If you’re looking for the center of the comedy world, just follow the sound of laughter to Jamestown, New York. That’s where you’ll find the National Comedy Center, which in 2020 was voted “best new museum” as part of USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.
It’s also where you’ll find Journey Gunderson ’04, who, in her role as the center’s executive director, was named to Blooloop’s 50 Museum Influencers list. Blooloop, which tracks trends and developments in the museum industry, selected Gunderson for its international listing that also included the director of the Museum of London and the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, among others.
It’s just the latest accolade for the museum, which in 2019 was included in Time’s World’s 100 Greatest Places list and People’s 100 Reasons to Love America list.
Blooloop highlighted Gunderson’s ability to overcome the challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic. In March 2020, the museum was forced to close temporarily. But rather than dwell on the negative, Gunderson and her team moved the laughs online, creating the National Comedy Center Anywhere platform to allow comedy fans to explore the museum virtually and drive the reputation of the center forward.