Underrated TV show tapings
While the other saps wait months for SNL tickets, you'll be yukking it up in these sets in no time.
Mon Mar 15 2010
106 & Park
106 & Park
530 W 57th St between Tenth and Eleventh Aves (106andpark.com/showtickets)
When it tapes: The schedule varies, but it's usually Monday at 1:30 and 6pm and Wednesday through Friday at 6pm. Audience members must arrive an hour and a half before taping begins.
How to get tickets: Request up to four tickets online, or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why go: TRL may be gone, but you can still get your countdown fix of the top ten rap and R&B music videos. Hosts Rocsi and Terrence J keep things rowdy for big-name guests like Estelle and Snoop Dogg.
The Dr. Oz Show
NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Sts, studio 6A (doctoroz.com/get-show-tickets)
When it tapes: At 10am and 3pm three days a week; specific days vary. Guests must arrive an hour and a half before taping begins.
How to get tickets: Request up to four tickets about three weeks in advance by calling 212-664-3056 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Friday tapings generally go the fastest.
Why go: One of the producers may contact you beforehand and invite you to ask Dr. Oz a health question on the show. You also have a one-in-200 chance of being picked at random to be Dr. Oz's assistant of the day.
Good Morning America
1500 Broadway at 44th St (abcnews.go.com/gma)
When it tapes: Live Monday through Friday from 7 to 9am. Audience members must arrive at the guest line no later than 6:45am.
How to get tickets: You can request up to 15 tickets online. If you are a guest in September, January or February, you will almost always get in.
Why go: Sam Champion, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Juju Chang aren't the only people you'll wake up with: Recent guests have included Jennifer Aniston, Beyonc and Jessica Simpson.
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
NBC Studios, 30 Rockefeller Plaza between 49th and 50th Sts, studio 6B (latenightwithjimmyfallon.com)
When it tapes: Monday through Friday at 5:30pm. The audience must arrive no later than 4:15pm.
How to get tickets: Request up to four tickets one month in advance by calling 212-664-3056. Tickets are gone within two weeks (and even more quickly during the summer months).
Why go: You can sign up online to sit in the Band Benches; those selected will surround the night's musical guests as they perform.
Late Show with David Letterman
1697 Broadway between 53rd and 54th Sts (lateshowaudience.com)
When it tapes: Monday at 3:30 and 6pm and Tuesday through Thursday at 4:30pm. Guests must arrive at the studio one hour before taping.
How to get tickets: Submit your request online up to one month in advance and answer a David Letterman trivia question correctly to snag two tickets (answer wrong and get none). Flexibility with dates will increase your chances.
Why go: Letterman often draws upon the preshow Q&A for his opening monologue, slipping in an inside reference to a conversation with an audience member.
The Martha Stewart Show
221 W 26th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (marthastewart.com/get-tickets)
When it tapes: Typically, Tuesday through Thursday at 10am and 2pm. Guests must arrive an hour and a half prior.
How to get tickets: You can request up to four tickets online about a month in advance.
Why go: Martha's star power guarantees top-notch guests (she's baked with Vogue's Andr Leon Talley) and swag (like a $100 Lululemon gift card and a trip to South Africa).
The People's Court
401 Fifth Ave at 37th St, eighth floor (peoplescourt.warnerbros.com)
When it tapes: Tuesday through Thursday at 10am and 2pm, September through June. Audience members should arrive a half hour before taping begins.
How to get tickets: You can request up to four tickets one month in advance by calling 888-780-8587, or by e-mailing email@example.com.
Why go: After Judge Marilyn Milian is done sassing whiny defendants in actual small-claims court cases, she greets the courtroom audience and answers legal questions.
The Wendy Williams Show
433 W 53rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (wendyshow.com/tickets)
When it tapes: Live Monday through Thursday at 10am; pretaped Thursday at 1:30pm. Arrive at the studio two hours before taping begins.
How to get tickets: You can request up to five tickets online about a month in advance (as of press time, several April dates were still available).
Why go: In addition to occasionally receiving swag like a Helen Ficalora silver necklace and Pantene beauty products, audience members are invited onto the set 15 minutes before the show starts for a deejayed dance party.
Rachael Ray Show
222 E 44th St between Second and Third Aves (rachaelrayshow.com/show-info/audience-tickets)
When it tapes: Tuesdays through Thursdays at noon and 4pm. Guests must arrive an hour and 45 minutes before taping begins.
How to get tickets: You can request up to four tickets online through a random drawing, which means your name could get picked in a week or four years, depending on your luck.
Why go: To get audience members through the three-hour taping, Ray gives away a "snack of the day" (among past offerings: Baci chocolates, organic gummy bears and mini cannoli). That's not to mention the occasional audience-member makeovers and swag like a BlackBerry Curve and a Weber Q140 Electric Grill.
Inside the Actors Studio
Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University, 3 Spruce St between Gold St and Park Row (pace.edu)
When it tapes: The schedule varies, but taping typically takes place at 7pm. For information on upcoming tapings, visit the pace.edu/culture. Guests must arrive between 30 minutes and one hour before showtime.
How to get tickets: The show serves as a class for Pace students in the Actors Studio MFA program (James Lipton is the founding dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School), so class members get first pick. The general public can sign up for e-mail notifications of ticket availability online. Standbys who arrive an hour beforehand almost always get in.
Why go: You'll be within restraining-order distance of A-list celebs like Robert De Niro and Angelina Jolie as they get probed by Lipton about their craft.