How to get tickets to see the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in NYC (and bring home a souvenir)

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Getting tickets for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon– Back in New York City at last

I just saw the last test show for the new Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in New York City– basically the dress rehearsal for the premiere on February 17, and nearly identical to a regular show.

(UPDATE 1/10/15): I added some recent reader observations to this post about when to arrive to pick up Tonight Show tickets– if you’ve been to the show, send me your tips! For the latest tips from our readers, please check the comments)

As the longest running entertainment program in the US (since 1954), the Tonight Show has a long legacy behind it, with iconic hosts like Johnny Carson and most recently Jay Leno. While it’s been taped in Los Angeles for the last forty years, the show is returning back to its original New York City location with new host Jimmy Fallon at the helm.

As a New Yorker, I thought it would be fun to catch an early show marking this transition back to my home city. Seeing a live TV taping is also something fun for a New York City tourist to do– with a little planning and luck, you might get to see a show (free!) too. The complete ticket-getting process was a little confusing on the website, so I am sharing my experience below.

1. Order your ticket for the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

First, order your tickets on the show’s website or follow the show’s Twitter feed for special announcements. Once the complimentary tickets are released, they are “sold out” very quickly, so move fast if you happen to hit the site when they are available. You can order up to 4 tickets under one name and are only allowed to attend one show every six months. No one under 16 is allowed in, so leave the kids at home.

If you don’t have advance tickets, you still have a couple of options– show up in person for a general stand-by line or join a separate line just for the test run of the monologue.

2.  Exchange your Reservation for Actual Tickets on the day of the show

Once you have your Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Tickets secured, print out the entire reservation. There are several pages to the reservation, so make sure you bring them all in, not just the first page with the QR code.

30 rock rockefeller center nycArriving at the 30 Rockefeller Center Studios for the taping of the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show is taped in the 30 Rock studios. On the day of the show, arrive with your reservation at the NBC Experience Store at 30 Rock between 2:30-3:45 pm.  If you don’t know where the store is, just look for this landmark– the Rockefeller Center Ice Skating Rink. The NBC Experience Store is across the street.

NBC Experience Store NYC Fallon

The NBC Experience storefront.

NBC page tonight show jimmy fallon nycOnce in the store, look for this staircase guarded by an NBC page. If you arrive before 2:00 pm the page will shoo you away and tell you to come back later. After 2:00 pm, you’ll be allowed upstairs to stand in line where you’ll exchange your reservation for a ticket.

There really isn’t a need to get there super early to wait in line though– you can pick up your tickets anytime before 3:45 pm.

Update: We’ve had readers fill us in recently about exactly when you should arrive to pick up your Tonight Show tickets.

One concern is that Tonight Show tickets may run out because of overbooking– reader Kate (see her full comment below) asked about this on her recent visit to the show and was assured that everyone in the party will get a ticket as long as they arrive within the specified time window.

Reader Bruce notes that they arrived at “about 2:30 and there were quite a few people upstairs waiting. There was a loose line and we stayed in it but in hindsight we should have moved more into the mezzanine . Our ticket number was 18 so I thought that’s pretty good. Anyway there were numbers and letters. When we lined up it turned out the letters went into the studio first followed by the numbers. When we finally got into the studio it looked quite full with all the lower levels already seated. We were placed on the side 2 seats in.” The show started at 5pm and was a lot of fun. We were done by 6:30. Roots was great. Security was tight and always on the lookout for anyone trying to take a picture. Anyway if you go have fun and just take in the experience. You may not get on camera or high five Jimmy but just enjoy. His show is awesome and funny. Best part was Ben Stiller as the panda.”

nbc experience store nycAnytime after 2:00 pm, you can head up this staircase. Reservation holders stand around in a loose line until ticket distribution begins. It’s not necessary for all of your ticket holders to be present to secure your place in line (though all must be present to receive tickets).

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon line for live show

For some unknown reason, the upstairs waiting area was oven hot.

On the day we visited, most of the people standing in line around us were tv taping veterans, having seen Jimmy Fallon’s prior show, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, before. The mood was relaxed and chatty, with a mix of locals, tourists, and a few foreign visitors.

tonight show starring jimmy fallon wristband nycAround 2:45 pm or so the Tonight Show staff starts the ticketing process. You present your reservation printout and are given an orange ticket and this Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon wristband. Don’t lose either or you won’t be let in!

After you get your ticket you are told to come back at 4:00 pm. If you’re a local, you can return back to your office until then. If you’re visiting, grab a snack or do some shopping in the area (Saks Fifth Avenue is right across the street).

At 4:00 pm you enter the 30 Rock building to stand in line again for the actual show. 

