Jamestown NY August 1-2018 - Featuring more than 50 interactive exhibits, the grand opening of the National Comedy Center will mark the opening of the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy. The Center will celebrate comedy in all of its forms, educating and engaging visitors with the story of the art form and its artists.
But this isn’t your typical stuffy, glass-case, do-not-touch museum. Guests will be encouraged to engage with many of the exhibits, and with more than 37,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum will have something for every sense of humor. Each visitor will experience a highly personalized trip through the Center as the museum will digitally tailor itself to your personal comedic sensibilities. Can’t-miss exhibits include a hologram theater that presents performances of comedy’s most notable figures, George Carlin’s personal archives which give a glimpse into one of comedy's most prolific minds and even some experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of a stand-up comedian. The museum will also feature an adults-only “Blue Room,” which will explore the art form’s more mature subject matter and the history of taboo in our culture.
Can’t-miss exhibits include a hologram theater that presents performances of some of comedy’s most notable figures, George Carlin’s personal archives which provides a glimpse into one of comedy's most prolific minds, and even some experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of a stand-up comedian. The museum will also feature an adults-only “Blue Room,” which will explore the art form’s more mature subject matter and the history of taboo and censorship in our culture. Additionally, the National Comedy Center exhibit experience is annotated with artifact displays of props, costumes and screen-used items from television and film, putting a visitor in the presence of some of the most legendary comedy DNA dating back to vaudeville. Outside the museum, which re-purposes the structure of Jamestown’s original 1930 art-deco Gateway Train Station, a waterfront community green space is provided with Comedy Center Park.
The opening of the National Comedy Center embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown to become a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts – a vision already begun to be realized via the programming of the National Comedy Center’s dialogues, the renowned Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Past festival performers and National Comedy Center dialogue participants in Jamestown include Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Trevor Noah, W Kamau Bell, Jay Leno, Kelly Carlin, Brian Regan, Kevin James, Joan & Melissa Rivers, Robert Klein, David Steinberg, Paula Poundstone, Lisa Lampanelli, Peter Farrelly, Kathleen Madigan, Martin Short, Joy Behar, Kliph Nesteroff, Bill Engvall, Ray Romano, Ellen Degeneres, Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers, the creative team of David Letterman’s 33- year career, the families of Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and Harold Ramis, and more than 100 other comedic artists.
In production now in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York and inspired by her vision to establish it as a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts, the opening of the National Comedy Center in the form of a ribbon-cutting celebration is planned for August 1-4, 2018 coinciding with the organization’s annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.