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National Comedy Center
National Comedy Center

National Comedy Center

203 W 2nd St, Jamestown, New York, 14701

The Basics

Visitors start by creating a humor profile, which is stored on an RFID wristband. Content is then tailored to their individual tastes, from slapstick to satire. You can take part in games or competitions, put yourself into an old comedy scene, or try your hand at skills such as comedy writing, creating a meme, cartooning, or even performing a live stand-up routine. More than 90% of the museum is interactive, but you can also see artifacts such as Charlie Chaplin’s cane and hand-written performance notes from George Carlin.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Jamestown

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Interesting Exhibits
a1ginzo, Aug 2021
National Comedy Center Admission
All the exhibits were quite interesting. We especially loved The Blue Room. Was very funny. My husband & I enjoyed ourselves.
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Go to laugh
ngrimm, Jul 2021
National Comedy Center Admission
Great interactive museum. Who doesn’t like to laugh? I’ve never walked around a museum smiling. Spent a few hours, left for lunch (limited options) then returned for more laughs.
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A Super Day!!
Christel, Nov 2020
National Comedy Center Admission
Loved it all, but especially the Lucy-Desi Museum. It brought back wonderful childhood memories as did many of the aspects of the main museum. The displays were very well done. Really liked the cartoon display as I never would have thought of it as comedy, but over the years cartoons have certainly brought me some good laughs.
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Full Day Needed
Rosemary M, Jun 2019
National Comedy Center Admission
You need a full day to truly appreciate the National Comedy Centre. We did not arrive until 3:00 pm and it closed at 5:00 pm. We would recommend doing the Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz Museum and the Lucille Ball Museum on one day and visiting the National Comedy Centre on a separate day. There’s not enough time in one day to do both!!!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The National Comedy Center is a must-visit for comedy fans.

  • Don’t forget your camera; there are lots of great selfie opportunities.

  • The Blue Room is restricted to visitors aged 18 and older.

  • The center is wheelchair-accessible and also provides devices and services to assist the vision- and hearing-impaired.

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How to Get There

The National Comedy Center is located in Jamestown, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) south of Buffalo. It can be reached via Interstate 90, I-86, or Route 60. Parking options include metered street parking, 2-hour free parking in the business zone, or paid parking lots and garages.

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When to Get There

The National Comedy Center is open daily, and late hours on Fridays and Saturdays make it a great night-out option. To get the most out of your experience, allot 2.5–3 hours here. Changing the humor profile on subsequent visits will result in a difference experience.

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Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum

One of the reasons the National Comedy Center is located in Jamestown is because it’s the hometown of comedy icon Lucille Ball, and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum is also located here. Devoted to everythingI Love Lucy, the museum features original costumes, props, portraits, photos, memorabilia, re-created sets (such as the Tropicana Room), awards, Lucy’s car, and more. Exhibits change on a regular basis.

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