WASHINGTON – Congress has officially recognized the National Comedy Center for being the first and only museum of its kind dedicated to the exclusive purpose of celebrating comedy.
Congressman Tom Reed announced on Tuesday that the House of Representatives unanimously voted to officially designate the NCC, calling it a monumental day for the center, for Jamestown, our local economy and, most of all, for comedy.
Reed announced the bill in June after a visit to the center. It was designed to correspond with another bill in the Senate sponsored by Sen. Charles Schumer.
The congressional delegation of Reed, Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand helped connect the NCC with Federal New Market Tax Credit financing, which allowed for an increased flow of capital to the project by providing tax incentives to private investors.
The NCC will pen on Aug. 1, in conjunction with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For more information regarding the center or the upcoming festival and opening, visit ComedyCenter.org.
For more information on the NCC, tune in to WRFA this Thursday, July 26 at 5 p.m. when we talk with NCC Executive Director Journey Gunderson.