JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW) – The National Comedy Center is steeped in history, telling tales of famous and successful comedians. But they were missing one, very fuzzy and now it’s here.

“It’s only fitting that the struggling Muppets resident comedian is now on display in our galleries,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center.

This new Fozzie Bear exhibit is open now. This is an original Fozzie Muppet on loan to Jamestown from the Jim Henson Collection in Atlanta.

Someone very close to Fozzie is happy to see him in the spotlight.

The man who developed the Fozzie bear as a character on the Muppet show, Frank Oz, visited the comedy center, adores it and said it’s so wonderful that the comedy center is celebrating Fozzie. against the backdrop of the legacy of comedy, ”Gunderson said.

The Fozzie Bear started telling jokes in 1976. This new exhibit is a way to introduce Fozzie to younger people and bring nostalgia to those who grew up watching him.

Richard Drew / AP

FILE – In this November 24, 2008 file photo, Muppets Fozzie Bear, left, a Whatnot, center, and Kermit the Frog make television appearances in New York City. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” fame, stars of “Fraggle Rock” and other puppets, costumes and objects from the career of Muppets creator Jim Henson were donated to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is building a new gallery to house them, announced the institution on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File

While supporting our local museum.

“Every visitor that passes Fozzie stops and enjoys. WNY Family Magazine called us a must-see destination for people with families with kids and I love NY called us one of the best family activities in the state. of New York, ”Gunderson said.

This is your chance to get out of the house, laugh and let an old friend “wocka wocka” your world.

National Comedy Center now contactless to keep visitors safe

National Comedy Center

National Comedy Center now contactless to keep visitors safe

“People come in thinking they’re going to spend a few hours and leave saying I should have planned to spend a few days, there’s so much to see here,” Gunderson said.

The National Comedy Center has a safe laugh program to make sure everyone can safely laugh and enjoy. You have to book tickets in advance, masks are mandatory and all interactive exhibits are contactless.

Reserve these tickets when you can, Fozzie Bear will only be here at WNY this year this spring and summer.

To book tickets for the Comédie Nationale, Click here.

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