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“Great experience”

The Late Show with David Letterman
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Owner description: Indiana's native son hosts this off-beat, comedy talk show. Tickets must be reserved in advance through the mail. For standby ticket info call 212/247-6497 at 11 AM.
Level 6 Contributor
120 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

Got our tickets in the lottery, great show, no big name guests on the show this time, but the experience of the live recording is well worth the waiting.

Visited July 2014
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Franklin TN
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53 reviews
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“Standing in Lines”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Before our trip to NYC I signed up for tickets for a laundry list of tapings. I got a call a couple of days before leaving from a Letterman staffer asking if we were still interested in tickets. I was excited to hear from them and it was obvious they were gauging how big of a fan of the show I was. She asked several questions and then one trivia question which I was able to answer to which she exclaimed "you won the tickets". She gave instructions to arrive to pick up the tickets between 2-3PM by waiting in a line, then telling the staff there I was on Lisa's Gold list. When we checked in there were pre-printed lists of various staffers names with guests on each. We got in the line right at 2PM and it moved along fairly quickly. A staff member briefly interviewed us again and handed us our tickets with a small sticker on it. We waited in another holding area and were broken into 2 groups based on what was written on our ticket. Our group was smaller than the other and we were taken outside the studio and informed we were going to be "audience leaders", we would get bathroom time and were going to be in the front 2 rows. We were told to come back in about 30 minutes to line up again. When we came back we waited in a line outside again. Then we were taken inside and given a long list of instructions. We could not get up to go to the bathroom once seated so they gave us 2 opportunities to go before we went in the studio. We were told how to laugh and not to whoop and holler and act a fool. We were told that Dave would come out before the taping to warm up the audience and to answer questions. She wanted us to have a question in mind that was not "creepy". She gave us several questions NEVER to ask. Once inside we stood there for about an hour. There were seats for those who simply could not tough it out standing so long. Before the taping the VIPS in line ahead of us were taken upstairs to the balcony and we were finally let in to get our prime seats. We were on the front row right in the center of the stage.
Another briefing occurred here including instructions to take no pictures whatsoever at any time, how to laugh and clap etc. There was also a camera right there but when Dave came out he pushed it down a bit so we could see him. He did ask for questions but spent more time asking questions of the audience member instead. This exchange was part of the inside joke that would get the audience laughing during the taping. The band came out and were awesome,playing full songs during each commercial break. Dave was charming and witty. The experience of seeing everything that goes on behind the scenes was pretty neat and the seats were very good. I am glad we got to see this iconic theatre and Dave even though all the lines, hoops to jump through and briefings were a bit much.

Visited July 2014
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Banning, California
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Tour inside the studio”
Reviewed 2 August 2014

Got to tour inside the studio. It was awesome. We could not go to the shows, but that was the next best thing.

Visited July 2014
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
146 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A great experience”
Reviewed 29 July 2014

We went to the theatre on Broadway early in the morning and put our names in the lottery for tickets. You need formal Government-issued ID for all attendees and you all need to be there in person to register for tickets before you can put your name down.

We phoned the number we were given later that day and we were told that we had managed to get picked for tickets for the next day.

We arrived in the late afternoon of the day of the show and we were given our tickets and were told to come back again in 2 hours for the show.

There was a lot of waiting around in lines before we were taken into the theatre, but it was fascinating seeing how it is all put together, filmed and produced once we got in and the show got under way.

If you can get tickets, I can certainly recommend that you go, but it is also a bit of a lottery on who the main guest will be on the day that you attend. I don't think you have a choice to pick and choose certain preferred dates.

There is no tour and no back-stage type tourist attraction. It's just being in the audience, watching the show and being encouraged to clap and enjoy yourself.

Visited July 2014
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savannah, GA
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Hours of waiting but worth doing”
Reviewed 27 July 2014

Entered lottery for tickets to Letterman taping. Got call to come to pick up tickets. Had to return two hours later, after lining up to get tickets. Pre-seated due to husband's difficulty standing for long, and we were ushered into the studio where we sat near the exits and had a clear view of the goings on on stage. The announcer turned the audience into a laughing and clapping chorus. It was fascinating to see all the work behind producing the show. If you have three or four hours free, try for a chance to do this. Great fun.

Visited July 2014
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