https://www.showclix.com/event/TheLateShowwithStephenColb604314 recommends "you get in line no later than 15 minutes prior to 3:15pm". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_Show_with_David_Letterman says that that the show is "recorded Monday through Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The second Thursday episode usually aired on Friday of that week.

So is the 3:15pm suggestion for M-W or is it also valid for both Thursday filmings as well?

And even if 3:15pm is the latest you'll be allowed in line is it reasonable to get in line at 3:15pm and still get tickets or should you expect to be in line a lot earlier than that?

  • You realize that nobody is going to have experience of seeing a recording of Stephen Colbert's Late Show? – DJClayworth Sep 8 '15 at 13:23
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    It is my assumption that it'll be filmed at the same times as the Late Show with David Letterman. Like I don't imagine the procedure for getting a white house tour changes from president to president - it's the same regardless of the president and I imagine the same would be true of the Late Show, regardless of who the host is. – neubert Sep 8 '15 at 13:40
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not about travel. – Greg Hewgill Sep 8 '15 at 19:48

Well, if you don't like showclix you can go to the horse's mouth:

What Time Show I Arrive?

It is recommended that you are in line no later than 3PM. Your guests may join you in line up until 3:15PM. No one will be permitted to join the line after 3:15PM.

So yes arrive by 3pm.

  • If they do two showings on Thursdays - one at 3:30pm and one at 6pm - and you're supposed to show up at 3-3:15pm then how do they know which showing you're trying to watch? It just seems weird. On M-W you wait up to 1.25h but on Thursday you wait either 0.25h or 2.75h? – neubert Sep 8 '15 at 15:47
  • @neubert And why do you think they care which one you will get into? Since shows are overbooked as is there will always be someone to take your seat. :) – Karlson Sep 8 '15 at 15:52
  • @neubert They could simply do it in order of appearance... – Karlson Sep 8 '15 at 16:01

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