Comedy ShopLewis Black to Host “Lewis Black Friday” Online Store Celebration 

Jamestown, NY – November 24, 2020 – The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official cultural institution and museum dedicated to the art of comedy, today launched a new national hub for comedy-themed products and gifts called The Comedy Shop ( The Comedy Shop, which exists both online and at its physical brick-and-mortar location in Jamestown, NY, celebrates the legacies of comedy’s most iconic brands with a broad array of gifts and exclusive products that will bring smiles and laughter to anyone who loves to laugh. All proceeds from sales at The Comedy Shop support the non-profit mission and operations of the National Comedy Center and its museums. 

The Comedy Shop offers a one-stop-shopping online venue for comedy fans worldwide, featuring products from TV and movie comedy favorites, including “I Love Lucy,” “Seinfeld,” “The Office,” “Friends,” “Golden Girls,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “The Three Stooges,” “Ghostbusters” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” plus items that celebrate legendary comedians including George Carlin, Lenny Bruce and Ernie Kovacs and many more.  

With a broad range of funny and entertaining apparel, home and office products, The Comedy Shop offers unique and affordable gifts that spark laughter for anyone on the holiday shopping list -- from young children to grandparents and everyone in between. 

As part of the kick-off celebration, comedian Lewis Black will be the virtual host for The Comedy Shop’s “Lewis Black Friday” – a four-day weekend online celebration starting Friday, November 27, featuring promotional offers storewide at The Comedy Shop, posted on its social media platforms.  

To celebrate the new online store launch, The Comedy Shop will be offering 25% off storewide on nearly all products, plus free domestic shipping on orders over $75 – today through Monday, November 30, 2020 – both online and in the gift shop in Jamestown. 

“In these challenging times, laughter truly is more important than ever,” stated National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. “We decided to launch The Comedy Shop to help bring joy and laughter to loved ones this holiday season, while giving people another way to support our non-profit cultural institution and its mission of presenting the vital story of comedy in America and preserving its heritage for future generations.” 

In addition to the new online store, the on-site gift shop within the National Comedy Center museum in Jamestown, NY is now The Comedy Shop – offering a broad range of comedy gifts and merchandise for visitors to the National Comedy Center and anyone within driving distance who wants to shop in person for unique and exclusive holiday gifts. Admission to the museum is not required for in-person shopping at The Comedy Shop in Jamestown, located in the historic grand concourse of the Erie Lackawanna Train Station building at 203 W. 2nd Street. 

The Comedy Shop offers its top ten comedy holiday gift recommendations for women, men, kids and more at  

Shop now at Comedy Shop gift cards are also available at All proceeds benefit the non-profit National Comedy Center. 

The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum Official Shop is also offering 25% off storewide on nearly all products, plus free domestic shipping on orders over $75 at and at the Lucy Desi Museum gift shops in Jamestown at 2 W. 3rd Street, now through Monday, November 30. 

To stay up-to-date on The Comedy Shop news and special offers, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram at @NtlComedyShop and sign up for our gift shop e-mail updates here. 


About the National Comedy Center 

The National Comedy Center is the United States’ official cultural institution and museum dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations, as formally designated by the U.S. Congress in 2019. Opened in August 2018 in Jamestown, New York, the museum complex offers an unprecedented visitor experience using state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization to create the first true 21st Century museum environment.

USA Today named the National Comedy Center the “Best New Museum in the Country” in 2020 while TIME magazine named it one of its “World’s Greatest Places,” ­– one of only “100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now” and one of only nine attractions to visit in the United States. Condé Nast Traveler called the National Comedy Center “One of the best museums in the country,” and People magazine named it one of “100 Reasons to Love America.” The National Comedy Center was also voted a “Best New Attraction” in the county, ranking #2 out of 20 new attractions by USA Today readers, and chosen as the #1 museum and #1 ticketed attraction. Comedy industry authority The Interrobang named the design team second on its list of “Innovators Who Changed Comedy” in 2018. Visitors from all 50 states and eighteen countries have given the Center a rare 5/5 raring on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.

Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown to become a destination for comedy, the non-profit National Comedy Center showcases comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that engage, inspire, educate and entertain.

Design for the National Comedy Center was led by the most prominent cultural and interactive design firms in the world, whose portfolios collectively include the award-winning 9/11 Memorial Museum, The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, SNL: The Experience, and more.

The National Comedy Center has been embraced by artists and industry, with archival material provided by many of the most revered names in comedy. Exhibition partners include Kelly Carlin and the George Carlin estate, George Shapiro and Jerry Seinfeld, the Andy Kaufman Memorial Trust, Dan Aykroyd, Alan and Robin Zweibel, Joan Dangerfield, The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation, Lily Tomlin and Jane Wagner, The Harold Ramis Family, The Garry Shandling Estate, George Schlatter, Bill Marx and the Harpo Marx Family, the Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams estate, Desilu Too, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, and many more.  

The National Comedy Center operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, which explores the lives, careers and legacy of the “First Couple of Comedy,” and the incredible impact they had on the world.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, produced and presented by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY, was last headlined by John Mulaney and Sebastian Maniscalco, and has showcased comedy’s greatest stars and rising young comedians, including Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, Trevor Noah, Lily Tomlin, Jay Leno, Amy Schumer, Brian Regan, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Jim Gaffigan, Paula Poundstone, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers and more than one hundred other comedic artists. 


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