number associated with the topic. Or e-mail. When done “pitching” yourself for a “guest” spot, don’t contact The Jerry Springer Show regarding your submission. Producers will contact you.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

(Logo by Comedy Central, Jason Miller. Viacom Press)

You have an option of e-mail, phone or stand-by. Send requests for tickets to, and include your full name, cell/daytime phone number, two or three show dates of interest. Submit e-mail requests only one time. Multiple requests will be rejected. Or Call (212) 586-2477 on Fridays around 11 or 11:30 a.m. EST. By Phone request tickets the Friday prior to your show date request, which are considered “last minute tickets.” And as with other shows, you can get stand-by by arriving to the show.

The tapings are at the studio location: 733 11th Avenue, between 51st and 52nd streets, New York, NY.

The Oprah Winfrey Show
Unlike other shows that offer different option to acquire tickets, with The Oprah Winfrey Show you can only make reservations by calling 312-591-9222, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., CST. Don’t give up if it’s busy. In the summer you are out of luck as the request phone line is closed during the summer; it opens up in early August.

Note, the show tapings occure in Chicago at Harpo Studios, 1058 West Washington. 9 a.m. and noon, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.

The Rachael Ray Show - come and see some one America learned to adore so dearly – Rachael Ray and her easy creative cooking skills mixed up with a bit of other entertainment: celebrities, writers, nutritionists, product reviews, audience giveaways, etc.

You have an option of phone, online or standby ticket requests. Call Rachael’s ticket office at 917-332-3200. You can request up to four tickets. Leave your name, phone number and desired dates. Online go to online ticket form at the show’s official site. You should wait for tickets to arrive (and/or call back). If you opt for a standby, arrive at the studio prepared for first come first serve time.

The taping occurs at 222 E. 44th St., New York City. Tapes two shows on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Morning arrival time for audience members: 10 a.m. Afternoon arrival time: 2 p.m. Tapings could last up to two hours.
The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert
You can write, or get standbys only. Write for tickets to 513 West 54th Street, New York, New York, 10101. You can request up to four tickets. For a standby, arrive early at 513 West 54th Street, between 10th Ave and 11th Ave in midtown New York, where the taping of the show occurs.

The Late Show with Craig Ferguson
You have only one option to get tickets – online at The Late Late Show’s online registration form. The show taping occurs at CBS Television City in Los Angeles, Monday through Friday.
Last Call with Carson Daly

(Photo by Yahoo! TV)

Get your tickets online, phone or standby. Go to Or call the 1iota Ticket Hotline, 866-546-6984, Monday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. For no-guarantee standby tickets, go to NBC Guest Relations Bungalow, 3000 W. Alameda Ave., Burbank, Calif.

For Must-Dos / Must-Nots to have a fun successful visit to your favorite show, when travel, go to 15 Tips to Make Your Talk Show Visit Successful, where I give tips for you to have a wonderful experience.

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