Editor’s Note: when you enter the 30 Rock building, please keep in mind this is not a place for tourists to hang out and congregate, it is a real office building where locals work! I used to work at a law firm in this very building and can tell you firsthand that there is nothing more irritating than dodging gawkers who stand in front of the revolving doors or loiter in the hallways when you are trying to get back to the office.

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon billboard in 30 rockefeller centerThat said, if you are discreet and quick, you can take a quick photo of this Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon billboard in the lobby of 30 Rock (it’s located in an alcove in front part of the lobby). In fact, this is the only place where you can take any sort Jimmy Fallon-related photo.

Update: the new marquee is up! I snapped a photo on 6th Avenue last week:


We arrived a little later than 4 pm and went right up to the final waiting area. There were no more photos beyond this point (the staff joked about hidden snipers), so you’ll you have to use your imagination for the rest. After you pass through a metal detector and have your purse searched, you’ll be ushered into the actual studio.

3.  Seeing the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon live in New York- What to Expect

As you enter the studio, the NBC pages will direct you to a specific seat. I’ve been to a couple of other TV show tapings with hard seats and appreciated the cushy red leather (pleather?) audience seats at the Tonight show.

When you are sitting in the audience, you have a different perspective on the set, as you are completely surrounded by honey colored, maple wood acoustic wall panels. The wood panelling counters the tech feel of all the cameras and studio equipment, making the set feel zen-like and cozy. The photo backdrop of New York City behind Fallon’s desk is softened by small wooden replicas of New York City landmarks (Fallon joked that he made them out of toothpicks himself).

The Live Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Experience

Before the show begins, the warm up comedian primes the audience, expertly weaving in show “do’s and don’ts” in-between jokes. Next, the Tonight Show announcer, Steve Higgins, takes his place at his maple wood podium. The show officially begins with Higgin’s announcement of Fallon.

At my show, Fallon riffed on the Olympics, the Time Warner/Comcast merger (with an accompanying running joke about the past-their-prime movies shown on Starz) and Ryan Seacrest’s new clothing line.

The show continued with a celebrity interview (on my show, former Daily Show regular John Oliver) and a musical act (Roots, the spectacular house band, stood in for visiting musical act). We were also treated to a Thank You Notes segment and a spontaneous burst of song from Fallon.

 Jimmy Fallon on the Eve of a Monumental Debut

My show was a little different because it was a test show– the very last test show before the big debut. I loved the experience because it was a chance to watch Fallon (and everyone who works behind the scenes) on the eve before what is considered a monumental debut in the entertainment world– the passing of the Tonight Show torch.

My friend who attended the show with me had seen a prior Late Night taping and noted the marked difference between that show and this last test show.  While on that Late Night show, the overall vibe of the show was relaxed and easy going, on this show we both detected a bit of an edge.

At the close of every scene, producers swarmed the set and huddled together in small groups, presumably working out last-minute details.

Fallon himself was flawless and spot on as usual (with an especially funny bit on blind Mary from Little House on the Prairie), but a careful observer might detect just a hint of nerves. My favorite moment was when, in an aside from the actual show, Fallon looked up, and acknowledging the gravity of the upcoming debut said, “Tonight’s the last test show– the next show is in front of millions of people” as he put his head in his hands and ruffled his hands through his hair. It was such an adorably human moment, and shows why so many people love Fallon.

The show closed as quickly as it began, possibly the fastest hour you’ll ever sit through. The warm up comedian came back and provided entertainment as we filed out, reluctant to leave our comfy seats.

Souvenirs from the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

The Tonight Show staff takes away your colorful orange ticket, so your only souvenir of the show is your actual paper wristband.

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon t shirts souvenir

These Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon t shirts glow in the dark.

You can head back down to the NBC Experience Store to pick up some new Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon souvenir merchandise, just in this week. The merchandise isn’t exactly subtle, with the full logo and branding over every item.

Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon souvenirs nycThe selection included tee shirts, iphone and ipad covers, hats and coffee mugs. Since the line just came in, it’s possible there might be more discreet items in the future. Until then, a coffee mug would probably be your best bet.

Want to read about more New York City souvenirs? Check out the best Black and White cookies in New York! or Find out where to get an authentic Egg Cream Soda at an old-school luncheonette!

Have you attended the new Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? Share in the comments below and we’ll update this post with your comments!

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82 Responses to How to get tickets to see the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in NYC (and bring home a souvenir)

  1. Patrick 03/24/2014 at 11:28 am #

    Nice Article. Question…Is there a place for people without tickets to see the “stars” entering or exiting the building? Just curious. Thanks.

