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The mission of the National Comedy Center is to provide education on the comedic arts in the form of commentary and contextualization of its bodies of work, telling the vital story of comedy in America across all eras and genres of the art form.

 

As a non-profit cultural institution, the museum celebrates comedy’s great minds and unique voices, while providing an examination of the time-honed creative processes that have elevated comedy to an art.

 

The National Comedy Center relies on the support of our generous donors and friends to help fulfill its mission. By supporting the National Comedy Center, you are making a generous commitment and demonstrating your belief in the importance of comedy as an art form.

 

Thank you!

Make a Gift to the National Comedy Center Endowment

By supporting the National Comedy Center’s endowment, you are making a generous commitment and showing the world that you believe in the importance of comedy as an art form.

The National Comedy Center is proud to be the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to the celebration of comedy and is committed to preserving its heritage for future generations. It is the home to exclusive collections, world-class exhibits and leading-edge interactive technology that engage, inspire, educate and entertain thousands of visitors who come each year from across the country and around the world. By the end of their personalized experience, our visitors have gained a profound appreciation for comedy icons and innovators, as well as for the tremendous influence of humor on how we think, laugh and live.

 

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 by serving as a permanent source of income as the gifts are entered into principle. It is the income earned by the investment of the principle that is used to support our mission.

 

Your support helps the National Comedy Center present exhibits and preserve one-of-a-kind archives that tell the story of comedy and its artists for generations to come. A gift today helps the National Comedy Center FOREVER!

 

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Become a Member

When you become a member of the National Comedy Center, or renew your membership, you will be helping to ensure that Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, NY – as THE destination for the celebration of the comedic arts – continues to thrive.
The membership program offers various levels to meet the ability of all supporters and to provides exclusive benefits based on those levels. Join us today.

All MEMBERS RECEIVE:

  • Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum
  • Pre-sale ticketing for Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
  • Member-Only special event during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
  • 15% discount on all gift shop purchases
  • Membership sticker
  • Membership card
  • Membership gift*

Membership Levels

In addition to the benefits listed above, each member level includes additional benefits that vary by level.

 

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
VIP Hospitality Access at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival***
VIP access during Comedy Center Events***
Complimentary event rental of Tropicana Room
Complimentary tickets to your choice of Lucille Ball Comedy Festival event

Comedy Legend

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : Up to 4 people
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 10
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
VIP Hospitality Access at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival***
VIP access during Comedy Center Events***
Complimentary event rental of Tropicana Room : 2 / Year
Complimentary tickets to your choice of Lucille Ball Comedy Festival event: 8

Headliner

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 1 or 2 people
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 6
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
VIP Hospitality Access at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival***
VIP access during Comedy Center Events***
Complimentary event rental of Tropicana Room : 1 / Year
Complimentary tickets to your choice of Lucille Ball Comedy Festival event: 2

Executive Producer

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 1 person
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 4
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
VIP Hospitality Access at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival***
VIP access during Comedy Center Events***
 
 

Producer

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 1 person
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 4
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
VIP Hospitality Access at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival***
 
 
 

Comedy Troupe

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : Family
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 2
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
 
 
 
 

Comedy Duo

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 2 people
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 4
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
 
 
 
 

Opener

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 1 person
Complimentary guest passes for National Comedy Center & Lucy Desi Museum : 2
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
 
 
 
 

Cast Member

Unlimited admission to National Comedy Center and Lucy Desi Museum : 1 person
 
Members-Only special events during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
 
 
 
 
* Membership gifts are subject to change.
** A family membership consists of 2 adults & 2 children under 18 living in the same household. Additional children under 18 can be added to a family membership for $25 each.
*** VIP access does not include access to headline performers.

National Comedy Center & Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation Partnership

To celebrate its exhibit on Lenny Bruce, the National Comedy Center has formed a fundraising partnership with the Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation. The exhibit features 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; his typewriter; 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 Foundation 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.

Thank You!

If you would like more information on other development initiatives, including our Founders’ Society, endowment gifts and naming opportunities, please contact Rich Ryan, Director of Development at rryan@comedycenter.org or 716.484.2222 ext. 304.

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