National Comedy Center Acquires George Carlin Archives

Late comedian's estate donates massive archive to museum set to open in 2017

A hologram of George Carlin performing stand-up will be the main attraction at the National Comedy Center, set to open in 2017. Credit: NBC/Getty

UPDATE: The National Comedy Center released a statement that it has "no plans for a George Carlin hologram" at this time. The forthcoming exhibit will include a hologram theater and an interactive George Carlin exhibit featuring material from his extensive archive.

Reports that the $50 million center would feature holographic images of late comedians — including Carlin, Bob Hope, Milton Berle and Rodney Dangerfield — surfaced last year, but at the time the museum had yet to agree to terms with any comics' estates. 

Comedy historian and museum curator Kliph Nesteroff cited the Carlin family’s support for the new museum and that the comedian’s archive would be a major attraction.

Artifacts from Carlin's archive will serve as a major draw. The comedian's daughter, Kelly Carlin, donated eight trunks full of script drafts, eight-track tapes, performance videos, photographs, the report from his arrest on charges of obscenity from a 1972 show in Milwaukee and countless notebooks filled with jokes.

Nesteroff previewed a few additional features of the National Comedy Center in his interview with The Hollywood Reporter as well. The curator said visitors will be able to peruse the museum via routes dictated by their own comedy taste, and while the experience will be family friendly, a "Blue Room" in the basement will honor comedy's raunchier side.

"You'll get a real taste of subversive comedy: Your Richard Pryors, your Lenny Bruces, your George Carlins doing dirty-words-you-can't-say-on-television-type stuff," Nesteroff said. "The Blue Room will give people a chance to see the stuff that maybe they don't want their kid to see, and still honor comedy by not sanitizing it."