JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center opens this Wednesday, Aug. 1 and all the last minute details are falling into place.
As part of the NCC opening, several special guests are expected to make their way to Jamestown this week, starting Monday with an appearance by U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, who will announce nearly $89 million in funding has been secured in the Senate Interior Appropriations bill for the Department of Interior’s Historic Preservation Fund. The funding supports historic preservation and economic development projects around the state, including the NCC, which is using Jamestown’s Gateway Train Station as one of its buildings. The train station renovation relied on a variety of funding sources, including the one being highlighted Monday by Gillibrand.
Meanwhile, NCC Executive Director Journey Gunderson recently told WRFA the NCC staff has been in “sprint mode” for the past several weeks, working to make sure everything is ready to go once the facility opens on the first day of the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
This year’s comedy festival will feature appearances and performances by Lilly Tomlin, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd, Lewis Black, and many, many more.
Some of those shows are sold out, while tickets remain for many others, including those that specifically focus on the legacy and comedy of Lucille Ball.
To learn more about the NCC and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival events, visit ComedyCenter.org.