Celebrating The Craft of Comedy

The National Comedy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a world-class attraction based on the celebration of comedy – the craft and its contributors.

National Comedy Center - Jamestown, NY

Designed by renowned creative firm Jack Rouse Associates and interactive specialist Local Projects, 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.

The organization is the expansion of the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy, and fulfills its mission to enrich the world through the healing power of laughter with its commitment to the celebration of the comedic arts.

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Laughter in Lucy's Hometown

Lucille Ball – America’s beloved comedienne and a formidable business woman – envisioned her hometown of Jamestown, NY as a destination for a center showcasing the broadest range of comedy imaginable. Now leaders in the comedy industry and NYS Tourism are partnering with the nonprofit Lucy Desi Center for Comedy to place Jamestown on the worldwide stage, and see the National Comedy Center through to reality.

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival - Jamestown, NY

National Comedy Center, Inc., the first cultural institution dedicated entirely to the celebration of comedy, announces the lineup for the 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 4–7, in Jamestown, NY. Headlining this year’s festival is 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 include a moderated discussion with the Farrelly Brothers and Kliph Nesteroff, the critically-acclaimed Story Pirates kids-comedy troupe, and Comedy Late Night.

National Comedy Center Acquires the Archives of Comedian George Carlin

The National Comedy Center has acquired the archives of George Carlin. The acquisition was announced last night 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—scheduled to open in Jamestown, New York in 2017.

The National Comedy Center 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. The non-profit is being designed by world-renowned creative firms: Jack Rouse Associates, and interactive specialist Local Projects (9/11 Memorial Museum).

David Letterman – Behind The Scenes Of Late Night’s Longest Running Broadcaster.

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.”

Hightlights from Letterman Panel ›

National Comedy Center Awarded Additional $2.025 Million by New York State

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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