The National Comedy Center
“This is the best thing that ever happened to comedy.” - George Schlatter, producer of "Laugh In." Photo from the National Comedy Center's website
Backstory and Context
The National Comedy Center also features the George Carlin Archives. Carlin’s daughter Kelly donated his papers and other memorabilia to the museum. The basement of the Comedy Center, the adults-only Blue Room, is adorned with Carlin’s “seven dirty words you can’t say on TV” in various languages. Other comedians who were also criticized for pushing boundaries, such as Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce, are also examined in the Blue Room.
National Comedy Center Announces Grand Opening. The National Comedy Center. April 02, 2018. Accessed May 03, 2019. https://comedycenter.org/national-comedy-center-announces-grand-opening/. Information and photo source.
National Comedy Center Holds Grand Opening Celebration in Lucille Ball’s Hometown of Jamestown, NY. The National Comedy Center. August 06, 2018. Accessed May 03, 2019. https://comedycenter.org/grand-opening-celebration-of-national-comedy-center/.
Glaser, Susan. National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, gets the last laugh with engaging, entertaining museum: Preview. Cleveland. July 27, 2018. Accessed May 03, 2019. https://www.cleveland.com/travel/2018/07/new_national_comedy_center_in.html.