The National Comedy Center has set its opening dates to coincide with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on August 1st – 5th, 2018 in Jamestown, NY (Lucy’s hometown)! This will be the first national-scale, non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to comedy as an art form. This past week US Senator Charles Schumer made an announcement to push for a congressional designation for the Center, which would officially make it the nation’s cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy and recognizing it as the only institution with the mission of preserving, protecting, and showcasing the art of comedy and its role in culture. Watch this sneak preview of Schumer’s announcement and his tour inside the Center!
The center will feature more than 50 immersive, interactive exhibits telling the story of comedy from its origins through the present. By immersive, we mean personally tailored! Each visitor will receive a RFID chip fitted wristband to allow exhibits to respond to one’s personal comedic sensibilities throughout their visit. Examples of some exhibits, provided by WNY Papers, “George Carlin’s massive personal archives, which provide a glimpse into one of comedy’s most prolific minds; a hologram theater that presents performances of some of comedy’s most notable figures; and experiences that allow visitors to step into the shoes of comedic artists. Additionally, the National Comedy Center will feature rare artifacts from some of comedy’s most notable names and bodies of work.”
The center is expected to host over 100,000 annual visitors and bring in an $23 million annual stabilized economic impact on the region. While also finally achieving Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown becoming a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts.
Stay tuned for our coverage of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival comedian line up – we will be back to highlight all the NYC regulars and friends participating this year! We hope everyone is able to experience authentic stand up comedy and appreciate its vast history and development in american culture. So join us before the opening for a glimpse into comedy history in the making at one of the oldest comedy clubs in NYC!
For future shows please purchase tickets here or make a reservation today. If you want your own opportunity to make your way into the stand up comedy world, join us for our Open Mics every weekday, Monday – Friday at 5PM. Think you’ve already got a great set going? Then check out our Bring It show every Saturday at 6PM with more info on how to sign up here.