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New York State Gives the National Comedy Center $500,000

They’re investing in the history of comedy.

What the National Comedy Center may look like once completed.
What the National Comedy Center may look like once completed. National Comedy Center/Fair Use

America’s forthcoming major comedy museum, the National Comedy Center, in Jamestown, New York has just gotten one step closer to their closer, after governor Mario Cuomo announced Thursday that the center would be receiving $500,000 in state funds.

Cuomo stopped by the project’s construction site during the city’s annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival to announce that the new money, according to NBC2.

The funds will go to realizing the center’s goal of becoming the premiere repository of the ever-growing history of comedy. Among the attractions planned for the site are displays of historic comedy memorabilia such as the joke notebooks of George Carlin, and holographic experience where guests can see historic stand up acts.

The center is scheduled to open in 2018.