Laugh Along with Letterman at a Late Show Taping

Laugh Along with Letterman at a Late Show Taping

My boyfriend is a huge fan of the Late Show with David Letterman, so, for his birthday, he applied for tickets to a taping. He applied about a month in advance and a few weeks ago received a call from a CBS page confirming the tickets—if he could correctly answer a trivia question about the show. Of course he got the question right, so later that week, we attended the taping. We got to the Ed Sullivan Theater a little early, and one of the pages outside told us to come back at the exact time we were initially told to get there. Later, we stood in line to claim our tickets and were again told to come back in an hour to line up for the show. When we were finally in line to get in to our seats, two of the pages joked with the crowd and prepared us to laugh and cheer during the show.

Once we were in our seats, Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra took the stage. Pages jumped around the aisles encouraging the audience to clap along as the band performed classic rock hits. After a few brief jokes from an opening comedian, Dave Letterman himself came onstage for a pre-show Q&A with the audience. This quickly turned into Dave heckling one man in the front row, to the delight of the rest of the crowd. During the show, those who couldn’t see Letterman and his guests—including actor Will Arnett—around the large cameras were able to watch from the many television screens scattered throughout the theater. When the show cut to commercial breaks, the band kept the crowd’s attention with one or two songs per break.

To attend a taping yourself, apply online at cbs.com/shows/late_show/tickets, visit the box office at the Ed Sullivan Theater or call 212-247-6497 for stand-by tickets. Admission is free and the show is hilarious, so apply early and request a range of dates to increase your chances of getting into a Late Show taping.

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