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Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin to grace National Comedy Center opening

A star-studded lineup has been released for the unveiling of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd and alumni from the original season of "Saturday Night Live" are slated to perform Aug. 1-5 at venues near the comedy center, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown.

Tickets will be available for members of the National Comedy Center at noon April 27, while general admission tickets go on sale at noon May 4. The membership program kicks off April 17 and may be purchased by calling 484-0800 or visiting the festival box office located at 2 W. Third St., Jamestown.

According to a press release, the National Comedy Center is described this way: "Featuring more than 50 immersive and interactive exhibits designed by the leading museum design firms in the world, the 37,000 square foot National Comedy Center visitor experience tells the story of comedy from its origins through the present and is the first nonprofit cultural institution and national-scale attraction dedicated to the art of comedy."

The center is the first national-scale visitor experience dedicated to the art of comedy, the National Comedy Center website notes.

Here's the breakdown of the schedule's highlights:

Aug. 1: Official opening of the National Comedy Center.

Aug. 2: Dan Aykroyd (one of "The Blues Brothers" originals), Laraine Newman, Garrett Morris and original writer Alan Zweibel will participate in an open discussion about the first season of "SNL," in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Aug. 3: Amy Schumer will perform in Northwest Arena, while Fran Drescher, star of "The Nanny," will talk about the influence of Lucille Ball on her career.

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Aug. 4: Lily Tomlin will perform in the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

Also included in the festivities throughout the week are five comedy showcases, block parties, tribute events to Ball and Desi Arnaz, as well as kids shows.

Read more about the groundwork of the National Comedy Center, from George Carlin's gifts to Aykroyd's influence, in Tim O'Shei's May 2016 feature.

Gift of George Carlin’s archives gives major boost to Jamestown comedy center

[Related: Jeff Simon's column on breakout female comedians]

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