The National Comedy Center is the first non-profit cultural institution and national-scale visitor experience dedicated to comedy. By supporting the National Comedy Center, you are making a generous commitment that demonstrates your belief in the importance of comedy as an art form.
You can help us celebrate and preserve the art form of comedy by becoming a member or making a one-time gift to the National Comedy Center’s Endowment Fund.
As the National Comedy Center continues to perform on its mission of being the first-of-its-kind national attraction based on the celebration of comedy, it will become the home to countless works of comedy that will live on through the Center in perpetuity. Comedians from all eras will be represented, celebrated and memorialized for their important contributions to comedy and our culture.
You can help us by supporting our endowment. The endowment addresses the operations, programming/technology and emerging capital needs of the National Comedy Center into the future. The endowment acts as a permanent source of income for the National Comedy Center as the gifts are entered into principle. It is the income earned by the investment of the principle that is use to support our mission. Your gift could literally help the National Comedy Center FOREVER!
Your support helps the National Comedy Center present exhibits and preserve one-of-a-kind archives that tell the story of comedy and it artists for generations to come.
Excitement and momentum are building as the National Comedy Center gets closer to the Summer 2018 grand opening. This is the first national-scale non-profit cultural institution and visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy. The experience will honor the craft and its legendary contributors with more than 50 interactive and ever-updating exhibits.
When you become a member of the National Comedy Center you will be helping to make Lucille Ball’s vision a reality – that her hometown of Jamestown, NY become THE destination for the celebration of the comedic arts. Your membership directly supports the National Comedy Center, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
The membership program offers various levels to meet the ability of all supporters and to provide exclusive benefits based on those levels. Join us today.
To celebrate the opening of its exhibit on Lenny Bruce, the National Comedy Center has formed a fundraising partnership with the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation.
The National Comedy Center exhibit will feature storytelling of Bruce’s legacy, highlighted by rare artifacts courtesy of Kitty Bruce and the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation. Items include Bruce’s iconic trench coat, which he began wearing as a matter of course owing to his being taken to jail directly from the stage; histypewriter; a hand-annotated manuscript for his book “How to Talk Dirty and Influence People”; a personal letter to his father (from jail); court transcripts; former New York State Governor George Pataki’s posthumous pardon letter and more.
The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, founded in 2008 by Bruce’s daughter, Kitty Bruce, combats alcohol/drug addiction with scholarships and education. Working closely with treatment programs, the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation oversees many aspects of addiction service, works with approved facilities designed to save lives, and provides scholarships for those who do not have the insurance or financial means for such treatment. Donations to the National Comedy Center Lenny Bruce Memorial Partnership will support both the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation in its rehabilitative endeavors and the National Comedy Center in its continued efforts to tell the story of Lenny Bruce’s legacy and impact as a pioneer of comedy and freedom of speech.
To directly support this exhibit and the partnership between the National Comedy Center and the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, contact National Comedy Center Director of Development, Rich Ryan, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (716) 484-0800, ext. 304.