The National Comedy Center is an American museum dedicated to comedy. The Museum and archive are located in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, New York, and documents the history of comedy and the artists, producers, writers, cartoonists, and other notable figures who have influenced its development in the US. It was designated as the United States' official cultural institution and museum dedicated to comedy by the United States Congress on February 26, 2019.Use our Jamestown itinerary planning tool to arrange your visit to National Comedy Center and other attractions in Jamestown.
At the museum, over 50 immersive experiences take visitors on a journey through comedy history, from early vaudeville acts to the latest viral memes. That journey varies for each visitor, according to a ‘humor profile’ created on entry and stored on an RFID wristband called a ‘Laugh Band’. Content is then presented according to individual tastes, from broad slapstick to edgy satire. Along with educational games and competitions, guests can also step into the shoes of comedy pros – creating their own comedic content with interactive activities like performing stand-up, recreating iconic funny faces, and creating their own comic strip.
The Center opened in August 2018. The National Comedy Center began as the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Museum, which is now located a few blocks away.
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A lot of museums try to incorporate technology into their exhibits but it ends up being inconvenient or not maintained well. I was really impressed with the excellent way technology was used in the...
A lot of museums try to incorporate technology into their exhibits but it ends up being inconvenient or not maintained well. I was really impressed with the excellent way technology was used in the... more »
I was more interested in the Luci Desi Museum but I am sooo glad that we spent time at the NCC. Very interactive, lots of fun, laughter and education. Highly recommend!
I was more interested in the Luci Desi Museum but I am sooo glad that we spent time at the NCC. Very interactive, lots of fun, laughter and education. Highly recommend! more »
This was an incredible experience. Very fun and interactive. A lot better than I expected. We spent the whole afternoon there and time went way too fast. Get there early so you have time to do everything. You get to set up a profile and they email you everything you did. Amazing place!
I loved everything about the Comedy Center!! I highly recommend to anyone who is a fan of not only stand up Comedy (I am!), but also, comedy in tv, movies..all of it! Even if you aren't, I still recommend a visit. The history and all the interactive exhibits, and the donated items from show sets & characters were amazing to see! My personal highlight was the Smothers Brothers suits & instruments...I have always been a huge fan. My husband was in awe of the Larry Sanders Show set...his personal favorite. Everything was so thoughtfully curated & I thoroughly enjoyed all of it!!
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