The Daily Show is back and New Yorkers have the chance to be in the audience. The satirical news program had been filming without live spectators for the past two years, but that changed on Monday when the series returned to its original home in Hell’s Kitchen. The show will be taping at the same studio on 11th Avenue between 52nd and 51st streets. Deadline reports that tickets will be available online and through a lottery system for the first time since Jon Stewart’s departure.
The show focuses on politics, pop culture and entertainment and has a revolving cast of hosts, including Sarah Silverman, Wanda Sykes and Damon Wayans. It’s not your usual news program; it’s a political satire that makes fun of the absurdities and hypocrisy of political systems and public life.
It has been hosted by Trevor Noah since he took over for Jon Stewart in 2015. He is a native of South Africa and moved to the US in 2011. The show’s new format was launched after he took over, but it remains the same overall style of comedy. It is the most popular late-night talk show on Comedy Central.
The show tapes Monday through Thursday evenings at its studio in Hell’s Kitchen near Times Square. The tapings last for about 90 minutes, so you’ll need to arrive about a half hour before the show starts. There is a limited number of seats for the live audience, so you will need to request tickets online through the show’s ticket reservation website. The website updates ticket availability daily, so you might have a better shot at getting same-day or next-day tickets online than you would with a call to the show or waiting outside for standby tickets on the day of the taping.
If you’re lucky enough to get a ticket, bring your ID with you to the studio. The show producers are very strict about this and will not let you in if you’re not over 18 years old. You also need to bring a jacket, as the studio can be quite cold. The show producers will also check your bag for any prohibited items, so you should be careful what you pack in your bag.
Tickets for SNL are notoriously hard to get. It’s best to reserve your tickets at least a month in advance and to come early. There’s no guarantee that you will get a seat, but it’s worth the try. You can reserve up to two tickets through the email lottery, which is open from August 1st to August 31st. You can find the link for this at NBC’s website for SNL standby tickets.