    • Kristin Francis 03/27/2014 at 3:22 pm #

      Not sure where– but there are always people milling about the sides of the building so there must be!

  2. Liana 04/02/2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Is there a way to wait in a line for tickets if you don’t have a reservation. Like for cancellations?

    • Kristin Francis 04/03/2014 at 8:47 am #

      Yes, there is a general standby line and an additional line you can wait in for a test run of the monologue.

  3. Lauren 04/26/2014 at 4:47 pm #

    Do you think the need to arrive early is different now that the show has exploded in popularity and it’s in full swing of taping “real” shows? I got a reservation for tickets, but I’ll be a visitor to the city and I want to know if I should expect to spend most of my day in the city wrapped up with the taping.


    • Kristin Francis 04/26/2014 at 4:57 pm #

      Hi Lauren, this is exactly why I wrote the post– I wanted to let people know exactly how much of their day they needed to plan around this as the info was not entirely clear. You cannot get upstairs before 2 pm so even if you were being extra cautious, there is no reason to get there any earlier. I agree I wouldn’t push it by getting there at the last minute (like at 3:45). I hope you come back and report on your experiences, I’d love to update the post! : )

      • Kate 06/12/2014 at 2:29 pm #

        Hi. I was just at the 8pm taping on 6/11. I had read your post (very helpful) and wanted to mention that the staff reiterated multiple times that you do not need to show up earlier than the stated check-in time. Despite all the comments when you get a ticket reservation about overbooking, they said as long as your entire party shows up together within the specified window, you have a guaranteed seat. So you shouldn’t worry about having a regular ticket reservation and being there extra early for fear of not getting an actual ticket. From everything I could tell there was no benefit to showing up in advance of the announced time. (With that being said, the page at the bottom of the stairs let people upstairs more than an hour before the checking time and people did wait there but this was the first time they filmed two shows the same day I think)

      • Kristin Francis 06/12/2014 at 3:19 pm #


        Thanks so much for this detailed update! I’ll edit the review to add your comments, hope you enjoyed it! : )

  4. Alison Dobrowolski 04/30/2014 at 4:12 pm #

    Thank you Kristin for writing this! i’m seeing Jimmy on Monday and the whole “your ticket isn’t guaranteed because we overbook the show” statement i received scared me! I am so glad to have a little less anxiety knowing what time I should show up and what to expect.

    • Kristin Francis 04/30/2014 at 8:28 pm #

      Aww thank you! That’s exactly why I wrote the somewhat tedious play-by-play of the process– I didn’t want to get there super early (or at the last minute). I hope you come back and update us on your experience, and if anything’s changed, let me know and I’ll update the post!

  5. Bruce 06/04/2014 at 2:30 pm #

    Hi Kristn
    We’re going to the tonight show next week. Thanks for the information. Super excited but really want to know how we can score seats on the aisle or closer down to the front. Can you provide anymore information?

    • Kristin Francis 06/04/2014 at 2:43 pm #

      Hi Bruce, congrats on scoring tickets and have fun! Unless the process has changed, there is absolutely no way to request where you sit– believe me I tried! I was given a firm “no” when I asked if I could sit up front. Do report back and let us know how your experience turns out!

      • Bruce 06/17/2014 at 9:04 am #

        Hi Kristin,
        We attended the show last Thursday and had a blast. Your details are spot on and haven’t changed.
        We got there about 2:30 and there were quite a few people upstairs waiting. There was a loose line and we stayed in it but in hindsight we should have moved more into the mezzanine . Our ticket number was 18 so I thought that’s pretty good. Anyway there were numbers and letters. When we lined up it turned out the letters went into the studio first followed by the numbers. When we finally got into the studio it looked quite full with all the lower levels already seated. We were placed on the side 2 seats in. The show started at 5pm and was a lot of fun. We were done by 6:30. Roots was great. Security was tight and always on the lookout for anyone trying to take a picture.
        Anyway if you go have fun and just take in the experience. You may not get on camera or high five Jimmy but just enjoy. His show is awesome and funny. Best part was Ben Stiller as the panda.

      • Kristin Francis 06/18/2014 at 4:00 pm #

        Bruce, thanks so much for the detailed report! I will definitely add this to the main post when I have a chance! : )
        Aww you got to see Ben Stiller!! Sounds like so much fun. Thanks for the line tips too!

  6. Nicole Affinito 06/04/2014 at 6:39 pm #

    Is it acceptable to wear shorts (my bf wanted to wear khaki shorts and a tshirt) I can’t really find a dress code for the show. Thanks so much!

