[WATCH] Groundbreaking Weekend Highlights
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.
Pictured right – Journey Gunderson, Kelly Carlin, Melissa Rivers, Julian Ramis & Violet Ramis-Stiel (with newborn baby Harold)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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.