Trevor Noah, Lewis Black, and Brian Regan Headline 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival In Jamestown, NY
JAMESTOWN, NY, APRIL 13, 2016 – National Comedy Center, Inc., the cultural institution developing the first national visitor experience dedicated entirely to the celebration of comedy, celebrates the 25th anniversary of its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, August 4th –7th, in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY.
The Center broke ground last year for its forthcoming museum of comedy, which will celebrate the art form’s past, present and future in all its forms.
Headlining this year’s festival is “Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, the “king of the rant” Lewis Black, and one of this country’s premier comedians, Brian Regan. Festival highlights also include a discussion with the Farrelly Brothers and the critically-acclaimed Story Pirates kids-comedy troupe.
Additional tribute programming planned includes a roundtable discussion with daughters Kitty Bruce, Rain Pryor and Kelly Carlin, of the comedy legends Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin.
The festival features more than 50 events at a dozen venues throughout Jamestown including three late night showcases, a Stand-Up Showcase free to members of the military past and present, and a special exhibition in honor of the 65th anniversary of “I Love Lucy.” Tickets can be purchased at www.lucycomedyfest.com or by calling the festival box office at 716.484.0800.
Lewis Black first came to the festival in 1991 and returns with his iconic ‘comedic yelling and finger pointing’ act on August 4th, Trevor Noah will perform his stand-up act on August 5th, and coming off making history as the first comedian to perform a live Comedy Central special broadcast from Radio City Music Hall in September, Brian Regan will perform on August 6th.
Kliph Nesteroff, author of “The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy,” will moderate a discussion with the Farrelly Brothers, the minds behind such films as “Kingpin,” “There’s Something About Mary,” and “The Three Stooges.” Additionally, Bobby and Peter Farrelly will be bringing the iconic Mutt Cuts van from “Dumb and Dumber” to this year’s annual festival, which will then be incorporated into the future exhibit experience at the National Comedy Center.
“Lucille Ball’s vision was that Jamestown would become a destination for the celebration of all comedy and not just about her own legacy,” says Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of National Comedy Center, Inc. “This festival has done just that, attracting more than 10,000 visitors from over 40 states each year — a microcosm of what we will do with the National Comedy Center’s visitor attraction under construction now.”
The National Comedy Center, a non-profit cultural institution, recently announced the acquisition of the George Carlin archives for its collection. The Center is a $50 million project funded by public-private partnership and to date has been awarded more than $3.5 million from New York State, Empire State Development and I Love NY™. Design of the immersive, interactive visitor experience has been provided by renowned creative firm Jack Rouse Associates.
The National Comedy Center, Inc. embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown to become a destination for the celebration all of the comedic arts. The organization operates the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, and for the last 25 years has produced the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival with performers including Jerry Seinfeld, Jay Leno, Joan Rivers, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Bob Newhart, Paula Poundstone, The Smothers Brothers and more than 100 other comedic artists.