    • Kristin Francis 06/05/2014 at 12:57 pm #

      Hi Nicole! No dress code– but keep in mind that you might be seated in a less desirable area (I’m not saying this will happen, but it’s a possibility). When I attended David Letterman and the Martha Stewart Show, dressed up nicely both times, I was actually placed in the front in view of the cameras. I’m not sure if it works the same on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show.

  7. Jonathan Draper 06/30/2014 at 12:44 pm #

    When you go through the process of reserving a ticket, what additional steps do you have to go through? I’m asking because I may be on vacation w/ no internet access so I am going to have someone else reserve them for me and I’m wondering what info to leave them. Thanks!

    • Kristin Francis 06/30/2014 at 10:18 pm #

      Jonathan– did you get tickets? Because you can’t just reserve them, you have to keep checking until they are released.

  8. Kimberly Lombardi 07/09/2014 at 11:16 am #

    Hi Kristen:
    We have tickets for August in my name. Do I actually need to stay or can I just check in with my 3 others and leave but the 3 of them can still see the show? I cannot stay the whole time due to another commitment now.

    • Kristin Francis 07/10/2014 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Kimberly– that’s an interesting question– and I don’t think they can make you stay, lol. I think you should go and check them in (as you are required to) then simply ask what would happen if you don’t make it back. I am pretty sure after you get your ticket, it doesn’t matter if your party is together or not, but I would hate to be wrong here– they were really nice and I can’t see why it would be a problem. If they indicate it’s no problem, then maybe they can offer your ticket to the standby line.

  9. Brittany 07/10/2014 at 11:13 am #

    Hey Kristin!

    I was able to reserve a ticket for a taping in August but it only gave me the option for 1 ticket but in the confirmation email I was sent it said make sure all people in your group are there. I was just wondering if the one ticket was only a reservation for my seat or if I can bring someone with me? I really wanted to bring my fiancé with me /: so if that’s the case that the ticket is only good for one person do you have any suggestions as to how I can grab him a ticket as well? Any feedback is super appreciated!! Thanks in advance!

    • Kristin Francis 07/10/2014 at 6:44 pm #

      Unfortunately I am pretty sure the confirmation email is a just a form letter sent to everyone– no matter how many tickets you were able to reserve. I really doubt you are going to be able to get another ticket for your fiance– the only possible option would be to have him try the standby line and hopefully meet up with you at some point, but that’s no guarantee (and who knows if you’ll even sit together). Sorry about that! It’s hard when you get the one seat option, it’s definitely an experience you want to share with others!

  10. ann 08/07/2014 at 8:31 pm #

    Does anyone know the standby procedure? I have heard you need to show up really early to line up to be one of the first to get standby tickets that are given out at 9am .. then you come back and exchange that voucher for a ticket and then come back with the ticket. Does anyone know if there is an advantage to coming super early to get the standby ticket at 9am and then does that “early” in line standby ticket get you an “early” spot when you check in… it keeps saying first come first serve … trying to see if that means you have to be one of the first in line for the 9am ticket handout….immediately run over and stand in line waiting for the check in and then immediately run and hang out to one of the first in the final standby line. Would love to hear from someone who actually went through the standby process and can explain how I can maximize chances of getting in!

    • Kristin Francis 08/08/2014 at 12:03 am #

      Hi Ann, I’m hoping another reader sees your comment and can respond. I’m trying to update the post with new information if I can get a hold of anyone there so check back!

  11. Cheryl Lamher 09/05/2014 at 10:38 pm #

    I just registered for a Monologue Ticket and was accepted onto the wait list. Does anyone know if this means you only know the day of the event if you are going to have a chance to get ticketed?

    • Kristin Francis 09/17/2014 at 7:56 pm #

      Hi Cheryl, hope someone here can answer!

