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Address: 1697 Broadway, New York City, NY 10019-5904
Phone Number: 1 212 975 6644
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I'll be reviewing the show taped on 8/3/16 but will focus mainly on the process of getting into the theater and not much on the show. So I was on vacation in NY for a week and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'll be reviewing the show taped on 8/3/16 but will focus mainly on the process of getting into the theater and not much on the show. So I was on vacation in NY for a week and managed to score tickets a week before through the 1iota website. They are free. I had been seeing the dates getting "sold out"... More 

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We (two couples) were fortunate enough to attend the show on the last night of the RNC convention (the night Jon Stewart showed up). The line protocol was a bit different than the usual afternoon tapings. We had already secured priority confirmations via Late Show website. Those instructions said 9:00 PM show with an 8:30 PM deadline. We arrived at... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

Ok, the wait is a bit much but I loved it in the end and would do it again. We lined up at 12:50 and were numbers 100 and 101 in line. We ended up sitting four rows back in the bottom level on the band side. The only really rough part of the wait was when we came back... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

My family watched Stephen Colbert on and off over here in Australia, and we wanted to attend a late night show so we picked Colbert. We're now dedicated Colbert fans after attending a taping! Lining up is worth it. We arrived at 2pm, tickets were distributed at 3pm and we were able to have afternoon tea nearby until 3:45, when... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed the experience and wanted to do this at least one time. But beware that it took four hours out of our day. We got great seats in lower section, center. But then we learned that being dead center isn't as great as it seemed when filming started because the cameras were directly in front of us. First, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

I was expecting hours of waiting but it was pretty easy. I arrived around 1:15, received my number 204/400 around 2:15. Enjoyed delicious pasta and wine (happy hour!) at the Italian place next door. Lined up again at 3:45, seated in the theater around 4:30. Totally worth it!! Such a fun experience!

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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

You need to reserve tickets online before going to the theatre. Once you get your tickets, you need to get there by 3pm to secure your admission (not guaranteed as they overbook). Got there by 1pm and got really good seats. The earlier you're there, the better the seats. They definitely need a better system though because we were standing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

Ok.. yes.. the lines and waiting are extraordinarily long. And we had "VIP" tickets from a charity auction, which cut the waiting down to under 1 hour and got us good seating (although the theater is small and there are probably no really bad seats), but if you do the free tickets, its probably a good 3+ hours more of... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

We really enjoyed our experience seeing the Late Show with Stephen Colbert in March 2016. The negative was the amount of time they make you wait. You must first come to get your tickets(and hand stamped) and wait in a long line. Then you are told when to come back. When you come back, you must wait in another line... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

OMG ! Be prepared to stand for 3 - 4 hours. Their system of seating stinks. First you arranged for tx online. Then you show up the day of your show. You wait in line 2 hours to get your wrist stamped and receive your new numbered tx. Then you are told to come back at a specific time to... More 

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