Schumer, Tomlin, Aykroyd, Original SNL Cast Headline National Comedy Center Grand Opening

The National Comedy Center will open during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 1-5 in Jamestown with Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Saturday Night Live original season alumni, including Dan Aykroyd, and more than 50 festival events. Tickets will go on pre-sale to Members on April 27th, and on sale to the public May 4th. The new National Comedy Center membership program will begin April 17th.

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Opening August 1-5, 2018

The story of comedy and all of its art forms will open in Jamestown, NY this summer at the National Comedy Center. More than just a museum experience, visitors can expect to take a personalized and educational trip through the new 37,000 square foot facility.

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Archive of Pioneering Comedienne Rose Marie is Donated to the National Comedy Center

The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of an expansive archive chronicling the nine-decade career of pioneering comedienne Rose Marie, who passed away at the age of 94 in December 2017.

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Senator Schumer Announces Congressional Designation Push for the National Comedy Center

“Comedy is an art form, and it’s a part of our rich cultural history in America. I am proud to stand here today, as the Comedy Center takes shape, and begin my push to officially designate this the National Comedy Center of the United States.” – Senator Charles Schumer

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Plan Your Visit

The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy. Featuring more than 50 immersive and interactive exhibits, the Center celebrates comedy in all of its forms.

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National Comedy Center Acquires The Archive of Comedian Shelley Berman

The National Comedy Center is proud to announce the acquisition of the archive of ground-breaking comedian Shelley Berman, who passed away in September 2017 at the age of 92.

Pictured from left to right: Cheryl Hines, Larry David, Sarah Berman, David Steinberg and Journey Gunderson

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‘The 15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year’ – Architectural Digest

By Charu Suri (January 8, 2018)

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[GALLERY] National Comedy Center Recaps Its 2017 Week Of Comedy

From July 31 to August 6, the National Comedy Center presented a week of comedy performances during its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival along with a series of conversations titled “Comedy and the Human Condition” in partnership with the nearby, world-renowned Chautauqua Institution. Pictured from left to right: Jim Gaffigan, Ted Alexandro, Lewis Black, Alan Zweibel, W. Kamau Bell.

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’11 Innovators Who Changed Comedy in 2017′ – The Interrobang

By Interrobang Staff (December 22, 2017)

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‘Discover George Carlin’s Foolproof System for Organizing Ideas’ – TIME

By Lily Rothman, Senior Editor (September 29, 2017)

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‘Boosters of National Comedy Center Love Lucy, NMTCs’ – Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits

By Brad Stanhope, Senior Editor (September 2017)

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2017 Week of Comedy

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

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‘Jamestown wants to be the Cooperstown of Comedy. Seriously’ – Buffalo News

By Tim O’Shei (August 4, 2017)

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[WATCH] Lewis Black: Comedian, Author and Social Critic

Recorded at the Chautauqua Institution during ‘Comedy and the Human Condition,’ presented by the National Comedy Center

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‘National Comedy Center Coming to Jamestown NY: 10 Reasons to Start Paying Attention’ – The Interrobang

By Debra Kessler (August 11, 2017)

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‘W. Kamau Bell Urges Privileged Crowd to “Cape Up” at Lucille Ball Comedy Fest’ – The Interrobang

By Debra Kessler (August 4, 2017)

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‘Stuff I Saved’

During its 2017 Week of Comedy, the National Comedy Center presented a preview exhibit of the George Carlin archives it acquired in 2016, as it works toward opening the major visitor experience featuring more than 70 exhibits on comedy.

Governor Andrew Cuomo Visits

In August during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced New York will commit $500,000 toward promoting the National Comedy Center through the “I Love NY” campaign. This $500,000 is in addition to a total of $9 million invested by New York State.

Comedy & The Human Condition

In partnership with the historic Chautauqua Institution, the National Comedy Center co-presented a week of programming from July 29 – August 5 that engaged both the mind and the funny bone.

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Jim Gaffigan

Multi-platinum stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, delivered his unique brand of humor during the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. His national tour visited Jamestown, NY for a performance at the Northwest Arena

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David Steinberg

Comedian and director David Steinberg was a featured guest 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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2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Kevin James​, Robert Klein​ and more joined Jim Gaffigan​ in Jamestown, NY, at the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 3-6.

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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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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 presented a four-city live tour. The “Stand-Up Live!” national tour featured 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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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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Record-Breaking Year for 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

The 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which 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, drew attendance from 41 states to Jamestown, NY.

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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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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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The National Comedy Center celebrates comedy in all of its forms, educating and engendering in visitors an appreciation for the art form and its artists. Design of the immersive experience has been provided by some of the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the 9/11 Memorial Museum, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, the College Football Hall of Fame, SNL: The Experience, Universal Studios, and more.