      • ann 09/18/2014 at 12:36 pm #

        My daughter and I really wanted tickets to see Jimmy Fallon. I was able to get on the wait list for monologue tickets for Aug 11 and it stayed on Wait list status until that Sunday when I finally got an email saying no tickets would be available. Luckily I was already in NYC. I certainly wouldn’t plan a trip thinking you would get tickets.
        Our next option was going for standby tickets. I know that the posts had said 5 am but we REALLY wanted to go and it was going to be one of the surprises for my daughter’s birthday so I wanted to make sure that we had the BEST chance. We got there at 4 am and we were the first in line. By 430 3 “professional line sitters” came and by 5 – 515 there were probably 10-12 people already. By 6-7 30+. You have to line up on the curb next to the tree under the sign. They will come out around 6 and put up a fence. I will tell you that people in line did NOT like if a group had only sent 1 person to hold a place and the others showed up later – lots of booing and a slight confrontation. At 9 a representative comes and gives you a numbered ticket. (BTW Seth Meyers people stand in the same line) We were numbers 1 and 2 and you come back to the NBC store. The standby ticket says to come back at 3:15…We went back at 230 and you go upstairs and they “check you in” by number. You are then directed to go to a different around outside the TUMI luggage store to line up by number at ?3:45… again we just hung around so we didn’t miss our chance. FYI – if you have to go the restroom do so before you start lining up. There is NO way to get out of line. You line up in the hallway. We were numbers 1 & 2! So initially they only gave “real tickets” to the first 4 people in line. So we were IN!! You then are put in an upper hallway … the regular ticket holders go in first… the standby people are used to fill in seats. I didn’t get to sit with my daughter but that was ok. After the 4 of us went in… at the very last moment we saw that 8 other standby people were rushed into fill seats. So on our day… 12 standby people got in. I don’t think you could ever show up at 7-730 and expect to see the show.

      • ann 09/18/2014 at 12:40 pm #

        In response to an earlier post… the ONLY thing you need to do is be very early to get the numbered ticket they hand out at 9am… that is the only “first come-first serve” time. From that point on… you “are” that number.

  12. Brittany 09/05/2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi Ann. My husband and I just tried to get stand by tickets today (9.5.14) we knew they handed out tickets at 9am and I wanted to get there early. We arrived at 7:30am and there were already 35 people in line ahead of us. If you are trying to get stand by you need to get there really early. A tripadvisor post mentioned that you need to get there at least by 5am. Around 9am a page comes out and hands out a numbered stand by ticket and they emphatically tell you that this is not guaranteed. You will have to come back at 3:15 to check in and then you need to wait around until 3:45 where they line you up by number. A page will then come by and count. For us he stopped at number 26 and we were just three people behind his cut off. Which meant that everyone behind 26 was told sorry and have a good rest of your day. The other 26 were still told that it is not a guarantee that they will get in. The tripadvisor post said that from this point on it was still a waiting game to see how many ticketed people they actually have and if they have seats for standby. Talking to the pages, the day before us they took in 42 people but they have days were no stand bys get in. It’s a huge gamble but one that I would try to do again if in the city. Good luck!

    • Kristin Francis 09/17/2014 at 7:54 pm #

      Brittany, thanks so much for your detailed comment.When I have a moment I will edit the post with your comments, thanks!!

      • Lisa I. 09/17/2014 at 10:34 pm #

        I got two general tickets to the monologue rehearsal on the 25th of September. I tried a bunch of times just to get the rehearsal tickets. I am worried about getting turned away from being able to see the show. Is that really likely? I tried to get these tickets on the first day they were released so I hope that doesn’t happen.

      • anne 09/19/2014 at 1:06 pm #

        Lisa – I am not sure what you mean by “general tickets to the monologue” vs. “just to get the rehearsal tickets”.
        If you are worried… call the !iota ticket number or the NBC ticket number and they will direct you to the monologue ticket people.. you can speak with a representative and ask. I never got so far to get out of the wait list for the monologue tickets so I don’t know how the monologue process works. If you have MONOLOGUE tickets you aren’t going to see the real show if that is what you mean by “getting turned away from being able to see the show.” The monologue rehearsal is a very short rehearsal of just the monologue…he is trying out the jokes etc… they then clear the studio before the real show…as I saw the people coming out of that rehearsal while we were lined up for the real show. I would think if you HAVE monologue tickets then you are going to be able to get in for that.

      • Lisa I. 09/20/2014 at 8:23 am #

        I do know it is not the real show. I will call the number to make sure we arrive at a good time if the nbc representative feel nice enough to tell us the correct information.

  13. Marion 09/28/2014 at 6:01 pm #

    Hey everyone,

    I came across this website a few weeks ago (right after being able to get tickets to see Jimmy) and I thought I’d share my experience regarding when to get there, the process, etc…

    I had tickets to the September 18 show at 8.00pm (second taping) and although I love Jimmy Fallon, I did not really want to have to ask my boss to leave early just to get a good place in line for the show. I showed up at 30 Rockefeller Plaza at 5.45pm with my friends (the limit time to get in line was 6.40pm). There was already a long line and at that point I was a bit worried my friends and I were not going to be able to get tickets. But a staff member who was checking every person’s confirmation letter said not to worry, that since we had the confirmation emails, we would get in line first (what she meant was that we would be getting tickets before the stand-by people).

    you first need to show your ID and confirmation letter to a first staff member who will give you one ticket (no matter how many people there are in your party) and then you join another line and that’s when another staff member give you one ticket each. you are then told to come back at 7.00pm.

