H. Rept. 115-854 1 (2018-07-23)

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                   115TH CONGRESS                                      REPORT
                      2d Session    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES          115-854





                        NATIONAL COMEDY CENTER RECOGNITION ACT


                        JULY 23, 2018.-Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be printed


                     Mr. BISHOP of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources,
                                       submitted the following

                                          REPORT

                                          [To accompany H.R. 6077]
                            [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]
                     The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred the
                   bill (H.R. 6077) recognizing the National Comedy Center in James-
                   town, New York, having considered the same, report favorably
                   thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.
                                         PURPOSE OF THE BILL
                     The purpose of H.R. 6077 is to recognize the National Comedy
                   Center in Jamestown, New York.
                               BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION
                     The National Comedy Center in downtown Jamestown, New
                   York, is a nonprofit institution that tells the story of comedy in
                   America. Opening in August 2018, the Center is a live performance
                   space as well as an interactive museum. It is the first national-
                   scale, non-profit cultural institution with a visitor experience dedi-
                   cated to comedy. The museum is acquiring the personal archives of
                   prominent American comedians and will showcase more than 50
                   exhibits on the history of comedy from early vaudeville to today.1
                     Jamestown is the birthplace of comedienne Lucille Ball of the
                   critically acclaimed I Love Lucy television show. The National
                   Comedy Center hosts the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival each year.
                   The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown is also oper-
                   ated by the National Comedy Center.2
                     H.R. 6077 will officially designate the National Comedy Center
                   in Jamestown, New York, as the National Comedy Center. The
                   1 The Experience. National Comedy Center website. https://comedycenter.org/about/.
                   2 Homepage. Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum website. http://www.lucy-desi.com/.
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