4 Tips On How To Easily Score Tickets To "The Tonight Show" From Someone Who Actually Did

4 Tips On How To Easily Score Tickets To "The Tonight Show" From Someone Who Actually Did

Love Fallon? This is how to easily get tickets to a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."
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"The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" is awesome. There really is something for everyone to enjoy in each show, whether that be the ultra-famous guests, political commentary, or Jimmy's comedic genius. It has always been a goal of mine to see the show, and I was going to do everything I could to see one when I finalized my vacation in NYC this March.

If you follow these tips, this is how you can get standby tickets to a taping.


1. The process of receiving tickets

Right outside of NBC studios in Rockefeller Plaza, the show's employees place a sign that states "'The Tonight Show' standby line begins here." on the sidewalk the night before the show. Then, assuming a line forms, the staff greet the line at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the taping and explain rules. Each person in line receives a ticket with whatever place in line they are.

My friend and I received place tickets for fourth and fifth. The staff then requests the line to meet back inside NBC studios at 3:30 p.m. to find out if the show has available standby room.

At 3:30 p.m., everyone lines up inside the gift shop at the studio. There were approximately 60 people lined up when I went. Next, studio employees line everyone up in order by place ticket they received that morning. This process takes about 20 minutes. They then reveal how many people are getting in. They told us the first 20 people had seats. Score! We were in.

After three security checkpoints and a surprisingly fast elevator, we were taken to a large waiting room and sat with other people who already had tickets.

The staff makes it clear that if you took any photos, you would be kicked out. After waiting in the room outside the studio for about 15 minutes, they shuffle all of the guests into the studio.

It was interesting to see how small it was, and how the stage was set up. The Roots' (band that plays on the show) area was on the right, in the center is where Jimmy does his monologue, and on the left is where Jimmy's desk is.

The show lasted no longer than an hour, and it was a blast. Jimmy is warm and friendly toward the audience and took a commercial break to come answer questions. He also gives high-fives to as many people as possible at the end of the show.

2. Choosing an ideal hotel location

My hotel was located in Times Square and was only a ten-minute walk from the studio. It was convenient because we didn't have to waste time finding transportation at 4:00 a.m. If you're visiting the city and plan on going through this process, try to book your hotel walking-distance away.

3. The recommended time to begin the waiting period

We made the mistake of going too early. We lined up at 5:00 a.m. and were fourth in line. After about 30 minutes, one other person came. And after two hours, less than ten people were lined up. Because this show allowed 20 people in, we still would have been able to see the show if we arrived two hours after we got there. I won't sugar coat it, the waiting time was brutal. But because we got to see Jimmy, it was worth it.

4. Things I would've done differently

Like I mentioned before, I would have arrived a few hours after we actually did. It's important to keep in mind that we did this when it was fairly cold out, which I'm sure discouraged many people from coming. It also was raining the entire time. I couldn't feel my toes by the end of it. We actually started out with four people in our party, but two of my friends ended up exiting the line. It was painfully cold. If I could do it all over again, I would bring an umbrella, wear different shoes, and layer up. This would have made the waiting much worse.

I would also call the studio before standing in line or drive by to make sure the sign is up outside. The next day, there wasn't a standby line and it would have been disappointing to walk all the way there at 5:00 a.m. to find no line.

Overall, it was a great experience and I urge everyone to give it a try if they visit NYC.


If you follow all these steps, you are in the right direction to seeing a taping of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." It was one of my favorite parts of my vacation in the city, and the waiting time really is worth it.

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19 Things To Do On Your 19th Birthday

You only turn 19 years old once, so spend the day doing these awesome things!
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Nineteen isn't a fantastic birthday. It is not your 18th birthday where you can start saying, "I'm legal," it's not your 16th birthday when you can have a Sweet 16 birthday party and it is not your 21st birthday where you can finally drink legally.

So here are 19 things that you can do to celebrate your 19th birthday and make the most of it.

1. Sleep in.

Unless you need to wake up early for something, don't set your alarm. Catch up on your sleep and relax for the morning. Enjoy waking up and not having a place to be.

2. Make yourself a nice breakfast.

You only turn 19 once, so make sure it is a good breakfast to start your day off right. Make yourself some eggs, toast, bacon and a nice cup of coffee.

3. Go get a manicure.

It is your birthday; make sure you treat yourself right! You deserve to be pampered on your birthday!

4. Go to the beach.

There is nothing better than getting some sun on your birthday! Enjoy the warm weather and the heat. Swim in the water and soak up some sun.

5. Go to an amusement park.

For those of you who like the thrill of roller coasters, an amusement park is the way to go. Ride roller coasters and eat some fried dough with your friends.

6. Have a party.

This is the most common way to celebrate your birthday. Invite friends to come over and make food. Spend your birthday surrounded by friends and family.

7. Have a bonfire.

This is what I love to do on my birthday. Surround yourself with your best friends, enjoy some s'mores and sit around the fire.

8. Go on a hike.

For the nature lovers, this is the ideal way to spend your birthday. Grab a friend and go to the Adirondack mountains and spend the day hiking.

9. Buy yourself something nice.

That pair of boots you've been staring at for the last two months or that Michael Kors wallet you've been dreaming of? It's your birthday! Go buy it. You deserve it.

10. Have a movie night.

Invite a couple friends over, make some popcorn and have movie theater candy on hand. Watch a couple movies and eat some snacks with your best friends.

11. Call up an old friend.

I'm sure that old friend has been thinking of you too, so why not give them a call? See if they want to go out and get lunch with you.

12. Buy some lottery tickets.

Who knows? Your birthday could end up being your lucky day. Maybe you'll lose all of your money, but maybe you could win some back too.

13. Go to a concert.

What is better than music on your birthday? Hopefully there will be some good music groups in town during your birthday.

14. Bake a cake.

If you love to bake, then make a birthday cake! Decorate it all specially and put your favorite colors and flavors of frosting on it.

15. Do something on your bucket list.

At one point or another, all of us have made a bucket list. Take it out and find something on your bucket list that you can cross off and complete!

16. Spend your day with family.

Enjoy your day surrounded by your family. They will know exactly what to do for the day and how to make sure your birthday is a good one.

17. Visit your favorite place.

Whether you love going to the zoo and seeing the animals, or there is a nearby city that you love going to, spend the day there.

18. Get a haircut.

It is a new year and a new you! Get a haircut!

19. Do something you love doing.

Whether you love reading or love to run, spend the day doing whatever it is you love. It is your birthday and you should spend the day doing what you love.

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