We’ve always touted The Late Show with David Letterman as one of the best spots in NYC (maybe the world) to see celebrities, but now we may start ranking The Daily Show with Jon Stewart as a close second.
Like The Late Show, celebrities arrive at The Daily Show about an hour before taping at a side door where fans can wait and (hopefully) take photos or get autographs from the stars. Plus, because the studio is a bit more isolated, there tends to be a smaller crowd than there usually is for Letterman.
One of our contributors, Denise, checked out the studio on June 29, when Tom Hanks was appearing on the show, and here’s what she found:
The Daily Show was a very good spot. The stage door is on 51st St, just west of 11th Ave. This was my first time going over there, so I can’t say it’s always like this, but considering Tom Hanks is a pretty big star, I’d say it’s a good indicator of what it’ll be like for most guests. I think the fact that it’s a more remote location than Letterman helped a lot. Since it’s way over on the west side there’s not a lot of traffic or people walking by. The crowd itself was relatively small too. The whole atmosphere seemed more relaxed compared to Letterman too. I was able to stand outside of the barricades and no one told me to move. Another good aspect is the fact that they tape later in the day (5:30/5:45 til 6:30/6:45) so people that work during the day have a chance to see something.
The Daily Show tapes Monday- Thursday. You can find a schedule of what guests will be appearing on the show each week at TheDailyShow.com.
Thanks to Denise for the info and photos!