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National Comedy Center

The National Comedy Center in Western New York is on Time Magazine's annual list of must-see destinations.

National Comedy Center

Based on advance ticket sales, visitors from 45 different states will make their way to Jamestown this week for  the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, the numbers add to the Center's reputation as a driver of economic development. The festival, which begins today, features a number of events and several nationally-known comedians, including John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black.  


National Comedy Center

On his 97th birthday, legendary producer, director and writer Carl Reiner announced an initiative to digitally preserve his extensive personal collection of production-used scripts from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” - one of the most iconic, innovative and beloved comedy series in television history. Preserving those works will be the task of Jamestown's National Comedy Center, where the 7,500 pages of scripts for all 158 episodes will eventually call home.

National Comedy Center

The National Comedy Center will give the public its first glimpse of creative papers and artifacts that belonged to the late comedian Ernie Kovacs.

National Comedy Center

Western New Yorkers who have a little down time before the new year begins, may want to help out a local landmark with just a click of their mouse.

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Check photos from the National Comedy Center's opening on Wednesday in Jamestown.

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The National Comedy Center opened Wednesday in Jamestown with big fanfare and lots of laughs.


The National Comedy Center holds its opening celebration in Jamestown, New York, Wednesday through Aug. 5. Once called the “furniture capital of the world,” Jamestown is the hometown of comedian and actress Lucille Ball.

Board member and comedian Lewis Black (@TheLewisBlack) has been in the museum, and joins Here & Now‘s Robin Young for a preview.

National Comedy Center

After years of development and millions in investment, the National Comedy Center officially opened today in Jamestown. While comedy stars like Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd and Lewis Black will bring luster to the weekend-long opening, Executive Director Journey Gunderson is confident the Comedy Center will live up to expectations. She says pre-opening testing indicates the center's experience will encourage repeat visits and boost tourism in the Southern Tier.


Steve Neilans / National Comedy Center

Jamestown’s National Comedy Center, which opens this August, will feature some cutting edge technology for museum goers. Visitors will wear a wristband with an RFID chip throughout their stay that will help complete a sense of humor profile.

National Comedy Center

Architectural Digest is out with its list of the "15 Most Noteworthy Museums Opening This Year" and the National Comedy Center in Jamestown is right there among much bigger names like Toronto and Scotland.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A well-seasoned comedian, actor and commentator was in the building when Governor Cuomo announced additional state support for the National Comedy Center's future home Thursday. Lewis Black, who has stopped in Jamestown many times throughout his career, sees the potential of the center and he, too, has noticed the city's development.


Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and several other elected and government leaders drew some laughs, but also some praise as they announced another state investment in the National Comedy Center, which is currently undergoing construction in downtown Jamestown.


National Comedy Center

As Jamestown officials intensify efforts to market the Southern Tier city as a hub for humor, the National Comedy Center has announced its headliner for the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

New York State Governor's Office

Western New York is getting $62 million for approved projects in the latest round of state spending from the regional economic development councils. The projects benefiting range from rebuilding a section of Niagara Street to a culinary arts training program in Cattaraugus County.

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He grew up in Apartheid-era South Africa as the child of mixed-race parents. He later became best known as the comedian who replaced longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is performing in Jamestown Friday evening as part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.


Kelly Carlin

Comedian, actor, social critic, author...and now Jamestown resident. The personal archives of George Carlin will have a permanent new home at the National Comedy Center.

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An entertainer known as "Jerry Seinfeld's favorite comedian" and two stars known for picking on politicians are among the acts booked to appear at this summer's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.