    We went to grab something to eat in the concourse and came back at 6.50pm. quite a few people were already waiting. The staff first called people who had a number on their ticket. Me and my friends had a letter so we were told to come back 10 minutes later..At first I though that they did assign seats according to what people looked like considering the ones with letters were slightly older than the people with numbers (I was not but one of my friend is in her 50s) but then I realized that those same people who had letters were actually behind me in the first line before getting the tickets). So I really do not think they assign people according to what they look like. I think younger people tend to show up really early and older ones don’t care as much haha When the line started moving, we noticed another small line on the side with 2 dozen people: the stand-by people.

    anywa, at that point, get prepared to wait quite a long time. you first have to move to another location and wait in line, then go up the stairs and wait in line again (it was so hot in there!) and then you finally go through security (do not bring sodas people, they will throw them away right away). Oh and just when we were on our way to the studio, we walked past the stand by people who were not as many as when we first saw them. I have no idea if any of them was able to get into the studio to be honest but I do not think so since I was on the last row of the studio and I did not recognize any of them in the last few rows.

    And then the big moment arrived and you finally get to the studio! it’s so impressive, the seats are quite comfortable (although very small, girls with hips beware haha)! the first person to interact with us is a comedian and he is seriously hilarious!!!! and then The Roots are introduced and a small jam session starts. There is really a great atmosphere!!!!

    I was really lucky since the taping I attended was the one where Jimmy celebrated his birthday (hello Stevie Wonder!!). The staff is really nice and Jimmy seems like a genuinely nice guy I must say! very friendly and smiley!

    Anyway hope that helps a little or at least reassure people who are worried about not arriving early enough to collect their tickets 🙂 (that’s what worried me the most lol)

    Thank you Kristin for your blog/website and for replying to every single comments on this page! Helped a lot 🙂

    • Kristin Francis 09/28/2014 at 6:33 pm #

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write up your experience! This will definitely help out other readers who find their way to my site, which is now a de facto forum. : )

  14. Susan 10/04/2014 at 6:40 pm #

    This is a great resource-thank you! We are visiting New York for a big birthday celebration (mine, lol) and were fortunate to get tickets yesterday for the November 24th taping! Soooo excited! However, we also purchased Book of Mormon tickets a few months ago for the same evening- show starts @7 pm. For those who have attended a taping- is it generally over by 6.30 and can we possibly do both?

  15. Bruce Harris 10/04/2014 at 9:41 pm #

    Hi there, when we attended back in June the show was done by 6:30. Don’t know how far your theater is from 30 Rock. Good luck.

  16. Susan 10/05/2014 at 10:43 am #

    Thanks so much Bruce-it is about a 9 minute walk (precise!) according to mapquest directions so we should be able to do it in that case, which would be a perfect NYC day and evening! Very excited to see Jimmy most of all:)

  17. IdaV 10/30/2014 at 11:36 am #

    If anyone wants to get standby tickets without having to wait on the line and in the cold temps, there are ” linesitters” who will do the wait for you and deliver the tickets to you. It’s an option for those who don’t want to get up at O’dark thirty in the morning to wait outside in the cold until 9AM. The service isn’t cheap though. Starts at $25 per hour.

    Task Rabbits are another option, but they’re expensive too and sometimes a bit flaky and not always reliable.

    We’ve gotten to the standby line at 4AM and there will be people there who arrived at MIDNIGHT. Of course they’re usually first on the line. Arriving that early means you’ve got a 9 hour wait in store in 40 degree or lower temps this time of year.

    You also have to watch out for people who hold spots for their friends who show up a lot later. Just politely ask them: “Will anyone else be joining you?” It should make them feel guilty if nothing else. Really not fair that they do that, because it then puts you just that much further back in that rather sizable line.

    Also, finding an open bathroom in the area until about 6AM won’t be easy. There are food carts across 6th Avenue around 5AM if you’d like to buy food/coffee, etc.,

    Jimmy Fallon is tremendously talented and a really down-to-earth guy; it’s no wonder people love him so.

    I think the show should be on your list of to do’s in NYC. Tickets are difficult to come by, but if you want to get a standby ticket, I would suggest contacting the linesitters at They will definitely get you a low ticket number, which is your best chance of getting in as the other posters have said in the comments on this site.

  18. Dante 11/23/2014 at 9:46 pm #

    Hi there. I just have a quick question. I have tickets to the Wednesday show but I’m going to be cutting it close with time. With work the earliest I can get to 30 rock is about 3:30…I was wondering if possibly someone in my party can reserve a spot in line for me (since he can go early), if it even matters what time im there if I just get there before the time it says (3:40) or if the tickets are transferable. Thankyou!

