[WATCH] Groundbreaking Weekend Highlights

Designed by renowned creative firm Jack Rouse Associates and backed by a public-private partnership including New York State Empire State Development, the National Comedy Center honors the craft and its legendary contributors with its interactive exhibit experience, celebrates the best of contemporary comedy with its programming, and cultivates the comedic arts with professional development and support for artists.

Pictured right – Journey Gunderson, Kelly Carlin, Melissa Rivers, Julian Ramis & Violet Ramis-Stiel (with newborn baby Harold)

Week of Comedy, July 31 – Aug 6

The National Comedy Center is presenting a week of comedy performances and dialogues during its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and partnering with world-renowned Chautauqua Institution on a week titled “Comedy and the Human Condition,” July 31 – August 6.

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National Comedy Center Completes Capital Funding Campaign

The National Comedy Center, the first national-scale non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy, has secured all funding for its capital budget with the closing of a Federal New Markets Tax Credit transaction that provided the Project with approximately $5 million of equity funding.

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2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The National Comedy Center​ has announced that Kevin James​, Robert Klein​ and more to be announced will join Jim Gaffigan​ in Jamestown, NY, at the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 3-6. Tickets will go on pre-sale to members on May 16th, and on sale to the public May 23rd at lucycomedyfest.com.

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David Steinberg

Comedian and director David Steinberg will be the featured guest August 1st as part of Chautauqua Institution’s week of programs on “Comedy and the Human Condition,” presented in partnership with the National Comedy Center

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Comedy & The Human Condition

In partnership with the historic Chautauqua Institution, we will be co-presenting a week of programming from July 29 – August 5 that engages both the mind and the funny bone.

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National Comedy Center and CNN Partner To Present Live Tour in Promotion of “The History of Comedy”

In partnership with CNN’s “The History of Comedy”, the National Comedy Center and CNN will be presenting a four-city live tour. The “Stand-Up Live!” national tour will feature some of today’s freshest and funniest stand-up comics and hit legendary comedy clubs in New York City, Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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Jim Gaffigan

The National Comedy Center has announced that stand-up comedian, Jim Gaffigan, will be delivering his unique brand of humor during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. His national tour will visit Jamestown, NY for a performance at the Northwest Arena on Thursday, August 3.

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National Comedy Center Awarded Additional $800k by New York State

The National Comedy Center has been awarded another $834,000 by New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo. The additional funding follows awards of $2.025 million in 2015 and $1.5 million in 2014, bringing the total amount awarded by New York State to approximately $4.3 million.

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Construction Underway

Construction is continuing at the future site of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY. Check back for updates on construction progress throughout the year.

Satire and Democracy

The National Comedy Center’s panel discussion, “Satire & Democracy: Empowering the Citizenry with Comedy,” aired as part of a special week of election programming on SiriusXM Comedy Greats on October 19, 2016.

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Record-Breaking Year for Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

National Comedy Center, Inc., the cultural institution developing the first national visitor experience dedicated entirely to the celebration of comedy, drew attendance from 41 states to Jamestown for its 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

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2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, presented by National Comedy Center, Inc., featured performances by Comedy Central’s “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, the king of the rant Lewis Black, and one of this country’s premier comedians, Brian Regan. Festival highlights also included a moderated discussion with the Farrelly Brothers and Kliph Nesteroff, the critically-acclaimed Story Pirates kids-comedy troupe, and Comedy Late Night.

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Archives of George Carlin

The National Comedy Center has acquired the archives of George Carlin. The acquisition was announced by the comedian’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, at a private event in New York hosted by the Comedy Center. The contents of the Carlin archive contain material saved by the comedian over his 50-plus-year career, and will be utilized in the Center’s forthcoming museum experience.

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Groundbreaking Weekend

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY will be the home of the first world-class visitor experience entirely dedicated to comedy; both the craft and its legendary contributors.

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David Letterman – Behind The Scenes

To celebrate the groundbreaking of the National Comedy Center, Regis Philbin moderated a panel of producers, writers and crew from David Letterman’s Late Show and Late Night titled “David Letterman – Behind The Scenes Of Late Night’s Longest Running Broadcaster.”

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New York State Awards Additional $2.025 Million

The National Comedy Center has been awarded another $2.025 million by New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo. The additional funds follow an award of $1.5 million from Empire State Development in 2014, and the groundbreaking of the National Comedy Center held in August in Jamestown, New York.

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