National Comedy Center, Jamestown

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The National Comedy Center is an American archive and 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.
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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  • By selecting your comedy likes before you enter, your experience is tailored to your comedy taste. Well planned center with many interactive exhibits. We had a blast. I highly recommend a few hours.....  more »
  • Was really surprised at the high tech presentations. This place is really neat. Hands on is all done with Covid in mind & great precautions in place. Highly recommend !  more »
  • Better than we expected. We started with the Lucy museums, which tell the stories of I Love Lucy and of Lucy and Desi. Then a short walk to the National Comedy Center, which was even better than we expected. The experience is tailored to visitors based on a questionnaire visitors fill out at kiosks before entering. Make sure you take the time to completely answer the questions. You can check into exhibits with your wrist band, and the experience is then tailored to your answers. A lot of laughs and some interesting information. Well worth the drive to Jamestown!
  • Unbelievable gem of a find. Came for Lucille ball museum which is fantastic on its own but they have tickets to this place and it is unbelievable. State of art tech to help you interact with the comedy. Decades of comedy history and you know that big money was donated by this genre. The blue room is a must. Don't skip it, at all. I'm very happy that we stumbled on this gem.

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