  19. bmd3 11/25/2014 at 10:36 am #

    Is there a way to find out ahead of time who the guests will be for an 8pm taping? I see the guest line ups but dont see it separated for 5 pm and 8pm.

    • kevin 12/17/2014 at 8:16 am #

      I Also want to know this, I have tickets for the 8pm on December 18th, Im wondering if the tuesday 8 pm will be aired on the following monday and decembers 8pm may be the following tuesday! I hope because he has been doing his big christmas giveaways and it would be great to get the last airing of his giveaways!

  20. Anita B 12/13/2014 at 12:07 am #

    I see there’s two tapings on Thursday dec 18 I got tickets for second taping. How do you find out the guests.on the website it says nick cannon, Amy Adams and foo fighters is that for first or second?

    • kevin 12/17/2014 at 9:04 am #

      I also have tickets for the 8pm December 18th. Would we be aired the following tuesday? and would the tuesday 8pm filming be the following monday?

    • Heidi 12/17/2014 at 4:30 pm #

      I also have tix for the Dec 18 8pm show. I called the hotline and they said that they are taping more shows this week (there were also two tapings on Tuesday Dec 16) to cover some of the following week when they won’t be doing any taping. I’ve been trying to guess at which night’s guests we’ll see, but I’d imagine that the 8pm taping won’t be the actual Dec 18 show (wouldn’t they use the earlier taping for that?). Did anyone attend the 8pm taping on Tuesday 12/16? Who were those guests?

  21. Heidi 12/19/2014 at 11:02 am #

    Anita and Kevin, we all lucked out with that 8pm taping last night! Although I went with my immediate family, so now we’ve got 4 of those wonderful gifts . . . college student daughter is taking one back for her apartment!

    • Kristin Francis 12/21/2014 at 9:28 am #

      Heidi, thanks so much for reporting back! Sounds like an amazing time!

  22. Amy Rapp (@amycantrapp) 02/04/2015 at 10:40 pm #

    Any idea how far in advance the tickets are released? We are looking to get tickets for March 20th, and so far the website only has them released through February 27th.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

    • Kristin Francis 02/06/2015 at 4:36 pm #

      Hi Amy! I wish I had insider information on this but unfortunately not! Sometimes other commenters will come back and answer questions here– you might want to check back in a few days. Good luck!!

  23. Chiara 02/09/2015 at 11:55 pm #

    hi kristin! I’m trying to get tickets for march, do you now what information i need to provide at the moment the tickets are released?

    • Kristin Francis 02/10/2015 at 8:23 pm #

      Hi Chiara– one thing I do recall is that you don’t have to provide the names of your guest(s)- which was great because I had no idea who I was bringing until later. Otherwise you definitely need your email address and you might have to give your address (can’t recall). But you don’t need anything crazy like credit card numbers, drivers license or passport.

      • Marion 02/10/2015 at 8:34 pm #

        I looked up my old confirmation and they do ask you for your address (not sure why since they don’t actually ask you a proof of residency when you pick up the tickets). It might be because they want to make sure people from the same home do not make multiple reservations?

        the only information you’ll be asked is your name (and you will have to be there to pick up the tickets) and phone number, etc.. the normal stuff.

        good luck scoring tickets! hope you’ll get them!

      • Kristin Francis 02/10/2015 at 9:49 pm #

        Thanks Marion, I was hoping someone would chime in! I need to try again myself soon so I can write a new post! Now if only I could get into SNL…

      • Marion 02/10/2015 at 10:27 pm #

        I tried getting into SNL as well, i feel like it’s even harder to get tickets than for Jimmy Fallon lol

      • Chiara 02/11/2015 at 12:52 am #

        Thank you 😉

  24. Connie 03/31/2015 at 11:49 pm #

    How early in the day should I look for tickets online?

    • ahck 04/01/2015 at 3:55 pm #

      you need to follow Fallon on Twitter..they tell you exactly what time you can start trying to get tickets. I have tried 3 times… sitting by two computers with my hand on my mouse ready to click at the exact moment and I have never been able to get tickets… once I was put in the queue and waited and waited hoping it would change over to the page to order or pick the date for tickets but within minutes it said “all sold out”…
      good luck.

  25. Marion 05/13/2015 at 6:34 pm #

    Hi Kristin! Have you tried to get tickets lately for the Tonight Show?

