One of the most unpredictable things a tourist may do when he goes to New York City is to see a live TV show, such as The Late Show. But with David Letterman recently announcing his retirement in 2015, the competition will likely be more competitive to get the coveted tickets that so few can get. But here is how people can try.
The most common way, especially for tourists who are still overseas, is to submit an application for on the CBS website. But there is also a way to go and submit an in person application if already in New York City. Representatives will be in the office to process the request form from Monday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m and Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. The office is located at 1697 Broadway in Manhattan, and submitters of the in person request form will be selected randomly. Both process will require waiting for a phone call to see if the applicant was selected. Also people cannot apply more than once per a six month period.
For last minute requests, it may be possible to get a standby ticket by calling (212) 247-6497 on the day of the taping beginning at 11:00 a.m. Tickets are admitted on a first come first serve basis. Be prepared to get there early though as the lines will be long.
David Letterman was always popular amongst viewers worldwide. But within this next year, his show will be even more popular to see live with fans wanting to see him out for his last year on late night television.