Though the National Comedy Center acquired the vast archives of George Carlin from the comedian’s daughter, Kelly Carlin, back in May 2016, the public hasn’t really had a chance to look at it yet. And since the Center’s museum doesn’t properly open until next summer, it could be awhile before anybody gets a chance to view over 25,000 artifacts owned by the comedy master, including 10,000 handwritten joke files, annotated set lists, personal scrapbooks, stage-worn costumes and thousands of hours of rare audiovisual content.
Thankfully, the Center has come up with a compromise. They’ll release a limited preview of the Carlin archive from July 31 through Aug. 6 during the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown, N.Y.
“There comes a time in one’s life when it’s time to let go of our parent’s stuff,” said Kelly in a statement. “I am truly excited that there will be a place for my dad’s stuff—permanently. The folks at the National Comedy Center are thoughtful, respectful and excited about the art of comedy. I can think of no other place for my dad’s legacy to be permanently honored, archived and preserved for future generations.”
Get a closer look at an example Carlin piece below, plus a 1979 Carlin performance from the Paste Cloud, and be sure to plan your trip for the opening of the museum next summer, described by the project chairman as “a personalized, interactive comedic journey through time, and across all media types, in a unique and fun way.”