Jamestown, NY (May 7, 2015): The National Comedy Center (NCC) announced today that it will partner with Hologram USA (HUSA) to build the world’s first Hologram Comedy Club at its $18 million new campus in Jamestown, NY breaking ground in August 2015, and scheduled to open in August 2016.
The NCC and HUSA will celebrate and forever preserve the classic routines of some of the world’s comedic legends by recreating their most iconic historical performances. The holograms will grace the stage throughout the day in a classic comedy club environment so that audiences can have a lifelike experience with these acts that no archival film clip can give.
“Of all the amazing things we’ve done with hologram technology, this is one of the most exciting ones,” said Alki David, CEO of Hologram USA. “As a permanent home for this advanced form of entertainment, the NCC couldn’t be better. And I can’t think of a better way to experience America’s comedy greats than in the live setting they thrived in at their peaks.”
The National Comedy Center will honor and celebrate comedy and its contributors across all time lines and media types with its world class interactive and personally-customized exhibit experience, celebrate the best of contemporary comedy with its year-round programming and provide support for new and up-and-coming artists through professional development and educational opportunities. The National Comedy Center is the embodiment of the vision that Lucille Ball had for her hometown of Jamestown, NY, which was that her legacy be celebrated in the form of living, breathing comedy. In addition to the Hologram Comedy Club, visitors to the NCC will be immersed in many other unique “only here” interactive and participatory experiences throughout its 35,000 feet of attraction space.
“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Hologram USA,” Tom Benson, Chairman of the NCC added. “The National Comedy Center will take guests on a high tech experiential journey that will at once be unique, educational and fun. The hologram comedy club will transport guests back in time as a part of this journey which will allow them to experience and enjoy classic performances as if they were seeing them live. This is a perfect example of what the National Comedy Center is all about.”
Holograms are the newest field in the entertainment industry and Hologram USA is the exclusive North American provider of the HD technology that creates the only truly lifelike experiences. It is the same tech that was used to create the famous Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella and the Jimmy Kimmel Country Music Awards appearance. Recent news of projects resurrecting Liberace, Buddy Holly, Ray Charles and more have stirred enormous interest and HUSA is working with Hollywood studios and leaders across the music industry to expand this market.
The NCC was recently awarded a $1.5 million grant by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who praised it as the first national comedy attraction and embraced it as a key component of the long term tourism strategy of New York and the I LOVE NY campaign. The NCC is a division of the National Comedy Center, Inc., a not for profit 501 (c)(3) organization that also owns and operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown and produces the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival every summer. It will be housed in a state of the art adaptive reuse of historic properties in Jamestown, including the recently renovated Gateway Train Station. The master plan and detailed designs for the components for the National Comedy Center were developed by the leading attraction design firm of Jack Rouse Associates in collaboration with the interactive consulting firm of Local Projects, Inc. who recently completed the 9/11 Museum Project in New York.
At the NCC’s Hologram Comedy Club, audiences will also have the opportunity to view living legends on stage—and even live performances beamed by Hologram USA’s ‘telepresence’ capabilities from a distant city.