The National Comedy Center Groundbreaking Weekend

WHO:   Jerry Seinfeld, Regis Philbin, Melissa Rivers, Kelly Carlin, Family of Harold Ramis, Nick Offerman, Marshall Berle, Jerry Hamza, an Emmy Award winning panel from David Letterman’s Shows, Executive Director Journey Gunderson and Chairman Tom Benson

WHAT: Groundbreaking for the National Comedy Center – The National Comedy Center, in Jamestown, NY, is a new national attraction that will celebrate comedy: the craft and its greatest contributors.

The Groundbreaking Celebration took place from Thursday, July 30 – August 1, 2015

WHY: 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).

Already established as a focus for contemporary comedy, Jamestown has hosted comedians Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Lewis Black, Ellen Degeneres, Bill Engvall, Bob Newhart, Martin Short, Paula Poundstone, Billy Gardell, Kathleen Madigan, & more. The Groundbreaking took place on August 1, 2015.

The National Comedy Center (NCC) project in Jamestown, NY was recently awarded $1.5 million by New York State Empire State Development and Governor Andrew Cuomo, making it a partner of the I Love New York campaign.