Groundbreaking for National Comedy Center - WGRZ-TV

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11:28 p.m. EDT August 1, 2015

STUDIO CITY, CA - JULY 26: Actress Melissa Rivers onstage at the The Comedy Central Roast Of Joan Rivers held at CBS Studios on July 26, 2009 in Studio City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (AP) - Some legendary comedy names - Rivers, Carlin and Berle - were on hand to break ground for the National Comedy Center coming soon to Jamestown.

Melissa Rivers and Kelly Carlin, the daughters of Joan Rivers and George Carlin, along with Milton Berle's nephew, Marshall Berle, and Harold Ramis's son, Julian, were among those celebrating Saturday's start of construction.

The groundbreaking coincides with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in the late comedienne's hometown.

Plans for the National Comedy Center include a hologram comedy club that will put visitors in the audience for classic routines of comedic legends.

Also on the drawing board is a comedy "boot camp" offering how-to instruction on joke delivery.

Plans include new construction and reuse of two historic facilities, including the Jamestown Gateway train station.

The new building will be the main entrance to the comedy center, featuring two large video screens.

The National Comedy Center is expected to attract over 100,000 visitors each year and give a $23 million dollar boost to the local economy annually.

The comedy center will create 218 jobs and $6.5 million in wages per year.

National Comedy Center groundbreaking(Photo: WGRZ)

National Comedy Center groundbreaking(Photo: WGRZ)

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