Comedy Festival: Lucille Ball Comedy Festival
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is an annual festival that takes place in Jamestown, NY (Lucy’s hometown). Lucille Ball’s vision was an annual festival of comedy that would support rising comedians in her home town. The Center started out with the Lucy Desi Museum and the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and has since grown to include attractions such as the Desilu Studios and the Tropicana Room: a museum and private event venue in tribute to “I Love Lucy,” recently named “Best Television Show of All-Time” and “Best Comedy Show of All-Time.”. For more information about the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy and its year-round attractions, please visit www.Lucy-Desi.com.
Lucille Ball worked with the Arts Council in Jamestown to develop a comedy festival and comedy film festival in her hometown in the late 1980s. Ball was to visit and attend the first-ever Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, as well as accept an honorary degree at Jamestown Community College commencement in the spring of 1989. Unfortunately, Lucille Ball passed away in April 1989 before attending the festival that would attract thousands of Lucy fans and contemporary comedy lovers a-like.
Since the festival started in 1991, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has featured performances by Lewis Black, Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Paula Poundstone, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, George Wallace, Billy Gardell, Bill Engvall, and many more. Today, the festival attracts over 10,000 visitors annually and features over 50 events and 30 performers. Events include performances from some of the hottest rising comedians, live bands, live comedy theater, the world’s premier “I Love Lucy” character impersonators, Latenight Stand-Up in the Tropicana Room, Lucy Town Tours, Block Parties, Classes in Comedy, and much more.