JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WKBW) — The National Comedy Center is full of history, telling tales of famous and successful comedians. But they were missing one, very fuzzy one and now, he's here.
"It’s only appropriate that the Muppets resident stand up struggling comedian is now on display in our galleries," said Journey Gunderson, Executive Director at the National Comedy Center.
This new Fozzie Bear exhibit is open now. This is an original Fozzie Muppet comes to Jamestown on loan from the Jim Henson collection in Atlanta.
Someone very close to Fozzie is glad to see him in the spotlight.
"The man who developed Fozzie bear as a character on the Muppet show, Frank Oz, has visited the comedy center, loves it and said that it’s so wonderful that the comedy center is celebrating Fozzie in the context of comedy’s heritage," said Gunderson.
Fozzie bear started telling jokes back in 1976. This new exhibit is a way to introduce Fozzie to the younger crowd and bring nostalgia for those who grew up watching him.
All while supporting our local museum.
"Every visitor that passes by Fozzie stops and enjoys. WNY family magazine called us a must see destination for people with families with children and I love NY called us named us one of the top family friendly activities in all of New York state," said Gunderson.
It’s an opportunity to get out of the house, have a laugh and let an old friend “wocka wocka” your world.
"People come thinking they’ll spend a couple of hours and leave saying I should’ve planned to spend a couple days, there’s that much to see here," said Gunderson.
The National Comedy Center has a laugh safe program to make sure everyone can laugh and enjoy safely. You have to reserve tickets in advance, masks are required and all of the interactive exhibits are no-touch.
Reserve those tickets when you can, Fozzie Bear will only be here in WNY this year through the spring and summer.
To reserve tickets for the National Comedy, click here.