Gebbie Foundation sponsors morning lecture, bus tours

Stephen J. Morrison, Kliph Nesteroff and Kelly Carlin will be rounding off Week Six at 10:45 am. Friday in the Amphitheater with their lecture titled “How the Story of Comedy Tells the Human Story of America.” This joint lecture is sponsored by the Gebbie Foundation.

“We’ve had a long history with Chautauqua Institution and we’re glad to have a chance to partner with them again,” said Greg Edwards, the Gebbie Foundation’s chief executive officer.

Along with Friday’s lecture, the Gebbie Foundation has also partnered with the Institution to provide bus tours from Chautauqua to Jamestown, where people can visit the National Comedy Center, as well as a variety of other local attractions along the way.

Nesteroff and Morrison are the curator and executive producer of exhibit media, respectively, for the National Comedy Center. Carlin is a writer, public speaker, performer and radio personality who hosts “The Kelly Carlin Show” on Sirius XM, “Waking from the American Dream” on SModcast Network and tour show “A Carlin Home Companion” — also the name of her memoir.

Set to open in 2018, the National Comedy Center reflects an effort to support comedy as an art form. The Gebbie Foundation, along with a dozen or so other foundations in the area, worked side by side with New York state and collectively raised $25 million to fund the center’s construction.

“I think it is clear evidence that we here in this region collaborate,” Edwards said. “We try to accentuate each other’s success and all of that leads to significant economic development and opportunity.”

The Gebbie Foundation has been in existence for more than 50 years with the goal of investing in and revitalizing downtown Jamestown.

“(We were excited when) Chautauqua Institution reached out to the National Comedy Center for this comedy week,” Edwards said. “That fit perfectly with our current goals and objectives — that is creating economic development and increased opportunities for work … in Jamestown.”

For more information about partnership opportunities, contact Geof Follansbee, CEO of the Chautauqua Foundation, at 716-357-6220 or

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Meaghan Wilby

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Meaghan Wilby covers the Lincoln Series in Applied Ethics as well as special lectures and programs, and works with the Chautauqua Foundation to cover development activities. Originally from New Zealand, she recently graduated from Allegheny College with a B.A. in English. She played four years of varsity basketball at Allegheny and was an editor for The Campus newspaper for two years. She can be reached at