This is hardly something to laugh at. The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, which we covered last August for its grand opening, has been named by TIME as one of their “World’s Greatest Places”. It is one of only 9 in the U.S. that got that distinction.
“We are proud that the National Comedy Center has been selected by TIME – in a worldwide context – as a destination to experience right now,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center Executive Director, in a statement. “We set out to build a cultural institution that would do justice to the incredible artists and bodies of work it celebrates, and this global distinction affirms that it does. This honor also validates what our guests tell us every day – that the National Comedy Center is a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone who loves to laugh. We look forward to welcoming visitors from around the world to Jamestown, New York, as we present the art form of comedy in our state-of-the-art museum.”
The National Comedy Center has partnered up with the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival every August to bring the best of comedy to Jamestown. This year, with names like John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco, and Lewis Black in tow, they were able to have their biggest turn out for the festival in its 28 year history. (Not to mention sold out seminars from the Smothers Brothers and Frank Oz pre-festival).
But what really allows the National Comedy Center, which was dedicated as the official institution dedicated to comedy, to stand out from other exhibits you might see is the interactive component. It is not your standard hall of fame or display of artifacts, though they have plenty of the latter. You are put right into the comedy, whether it’s having a “laugh off”, using props to see how that prop has been utilized in your favorite comedy, or putting yourself right in the middle of your favorite moment.
Additional information on the National Comedy Center can be found here.