Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How to Get Free Tickets to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Recently, I had the opportunity to go to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and I got great seats for free. Here are the ins and outs of getting free tickets to a great live show. Getting free tickets is a process but it is worth it if you are a fan of the show.

1) Go to the Daily Show website and click on the link for Tickets. This is the site where they post their available tickets. If it says there are no tickets available at this time, check back at a later time. Also you can follow their twitter and they often tweet when they have tickets available.

If they do have tickets available sign up and you can reserve up to three tickets. They will send you and e-mail with instructions. The instructions ask you to confirm your reservation. Also, you will be notified that even though you have a reservation it does not mean you have a guaranteed ticket. They overbook their studio to make sure there is always an full audience.

2) On the day of your reservation, print out your email confirmation or make sure you can access it on your phone. Go to the studio on 11 avenue between 51st and 52nd street (There are signs it's hard to miss). The line grows quick and often people at the end do not get tickets. I arrived at 12:30 and the line was relatively short. So, get in line anytime between 12:30 and 1 pm for a guaranteed a spot (although the sooner the better for better seats). Bring something to do otherwise waiting in line will be boring. At 2:30 they distribute the tickets and you need to show the email confirmation. I was given a ticket with a number. Because I got there early, I was able to get a smaller number (smaller numbers are good in this instance). I was also holding a place for Allie and she was assigned a ticket with a number as well. However, she had to get to the studio before 4 pm in order to get the ticket. Otherwise they would have filled her empty spot at 4pm. For people who have their tickets you are instructed to return to the studio at 4:30.

3) You can find a restaurant to hang out in on 6th avenue while you wait for 4:30. Alli and I found a really cool burger place that makes all different kinds of burgers called Island Burgers and Shakes. It is on 9th avenue between 51st and 52nd street.

4) Return to the studio at 4:30 and get into your designated area. You are asked to get in line according to the number on the ticket. People with smaller numbers are let in first. They let you in and immediately as you enter there is a bathroom to her left. Make sure to go to the bathroom at this time because it is the last chance before sitting in the studio for 2 hours. They ask that you do not leave the studio once seated so not to disturb taping. It takes about half an hour to get everyone through security and seated.

5) Before the show starts they give you the opportunity to take pictures of the set. After that time, they ask you turn off and put away your cell phones if they catch you using your phone outside this time they will take your phone away and return it after the show. A warm-up comedian comes out and talks to the audience and instructs everyone to get really loud when the cameras are rolling.

6) After the warm-up comedian, Jon Stewart comes out and answers a few questions. Stick to non-complicated fun questions, because anything serious and he will answer in a joking manner. After the questions Jon gets behind the desk and they start taping immediately. I've heard sometimes they do retakes of segments but when I was there they shot the entire show once. After the show, Jon will thank  everyone for coming and then you are released. We were out by 6:30.

The whole process is pretty seamless and it is free. I hope this information is helpful and gives you an idea of how it all works.

Allie and I on the set of the Daily show.

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