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New York City knows a thing or two about late night comedy shows– just ask David Letterman, Jon Stewart or Lorne Michaels of Saturday Night Live. Conan O’Brien may be heading west to take over The Tonight Show, but New York is still the place to see tapings of your favorite late night shows.

On March 2nd Jimmy Fallon took over for Conan on Late Night. You can be one of the first to see the Saturday Night Live alum in his new gig behind the desk at 30 Rock, on the edge between Midtown West and Midtown East. The show’s set is getting a makeover too – including a double-decker stage for the new house band, The Roots!  Tickets are usually booked a month in advance, but standby tickets are also available the morning of the taping. Make sure to arrive before 9 a.m. if you want to nab a seat.

If you prefer to see one of the “Kings of Late Night” instead of the newbie Fallon, head over to the Ed Sullivan Theater for the Late Show with David Letterman. The theater may be notoriously cold (kept at a chilly 60 degrees), but seeing Dave and the Top 10 countdown is a hot ticket. Your best bet is to request tickets online months in advance, but some lucky fans do get tickets the day of. Visit the Late Show ticket website for more information.

Standby tickets go fast so make sure to set your alarm clock! New York Habitat has dozens of conveniently located vacation rentals in Midtown West to help you get to the ticket counter early, including:

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This modern Alcove Studio Vacation Rental in Midtown West – Chelsea (NY -11440), located just blocks from Times Square and the Ed Sullivan Theater. The apartment is in a full-service building with a 24-hour doorman and gym. Enjoy great views of northern Manhattan from the bedroom.

This vibrant 1-Bedroom Vacation Rental in Midtown West – Chelsea (NY-11191), located on the 19th floor of a 44-story luxury high-rise building. The apartment features sweeping, 180-degree views of the Manhattan skyline.

Have you ever been an audience member at one of the late night shows? Share your experience with us!

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10 Responses to “See Your Favorite Late Night Shows in New York City”

  1. Kristin Says:

    I love Conan O’Brien and I am so sad to see him leave New York City. The first time I came to New York when I was in high school and my family rented an apartment close to Midtown and I got to go and watch his show!!

  2. Jacob Says:

    I agree! It really sucks that Conan is leaving New York, but also don’t forget about The Colbert Report. Stephen Colbert is hilarious! I am going to list my apartment as a roommate/share with New York Habitat.

  3. Louisa Says:

    I love the Late Night Show of Jay Leno on NBC, I am so sad that Conan O’Brien is going to take over!! Anyway being in the audience of a Late Night Show in New York City must really be an experience.

  4. Trey Says:

    I thought Jimmy Fallon was hilarious on SNL and made a mistake by leaving. I don’t know how good he will be on Late Night, but it is still something new to do in New York.

  5. Ron Says:

    This vacation Rental (NY 11191)seems to be really cosy and fashion!! Every room has its own color, in a very specefic way. I am not sure about the deep red in the bedroom thought… But I guess New York City is all about crazy colors!

  6. Kent Says:

    Long live Conan O’Brien! New York City loves you!

  7. George Says:

    I think that Jimmy Fallon is going to bomb with his Late Night Show in New York City! I wanted to see Conan when I came there while renting an apartment close to Midtown.

  8. Jamesson Says:

    I simply perfer David Letterman. He’s the king of a late night in New York City, even in a sixty degree studio1

  9. Xena Says:

    I sure have! Last summer my cousin and I camped out all night to get free tickets to Saturday Night Live, and I have to say that our experience roaming the streets of New York City while on our mini vacation was actually more fun than getting to sit in the live studio audience.

  10. Marcus Says:

    I love Conan! I really think its cool that you can see your favorite Late Night shows live just by staying in NYC! Next time I come to visit I’m going to try and get tickets.

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