National Comedy Center Named One of the World’s Great Places

The National Comedy Center in Jamestown New York is barely a year old and it just keeps on stacking up accolades like crazy.

The latest honor comes from Time Magazine, which has included the Center in its list of the World’s Greatest Places.

Time’s list compiles 100 new and noteworthy places in the world it deemed essential to visit right now in 2019. To compile the annual listing Time solicited nominations from all types of institutions and influencers and evaluated all the nominees on quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence. Only nine attractions in the United States made the cut this year and the National Comedy Center was one of them.

“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. “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 raves for the comedy center continue to stack up. Comedians who visited the center recently for the first time and shared enthusiastic reviews include John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco, Lisa Lampanelli, Brian Regan, Dan Perlman, Jibran Saleem, the Smothers Brothers and Wayne Federman. They join a long list of those who raved about the center, often after admitting to doubting that a great comedy museum was even possible. They join the list of visitors who fell in love with Jamestown last year- people like Lewis Black, Kelly Carlin, Ron Bennington, Alan Zweibel, David Steinberg, George Shapiro, W. Kamau Bell, Paul Provenza,

The National Comedy Center was selected last month by People Magazine as one of the “100 Reasons to Love America.” Earlier this year, it was voted a “Best New Attraction” by USA Today readers, ranking #2 out of 20 new attractions and selected as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction in the country. This past March, the U.S. Congress designated the National Comedy Center as the United States’ official cultural institution dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Condé Nast Traveler called the Comedy Center “One of the best museums in the country.” Visitors from all 50 states and nine countries have given the Center a rare 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.

The center is a living space, that brings comedy to life in ways beyond the walls of the museum– just in the last month alone, the center offered programming to area residents that rivals events of any festival in the world. Like “Managing Genius: 43 Years With Robin Williams” a panel with Williams longtime friend and manager David Steinberg and Williams’ friend, comedian Lewis Black and moderator Ron Bennington. Sebastian Maniscalco and John Mulaney both headlined the 28th annual Lucyfest which was a smash success.Programming also included two panels discussing the genius of Ernie Kovacs on his 100th anniversary, a discussion about comedy and the first amendment centered on Carlin’s infamous Seven Dirty Words, two outstanding events with the legendary Smothers Brothers, plus conversations with Frank Oz, Maria Bamford, and more.

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