“X Factor” U.K. boy band One Direction will make the group’s first appearance on CBS’s “Late Show With David Letterman” by doing a performance and interview on December 7, 2012. The show made the announcement on November 29, 2012. The show’s episodes are prerecorded at the Ed Sullivan Theatre in New York City on weekday afternoons and then televised later that night at 11:35 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time.
Here’s how to get free tickets to the show. (Keep in mind that there will be a high demand for tickets.)
There are two options, according to “Late Show With David Letterman’s” official website:
1. Submit a ticket request online at http://www.cbs.com/shows/late_show/tickets/request/
2.Submit a ticket request in person at the Ed Sullivan Theatre, 1697 Broadway (between West 53rd and West 54th Streets) in New York City (Manhattan).
Ticket requests can be made in person during these days and hours:
Monday through Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Please do not line up prior to 9:00 a.m. Anyone violating this policy will not be eligible to receive tickets.
Please note the following:
1.) Tickets will be awarded randomly to those submitting audience ticket requests in person. We will notify those chosen via phone.
2.) Due to the large volume of requests, each individual may apply for tickets no more than once in any six month period. Individuals who have attended the show are not eligible to attend for another six months from the date of attendance.
3.) Individuals may submit requests for tickets from up to one month in advance of the taping date up to and including (subject to availability) the day of the show. Selecting more dates to attend the show will increase your chances of receiving tickets.
4.) Tickets are non-transferable and may only be requested by the person that will attend the show. When meeting with a staff member in person, you will be asked to name the person you wish to bring with you to the show. If ticketed, we will ONLY be able to admit you and that specific person previously identified as your guest.
5.) Government-issued picture I.D. with a birth date and mailing address are required for both the in-person application and check-in at the show.
Due to the large volume of requests, each individual may only apply for tickets no more than once in any six month period. Individuals who have attended the show are not eligible to attend for another six months from the date of attendance.
The minimum age to attend the show is 18 years old.
Because your safety is of paramount importance to us, we have implemented a variety of security measures at the theater. To expedite your check in, please do not bring bags or packages with you. Government issued photo ID will be required for admission. We appreciate your cooperation.
Please note that we receive many more requests for tickets than we are able to fulfill, and that we therefore cannot guarantee availability. We reserve the right to deny admission at any time. Shows may cancel and schedules and/or audience requirements may alter at any time. We require all audience members to follow our rules and regulations as a condition of attending the show. Without limiting the foregoing, we do not allow cell phones, pagers, cameras, sound recorders or other recording devices in the theater.
The box office will be closed when the LATE SHOW is on hiatus.
What the website doesn’t mention is that a very limited number of standby tickets are available on the day of the show by calling 212-247-6497 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time. The same rules apply about 18 being the minimum age to get tickets and a government-issued photo ID being required.
December 7, 2012 will be a very busy day in New York City for One Direction. In addition to the appearance on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” One Direction is also scheduled to do a performance and interview on SiriusXM’s Hits 1 Channel and a performance at the all-star Z100 Jingle Ball at Madison Square Garden. The Z100 Jingle Ball concert is already sold-out.
This SiriusXM event is a private, invitation-only acoustic show that SiriusXM’s Hits 1 channel will prerecord and then premiere on December 25, 2012 at 12 p.m. Eastern Time. SiriusXM listeners have the opportunity to win tickets to the event by going to www.siriusxm.com/hits1 from November 26 at 5 p.m. Eastern Time until November 29, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Song requests and questions can be tweeted to @SiriusXMHits1 with this hashtag: #SMXHITS1D