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George Carlin archives headed to Jamestown National Comedy Center

Handwritten journals, annotated set lists and personal scrapbooks will be among archived materials of comedy legend George Carlin coming to Jamestown’s National Comedy Center.

The center, scheduled to open next year, acquired the comedian’s archives, it was announced Tuesday night in a private event in New York City, the center said in a news release.

Among the items that eventually will be on display are a set list for the comedian’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1971 and notes for a November 1990 appearance on Late Night with David Letterman.


The archive also includes Carlin’s arrest report and article from 1972 in Milwaukee after his performance of “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television.”

Hours of video and audio, some of it previously unreleased, as well as clothing, letters and awards are among the materials that will be housed at the Jamestown facility.

Carlin’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, announced the donation.

“There comes a time in one’s life when it’s time to let go of our parent’s stuff. For me this has been a literal process. Through the writing of my memoir and touring my solo show, I’ve gotten to be with my father in many ways, and let go of, honor and transform our past together,” Carlin said in a written statement. “I am truly excited that there will be a place for my dad’s stuff – permanently. The folks at the National Comedy Center are thoughtful, respectful and excited about the art of comedy. I can think of no other place for my dad’s legacy to be permanently honored, archived and preserved for future generations.”

George Carlin's set list from an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (Jamestown National Comedy Center)

George Carlin's set list from an appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show (Jamestown National Comedy Center)

“George Carlin helped redefine the art form of stand-up comedy and we are honored to help steward his legacy in this way. With this incredible archive we can provide a window into his creative process for generations to come,” said Journey Gunderson, the center’s executive director, in a statement.

The center broke ground on a $50 million facility last August.




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