    • Kristin Francis 05/13/2015 at 7:07 pm #

      Hi Marion! I’ve occasionally clicked over to see that they are sold out! But I haven’t been following their twitter for the announcements of the tickets. I should try more often– incidentally if anyone needs a companion for their Tonight Show tickets, I am happy to oblige! : )

      • Marion 05/13/2015 at 7:10 pm #

        I actually managed to get some again (lucky me) and my friends cannot make it that night (i obviously picked the wrong date haha). would you like to join?

      • Kristin Francis 05/13/2015 at 7:14 pm #

        OMG yes, if I’m in town! Email me here with the date etc: [email protected] Thanks so much! Kristin

  26. Maureen 06/25/2015 at 12:41 am #

    so they mention that you are limited to once every six months to get tickets, is that just for the person buying them or do they keep track of all in your party. I got tickets and my friend did as well, can I go with her to the taping?

    • Kristin Francis 06/25/2015 at 9:40 am #

      Maureen– I believe it’s everyone in your party (they check IDs and note names). But I am going again tomorrow so I’ll doublecheck! : )

      • Maureen Lawlor 06/26/2015 at 12:02 pm #

        Thanks Kristin….I just don’t want to go and get turned away..I so appreciate your finding out for me!!!
        Have fun at today’s show!!!

      • Kristin Francis 06/26/2015 at 8:02 pm #

        I must have bad luck– it was cancelled! Hopefully I’ll be able to make the reschedule.

      • Maureen Lawlor 06/27/2015 at 9:12 am #

        Jimmy hurt his hand…when did they reschedule for??

  27. Lori Dyer 08/07/2015 at 11:07 pm #

    I am so happy they changed the way of getting tickets for the taping of the show. I had tried to get them over the phone three months in a row and got really frustrated, as it was virtually impossible. Now thru it seems a little more civilized. You still need to really want to see the show… I created an account on, followed twitter, was logged in to my account and at the minute they were available I selected a date i wanted to attend and soon thereafter received an email stating that I was on a waiting list and will be notified two weeks before the show whether or not I got a ticket. I tried to sign up for another date but they denied my access – which I was happy to see.

    • Jill 08/17/2015 at 9:51 am #

      I am on a wait list for 9/3 and waiting to hear if we have tickets. 2 weeks before the show will be this coming Thursday and haven’t heard back yet. How quickly did you hear back?

      • Britt 08/19/2015 at 10:02 pm #

        Jill – I got wait list for 9/17. I would love to hear how it goes for you. Hope you hear you got tickets soon!

      • Jill 08/24/2015 at 8:44 am #

        Well, no word yet. Starting to think we may be out of luck this time. I haven’t totally given up hope yet! Will let you know!

  28. Allison 09/10/2015 at 9:19 am #

    Does anyone know what the chances of seeing Jimmy are once you are on the Waitlist? Any updates from you Jill?

    • Jill 09/13/2015 at 6:19 pm #

      We were on the wait list for August and didn’t get tickets. Bummer!! We don’t have set plans to go to NYC so are just going to continue to try. On the wait list again for October 9. Keep you posted!

      • tonya perry 09/23/2015 at 9:54 am #

        I’m waitlisted for October 12th. I’m hoping I get them, if not I’ll try again!

  29. Marion 09/11/2015 at 2:09 pm #

    Can I ask to be seated in the middle?

    If I get an aisle seat, is it allowed to switch with another audience member who wants it?

  30. Rhonda 10/06/2015 at 2:46 am #

    Has anyone ever heard back about their tickets more than 2 weeks before the show? I live in SD and am only going to NY to take my daughter to see Jimmy Fallon for her 18th b-day. If I don’t hear back before the 2 week mark, I don’t think I’ll be able to get decent air fare.

  31. Desiree 11/02/2015 at 11:52 am #

    Are there any months that there are no tapings? I’m looking at attempting to get tickets in January and want to make sure they will be taping then. Thanks!

  32. Beverly 11/17/2015 at 4:04 pm #

    Im waitlisted for December 3, 2015. Hoping to hear something soon. Does anyone know if you still get notified if you get tickets or do not get tickets? Wearing myself out checking my 1iota account. LOL!

    • Lesley 12/09/2015 at 1:12 am #

      Beverly- When were tickets released for December? Let me know, thanks!

  33. Anonymous 01/02/2016 at 4:08 pm #

    Kristin, do you know at exactly what time the tickets are released?

  34. Veronika Yefremenko 01/02/2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Kristin, do you know by any chance at what time the tickets are released?

  35. Elisa 10/03/2016 at 9:53 am #

    I’m from Germany and I really want to see the Show when I’m in America. Can you tell me how expensive the Tickets are? Can’t find that.
    Thank you!

    • Kristin Francis 11/09/2016 at 6:56 pm #

      Free if you can get them!

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