HOLIDAY, Fla. — A one of a kind attraction is set to open here in Tampa Bay: The National Comedy Hall of Fame.
- The attraction was established in 1989 by producer Tony Belmont
- They will host their first comedy show on Friday night at 8:00 PM
- The museum is set to open by November
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They've made their home in a place you may not expect: Holiday.
You may have passed by Holiday Tower several times. The unique, green building on US 19 and Darlington Road is about to stand out even more, as it becomes the home of the National Comedy Hall of Fame.
VP David Spezza owns the building and has spent most of this year completely changing it.
"It’s going to be great for Pasco County and Tampa Bay," Spezza said.
The museum used to travel, which once included a temporary spot in John’s Pass. That's when the owners knew they wanted to get it somewhere large and more permanent.
"We had guests go through there that had emotional reactions to all of the history that reminded them of the comedians and acts from the early parts of their life," said Spezza.
Soon folks will be able to come to Pasco County to see its unique historical exhibits whenever they want.
"You'll see how comedy evolved from the Greeks, how it grew through theater, early vaudeville, into radio, and eventually TV," Spezza said.
Exhibits include some rare pieces of comedy memorabilia.
The building will also include an arcade, food services, theater, and even a comedy club and school.
The National Comedy Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by producer Tony Belmont. He is still involved with the current project. It has 23 inductees, which include famous comics like George Carlin and Lucille Ball.
"We’re very excited to be here. We hope that the community comes out and support us," Spezza said.
They will host their first comedy show on Friday night at 8:00 PM. For tickets and information, visit https://hofevent.com/events/
The museum is set to be ready to open by November.