This is no joke: The National Comedy Center in Jamestown was named one of TIME magazine’s “World’s Greatest Places” in the publication’s Sept. 2 cover story, out Thursday online and on newsstands today.
The National Comedy Center was selected as 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.
This annual TIME list — culled from editor and expert nominations from around the world — recognizes 100 destinations that are breaking new ground, leading industry trends and offering guests an experience that’s unlike any other.
As the TIME’s staff describes the list: “How does one measure the greatness of a place — in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary.”
“We are proud that the National Comedy Center has been selected by TIME – in a worldwide context – as a destination to experience right now,” said
Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center executive director, said the center is proud of the TIME distinction.
“We set out to build a cultural institution that would do justice to the incredible artists and bodies of work it celebrates, and this global distinction affirms that it does,” Gunderson says. “This honor also validates what our guests tell us every day — that the National Comedy Center is a one-of-a-kind experience for anyone who loves to laugh.”
TIME solicited nominations across a variety of categories, such as museums, parks, bars, restaurants, theme parks, cruises and hotels, from its editors and correspondents around the world as well as dozens of industry experts. Then the publication evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence.
The National Comedy Center was selected last month by People Magazine as one of the “100 Reasons to Love America.” Earlier this year, it was voted a “Best New Attraction” by USA Today readers, ranking No. 2 out of 20 new attractions and selected as the No. 1 museum and No. 1 ticketed attraction in the country.
This past March, Congress designated the center as the nation’s official cultural institution dedicated to presenting the vital story of comedy and preserving its heritage for future generations. Condé Nast Traveler called the center “one of the best museums in the country.” Visitors from all 50 states and nine countries have given the center a 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry.