How to get free tickets to 'The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon'

Follow these simple steps to request tickets to the late night talk show

The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus on 'The Tonight Show'
The Walking Dead's Norman Reedus on 'The Tonight Show'. Theo Wargo/NBC

It’s easy to request free tickets to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. The hard part is getting the tickets. But if you really want to be in Fallon’s live studio audience, it’s definitely worth the effort.

Better still, if you are a Fallon fan, there are ways to interact with the host and the show that go beyond getting tickets to an official taping, including tickets to the Monologue Rehearsal.

Plus, the show hosts two regular contests - Tickets at 12 Thursdays and Fallon Ticket Fridays. Both take place via social media, so make sure you follow the show on Twitter at @FallonTonight.

Ready to get your Tonight Show tickets? Let’s do it!

How to get tickets to The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon

  1. You can get free tickets one of two ways. Either request tickets online at The Tonight Show's official ticketing site, through 1iota, or try to get standby tickets the day of the show. Note that you need to sign up for an 1iota account to request tickets online.
  2. Tickets are released one month at a time. Follow @FallonTix on Twitter to see when the ticket reservation window opens for each month. That is the time you can request tickets for the next available month of shows.
  3. Once available - and if available (they go like hotcakes) - select the date you would like to see the show via the online calendar. If tickets are available you will be prompted to register for tickets. If not, you'll be informed that tickets are SOLD OUT.
  4. Fill out the online form and check the box to accept the show's terms and conditions.
  5. You can request up to four tickets, but there is limited seating.
  6. All guests must be 16 years or older and you have bring a photo ID with you with a birthdate on it. Children under 16 will not be admitted, even if they are with a parent.
  7. The person who reserves the tickets must be in attendance at the taping. Tickets will only be released to the person who placed the reservation. (So you can't send your parents or your in-laws without going, too.)
  8. If you feel lucky, you can try to go stand-by. A limited number of tickets are available each day the show tapes. Arrive before 9 a.m. and line up close to the plaza on 49th Street and across the street from The Today Show studio. Tickets are one per person and go on a first-come, first-served basis. Oh, and you can’t hold someone’s spot in line. Don’t even try it.

How to get Monologue Rehearsal tickets:

  1. Follow the same steps as you would to request Tonight Show tickets. Monologue rehearsal is a smaller audience that watches Fallon try-out monologue jokes and, sometimes, sketches. It is not a full taping of the show.
  2. Select Monologue Rehearsal tickets when prompted.
  3. When you apply, you’ll be placed on a waitlist. If you are selected to receive tickets, you will be notified by the show. This is usually two weeks prior to the monologue rehearsal.

Free Tonight Show ticket tips

  1. You must be 16 or over to attend. And you must bring government photo ID to be admitted with a birthdate.
  2. No one with cameras, luggage, backpacks or large shopping bags will be admitted to the show.
  3. Tickets are non-transferable and may not be sold or auctioned.
  4. Audiences are often overbooked. Admission is not guaranteed, even though you have a ticket.
  5. Dress code: "smart casual." In other words, clean up nice and wear your stylish jeans and Polo shirt.

Tickets at 12 Thursdays and Fallon Ticket Fridays

There are two other ways you can try to get VIP tickets to the show. Each week, the program hosts two contests: Tickets at 12 Thursdays and Fallon Ticket Fridays. Both are conducted via social media, so make sure to follow @FallonTonight.

  1. Tickets at 12. Around noon, The Tonight Show tweets the location of one of its interns. The first person to locate the intern gets two free VIP tickets.
  2. Fallon Ticket Friday. On most Fridays, the show will tweet the hashtag #FallonTicketFriday with a trivia question. Answer the question, including the hashtag, and you could win two VIP tickets to a show the following week.