Official National Comedy Hall of Fame®
Comedy Hall of Fame Museum®
Tony Belmont, President - Museum & Library
Tony Belmont is President of Alan
Freed Productions®, the top agency in the world for Rock'n
Roll founded in 1950 by the legendary Alan Freed who was the
first to coin the term "Rock and Roll".
Tony first met Alan while visiting the Brooklyn Paramount Theater
to play with a back up band for a big show.
Alan Freed was so impressed by Tony
that he hired him to help produce and direct the large Rock'n
Roll stage shows of the time teaching him everything he needed to know.
Tony honed his skill working with Alan at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater, Fox, Capitol, Radio City Music Hall, and Madison Square Garden.
So how did Tony go from Rock'n Roll to Comedy? Here's
While doing a large concert in New
York City, some comedians were hired to fill in while the bands changed behind the curtain. A love for comedy and the comedians began.
He joined the LA Friars Club
known as the most exclusive club in Hollywood at the time. He was
sponsored into the club, which was the rule then, by two famous comedians and friends, Steve Allen and Morey Amsterdam.
During a discussion one night at the Friars Club between Tony and a group of well know comedians
including Morey Amsterdam, Steve Allen, Red Buttons, Joey Bishop,
Milton Berle, and George Burns the idea was proposed for a National Comedy Museum. Tony was asked to spearhead the project.
After a lengthy search, it was found that there was no museum dedicated to the history of Comedy. He applied for a Federal Trademark not only at the national level but across all the states, Canada, and the U.K which he still owns. He had become the first President of the Comedy Hall of Fame, Inc.
He spent the next two
years touring the country interviewing as many of the great comedians as possible. This is now a one-of-a-kind collection of the story of comedy told by the comedians themselves on how they made the transition from early comedy, vaudeville, film, stand-up, theater, radio, and then into television.
He poured most of his own money into the project and accumulated a large collection of memorabilia, artifacts, and library.
A temporary museum was opened to test the market and find out if the concept was good but also to see if the technology for the exhibits would work properly. The museum
was a huge success and he realized that the museum would need a larger building
to accommodate the increasing numbers of visitors who were lined
up to gain entry as well as a greater parking facility.
The search for a larger building is now underway while a wonderful program made from some of those early interviews tours the country
along with the exhibits as a mobile museum facility called, the Comedy Time Tunnel®
sponsored by the National Comedy Hall of Fame®. So to answer any
questions, we are officially open.
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