National Comedy Center officially opens in western New York

Published 08-01-2018

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JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - The National Comedy Center is officially open for laughs in the western New York city of Jamestown.

The $50 million cultural institution tells the story of comedy from its origins to the present with a mix of interactive exhibits, a hologram theater and comedy artifacts, including the late George Carlin's archives.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday helped cut the ribbon on the nonprofit center, which received more than $9 million in state funding.

Amy Schumer, Lewis Black and Dan Aykroyd are among comedians set to appear during this week's grand opening celebration.

The center was inspired by Jamestown native Lucille Ball. While the city has a museum dedicated to the late comedian's life and work, Ball made known her wishes to see all comedy celebrated as an art form.

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