Tony Belmont is the founder and president of the National Comedy Hall of Fame® (NCHOF).
Several decades ago, Tony and a group of world-class comedians got together and discussed the idea of having a Comedy Hall of Fame someday. Tony initiated the project and he never looked back. After operating for several years in a small museum and, more recently, as a traveling museum, the NCHOF now has a permanent museum in Holiday, Florida.
Tony likes to share the story of how the official National Comedy Hall of Fame (NCHOF) got started. Early in his career, Tony met with renowned comedian friends at the LA Friars Club that was operated by Steve Allen and Morey Amsterdam. The illustrious group proposed the idea of creating a hall of fame for comedy and asked Tony to spearhead the project.
Tony conducted the research and executed myriad steps to make the dream a reality. For example, he visited over 100 museums, earned credentials in museum management, interviewed the great comedians across the country, and handled legal and business requirements for the new organization.
Due to his hard work, The Library of Congress authorized The National Comedy Hall of Fame as the official museum of Comedy History for the United States.
He drew on his previous experience of producing some major musical, television, and award shows. Tony’s award shows were exciting, with not only great comedians present, but also some of the most powerful politicians in the world, such as Nelson Mandela, George Bush Sr., George Bush Jr, Al Gore, Bill Clinton, the Ambassador of Spain, NY Mayor Giuliani, and more.