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Review of Colbert Report

Colbert Report
513 W 54th St, New York City, NY (Manhattan)
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Ranked #180 of 810 Activities in New York City
Type: Performances
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Renton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Colbert Report is located on 54th between 10th and 11th ave. This was an easier show to work with vs daily show. Tickets were gone prior to flying to NYC. We were in NYC October 3-October 9. I checked on their website October 6 and to my amazement there were tickets for the taping on October 8 (Tuesday). I quickly reserved these tickets and confirmed the email. October 8 we arrived at their studio about 4:20 and got in line. We were number 95 and 96. There was much better awning coverage and there were staff outside waiting with us. Once we entered the premises there was security to check us and a scanner. The room was large enough to accommodate at least 100 bodies. There were benches and water opposite the security check. There are restrooms as well. There were two TVS to keep us entertained. We were allowed to keep on our bags. We waited for 30-45 minutes before they ushered us into the studio. The seats were more comfortable and each seat was left a pen by the crew. The music is quite loud mind your ears. A comedian came out to hype the audience. The floor manager showed us cues to watch for throughout the show so we can holler our lungs out and laugh because we are the shows critics. Stephen Colbert appeared and the crowd went wild! He allowed a few questions prior to the taping. He was quite entertaining for us. The guest was Paul Giamatti. My husband and I agreed he’s probably so used to people cheering and hollering at him that he’s probably annoyed! In between taping the crew and Stephen would review notes and this is when the loud music returns…*sigh*. I have bad ears already. After the taping, Stephen allowed one more question before he disappeared into the back.

Visited October 2013
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Dodgeville, Wisconsin
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Fun times”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is a great show to see. Stephan truly loves his fans and lets them know it. He comes out early to visit without the "character" of Stephan Colbert and his true persona his just as funny. The staff is well organized about making you know that you have a very important role in the making of a great show. It is a wonderful couple of hours.

Visited April 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Wait for it.... And awesomeness begins”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

First off, I had a VIP ticket with a friend which was fortunate as we were about the last ones admitted inside ahead of other normal ticket holders. After a standard security checkpoint, the only negatives of the night came to head.
There was a 20 minute or so wait inside a waiting room with the other attendees which wouldn't have been bad if the room was better ventilated. Simply, the room stunk because there were about 50 or so people crammed inside. It didn't bother me much but my friend seemed a bit annoyed by it.
After the wait, the audience was seated and a comedian came out to hype the audience up and to explain that we're a huge reason why the show is so successful. If you attend a taping, expect to yell your voice hoarse.
The comedian had a pretty good routine in my opinion, a real New York attitude, very sarcastic.

After loosening up the audience, Colbert appeared out of character and took questions from several attendees. Very cool guy out of character, humble, and still very funny.

The show itself featured Junot Diaz (extremely cool guy but who the heck goes to MIT to study writing?), and definitely a great episode to watch (March 25, 2013)

All in all, a great experience, that just requires a bit of patience at the beginning.
Definitely would go again after the 6 month wait is over.

Visited March 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“What fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2013

Nation! The tickets are free! Sign up!

OK, so you do have to wait in line for an hourish - but so what? Worth it! A stand up comic warms up the audience and Stephen comes out - out of character- and answers any questions.

James Franco was the quest when we were there. So fun. So exciting.

Oh, and don't forget it is free!

Visited March 2013
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“Fun and funny”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

I got tickets ahead of time but still arrived around 4:30 to make sure we got seated for the show. The line for people with tickets is under an awning, so even though the weather was gross we were nice and dry while we waited. The staff were friendly and helpful; the security guards were efficient and not bullies; the holding room had old videos of the show playing to keep us entertained; the taping took about 40 minutes max; overall it was really fun and I enjoyed seeing how TV was made as part of a live audience. If you like the show, you'll like seeing it taped. Check it out if you can get tickets -- or get there way early for standby.

Visited October 2012
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