Let me fill you in on some of the process. Here's a round about story:
We applied for tickets at the front door of the Ed Sullivan Theatre on a whelm. They hold something like a lottery to get the tickets. There are three dates to pick from. I think we picked all three. Just wanted to make our chances of getting tickets that much better. They tape shows in the afternoon and evenings. I can honestly say from the moment we applied I was hoping for a call from someone from the show. It can come anytime, even the day of the taping. Our call came the day before the show. They ask you to confirm a date, and then they ask you a trivia question about the show. I guess Dave wants to make sure his audience is packed with "real" fans.
The day of the taping, we took the train in because it would be the best way to get there and not get stuck in traffic. After picking up the tickets, we got a chance to go to Crumbs, a nearby bakery and have a couple of treats while waiting for the taping to begin. Why not get a little sugar in the blood.
It took what seemed like forever, but the taping finally began! We got "very cheerful" instructions from a CBS staff member to get "pumped", to laugh hard, and to clap often... and to turn off our cell phones, of course! After the pep talk, we finally entered the studio. The theater looks a lot bigger on TV than it actually is. When inside, even the people in the last row or upstairs must have felt pretty close to the stage. We were in the fourth or fifth row on the floor! I could have touched Dave I was so close.
All and all we had a lot of fun.