JAMESTOWN – The National Comedy Center in Jamestown will soon become the home of comedy legend Carl Reiner’s archives.
The center announced on Friday the Reiner family is donating his creative papers, scripts and other artifacts.
Reiner, who passed away last Summer, had a career in comedy spanning seven-decades. He has held several roles serving as a writer, director, producer, author and performer.
The center will also formally name its ongoing work to preserve comedy’s heritage in honor of Reiner, who was a founding Advisory Board member for the Comedy Center.
The Carl Reiner Department of Archives and Preservation will serve as the central hub for all archival and preservation work within the Comedy Center, as it continues its mission to present the history of comedy and preserve comedy’s heritage for future generations.
Carl Reiner was an early advocate and instrumental supporter of the National Comedy Center and its vision to celebrate comedy as an art form.
With a multi-faceted career spanning television, film, stage, record albums, books and even social media, Carl Reiner was a twelve-time Emmy award-winner, a Grammy award-winner and a recipient of
The Kennedy Center’s Mark Twain Prize for American Humor. Reiner’s 99th birthday would have been this Saturday, March 20th.
A new multi-media exhibit on Reiner’s work and contribution to the art form of comedy, featuring artifacts, documents and footage from the Reiner Archives, is planned at the National Comedy Center in 2022 as his centennial birthday milestone is celebrated.