1:50 P.M.: Reed To Sponsor National Comedy Center Bill In House Of Representatives

Tom Reed

A bill to officially designate the National Comedy Center in Jamestown the official center for comedy nationwide will be going through the U.S. House of Representatives.

On Monday, Congressman Tom Reed, R-Corning, announced that he will be taken up the official designation bill in the House, joining U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer’s bill in the U.S. Senate. Reed said he is confident the two bills will be passed before the official grand opening of the National Comedy Center Aug. 1. He said the official designation will show people across the world and nation that Jamestown, the hometown of Lucille Ball, is the place to celebrate comedy.

“It is significant and credible given its location (the birthplace of Lucy),” Reed said. “It recognizes that this is the place (to celebrate comedy) like Cooperstown (is the place to celebrate baseball) or Cleveland for rock and roll.”

Reed, who also toured the national attraction, said he looks forward to visiting the NCC over and over again once it is officially opened. He said it is great to have the NCC in his own backyard.

“It is only right to celebrate it,” he said.

A complete story will appear in Tuesday’s edition of The Post-Journal.