CHAUTAUQUA, N.Y. - Before playing in Jamestown, N.Y. for the opening of the National Comedy Center Wednesday night, Erie News Now caught up with comedian Lewis Black at the Chautauqua Institution.

Black headlined a lecture with one of the original "Saturday Night Live" writers, Alan Zweibel. The two spoke for about 90 minutes on everything from their start in the business, to the evolution of comedy and much more.

The visit was a team effort between the Chautauqua Institution and the National Comedy Center, creating a new and growing partnership. Both men are on the center's Advisory Board.

They believe the center is good for our region and the art itself.

“It went way beyond what I expected. It's pretty extraordinary. I'm kind of stunned by it,” Black said.

"It's all inclusive, but what it isn't is a hall of fame,” Zweibel said. “That's what drew me to it initially.”

You can watch a portion of the Erie News Now’s special coverage from opening night of the National Comedy Center here.