Free TV Tickets For The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Summary

  • Show Status: Active
  • The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is 75 -120 minutes long
  • 5 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened September 8, 2015
  • Show Closes: Open ended
  • News/Political Satire
  • TV Broadcast

Stephen Colbert now hosts The Late Show, a late night talk show filled with celebrity interviews, skits, games, and Colbert’s opening monologue.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Ticket Information

You can order test show and regular season tickets to Late Show with Stephen Colbert in advance of the show.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Show Schedule

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert is taped Mondays through Thursdays at 4:30 PM and Fridays at 6:00 PM. This show tapes all-year-round and goes on an occasional week-long hiatus or brings in a guest host.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Broadcast Time

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS is pitted up against NBC's Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon which are both in the same weeknight time slot of 11:35PM EST. The Late Show is transmitted on CBS and across the United States. The show is rebroadcast internationally on various networks

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Age Requirements

You must be at least 18 years old to attend The Late Show with Stephen Colbert taping and present a government issued ID. Under 16 years are allowed with parent or legal guardian.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Host Profile

Stephen Colbert is a comedian and former host of The Colbert Report. Colbert is most known for the character he played on the show, an eccentric political know-it-all.

On The Late Show, Colbert threw away his conservative persona artfully used on the The Colbert Report and brings his own personality to late night television on CBS.

Colbert's Appendicitis Forces Show Into Hiatus In December 2023

Stephen Colbert was close to death in Late November/ early December 2023 when he suddenly became ill with a ruptured appendix. Colbert had to cancel all his shows due to a nature of the illness and resulting operation and hospitalization.

Colbert's appendicitis progressed quickly over a matter of a day and then it perforated, leaving him at deaths door on the evening of November 27th, 2023 following dinner with friends at the swanky NYC restaurant Le Bernardin, where staff love to pamper overpaid NYC celebrities.

Colbert Admitted Into NYU Medical Center

After being admitted into NYU medical Center on November 28th, 2023 doctors were able to turn him around with an emergency appendectomy, as they often give celebrities better treatment and he had no problem in getting in. After 3 weeks off from the show to recuperate, Colbert returned to the show on December 11th, 2023

Guests Sidelined During His Medical Departure

While The Late Show was canceled, Colbert wasn’t able to talk to scheduled guests including Jennifer Garner, Baz Luhrmann, Patrick Stewart, Jon Batiste and Kelsey Grammer, nor air the Barbra Streisand piece that had been previously shot.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Background

Late Show Mantle Passes From Letterman To Colbert

After 22 years of hosting The Late Show, David Letterman has handed over not only the reins to his late night talk show, but also the front door keys to the historic Ed Sullivan Theatre to Stephen Colbert, formerly of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central.

Letterman's Late Night Wars

Letterman had hosted The Late Show since 1993 following the late night wars with Jay Leno, where he nabbed NBC's The Tonight Show from Letterman, against Johnny Carson's wishes, who had promoted Letterman as the perfect shoe-in for his show. Letterman, not satisfied with getting a second place show directly after Jay, famously headed over to CBS to get his own show to go up directly against Jay in the late night war ratings of 1993.

Colbert Brings His Emmy's

Colbert, no stranger to late night television, has earned 6 Emmy's for his witty, no holds barred, and no apologies given format on The Colbert Report. That show had its beginnings as a news segment on Comedy Central's, The Daily Show with John Stewart and managed to garner enough audience to stand on its own two feet as a separate TV show.

Colbert Report And John Stewart's Stable

The Colbert Report aired on Comedy Central for 11 seasons and owes a great deal to Jon Stewart, who was its material and financial benefactor. Fans of the old Late Show with David Letterman still get to experience the show in the historic Ed Sullivan theatre on Broadway. The new show, with Stephen Colbert, has the requisite opening monologue and the rundown of the day's events. This continues into funny interviews with popular celebrities of the day and the occasional band or musical guest.

Colbert Attempts To Make The Show His Own

Where Letterman had his top ten lists, Colbert has his own spin, after all he was credited with creating the brand new word, "Truthiness", that has since been added to the American Lexicon. Colbert's last show on Comedy Central was Dec. 2014, so there was lots of time to create a new Late Show format and stage that is uniquely his - but the theater is still awfully cold - due to CBS's refusal to upgrade to modern LED lighting.

Colbert's Late Show Faces Stiff Late Night Competition

Colbert directly competes with The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which started out very strong, on a competing network and has a much warmer theater. Colbert has loaded his new show with a great sidekick and a new warm up comedian that makes the overall experience special. The new show is a mind-meld of Colbert's old Colbert Report and Letterman's Late Show.

Morgan Freeman joins Stephen Colbert on The Late Show
Morgan Freeman joins Stephen Colbert on The Late Show

Colbert is an accomplished comedian, author and political satirist, and even had a run for president (through his late night show). Although his old show had a political theme (he played an ultra-conservative republican) he conducted many hilarious interviews with not only famous politicians of our time Obama, Clinton(s), etc. but also met with pop figures like James Franco and the Muppets.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, focuses less on the politics and more on the Hollywood celebrities. Having interviewed everyone from Neil Young to Neil Degrasse-Tyson, Colbert knows what questions to ask and when to ask them - stepping up to a new quality of interviewer in late night television, not-at-all at odds with any existing late night TV shows that have primarily headed towards a more fun. light hearted, SNL style of late night entertainment.

The Late Show's bandleader is jazz musician, Jon Batiste.

Ed Sullivan Theater

1697 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
Directions: Take the MTA 1 Train to 50th Street and walk up Broadway towards W 54th Street. The studio is located between 53rd and 54th Street.
Studio Information

Cast Members

Stephen Colbert


Executive Producer:

Lorne Michaels

Supervising Producer:

Hillary Hunn

Senior Talent Executive:

Haleigh Raff


Mike Shoemaker

Eric Leiderman

Line Producer:

Jen Sochko

Production Credits

Head Writer
Alex Baze
Musical Director
Fred Armisen
Distributed By
NBC Universal Television

Creative Team

Adam Sorota
Script Supervisor
Christine Arbulu
Costume Designer
Eric Waggett