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Journey Gunderson

Executive Director

National Comedy Center

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United States


Executive Director of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, NY — the United States’ official cultural institution dedicated to the art of comedy — where I led the planning, strategy, fundraising and creative development for the acclaimed state-of-the-art museum and archives. Named one of the Top 50 Museum Influencers in the world by international museum and attractions authority Blooloop in 2020, and twice named an “Innovator Who Changed Comedy” by comedy authority, Interrobang. The National Comedy Center has led the way in 21st-century museum design, featuring state-of-the-art technology, interactivity and personalization for visitors of all ages, customized for their specific interests and tastes. Visitors from all 50 states and eighteen countries have given the Comedy Center a rare 5/5 rating on TripAdvisor, ranking among the highest in the attraction and tourism industry. Since its opening in 2018, the National Comedy Center was named “Best New Museum” in the country by USA Today, one of the “World’s Greatest Places” by TIME magazine and one of “100 Reasons to Love America” by People magazine. Based on the vision of Jamestown native Lucille Ball for her hometown in Western New York to become a destination for comedy, the non-profit Comedy Center showcases comedy’s great minds and unique voices in ways that educate, engage and inspire future generations. Also serve as Executive Director of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

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BS, magna cum laude, Sports Media & Communications