The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival presents
Comedy Legacies: Bruce, Carlin, Pryor
Fri, August 5, 2016
The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pryor are three of the most influential stand-ups in comedy history, inspiring countless artists to follow. They also represent a specific lineage of influence between the three of them, starting with Bruce. In this only-in-Jamestown event, hear from Kitty Bruce, Kelly Carlin and Rain Pryor, together on stage as they discuss the figures the world knew as comedy legends, but they knew as fathers.
This special roundtable is presented in honor of the 50th anniversary of the passing of Lenny Bruce: stand-up, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter, and is being filmed as part of a series of retrospective discussions hosted by the National Comedy Center, the first cultural institution dedicated to the art and celebration of comedy.http://www.lucycomedyfest.com/event/1171293/
In her early 20s, she got the acting bug when she got to play a punk rock Girl Scout in an HBO pilot Apt-2C opposite her father. She never fully pursued this bug, and instead, at the not-so-ripe age of 30, she graduated from UCLA, Magna Cum Laude with a B.A. in Communications Studies (no she was not stupid, it’s just that she had a few panic attacks, a crazy first husband, and what felt like the weight of the world on her shoulders for a few years). While at UCLA, Kelly discovered her voice as a writer, which lead her to a brief career in writing for film and TV with her writing partner and husband Robert McCall where they penned the Rose McGowan b-movie thriller “Devil in the Flesh,” and an episode of Fox’s The George Carlin Show.
In the late 1990s, after she was pretty sure that mainstream showbiz was not her cup of tea, she pursued her craft through various media such as writing/producing/hosting “Lost in LA LA Land” on the earliest online comedy channel Comedynet, and writing/performing her one-woman show “Driven To Distraction” about her tumultuous childhood and her mother's recent death.
In 2001 after two decades in “the biz”, Kelly stepped away to pursue her love of Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and mythology and received her masters in Jungian Depth Psychology. She thought she might become a therapist, but then after a few years away from writing and performing, her desire to be on a stage and yell the word “fuck” kept gnawing at her, and so she decided to follow the call of the stage once again. She began writing and performing stories in the Los Angeles area.
Recently she interviewed a few legendary comedians for Laugh.com's On Comedy CD series, and had a blast talent producing for Showtime Network’s The Green Room with Paul Provenza.
Kelly is currently hosting her monthly SiriusXM radio show The Kelly Carlin Show which spotlights her conversations with iconic comedians. Kelly also hosts her weekly podcast “Waking from the American Dream” at smodcast.com where she converses with comedians, authors, visionaries and artists about the comedy and tragedy of life.
In July of this year she will film her acclaimed solo show "A Carlin Home Companion" to be released as a DVD, and in September, her highly anticipated memoir of the same title will be publishe by St. Martin's Press.
Rain, is a truly brilliant performer, who is known for her superior work ethic, and belief in performing with truth and dignity no matter the role.
Rain, has performed standup comedy and headlined in NYC at Carolines on Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club, Comic Syndrome, Brokerage, FunnyStop. She has appeared at Orlando Improv, opened for Tracey Morgan, and Eddie Griffin, and toured with THE JOKES ON YOU COMEDY TOUR.
Rain gave up stand up, after recording her first ever comedy CD BLACK AND WHITE on UpRoar with producer David Drozen, stating "I have completed walking through a door my father desired for me, and I did so, successfully. It's now time for me to continue to walk on my path and do what I do best, entertaining through music, writing and acting.
Guided by a mission to create a safe, sober and nurturing experience for men and women, The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation provides support, education and new perspectives on living clean and sober.
Kitty Bruce believes that "starting over is just the beginning." Created in 2008, The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation has been working with recovery programs all over America to help individuals who cannot afford treatment. Currently, the foundation is raising funds that will go into scholarship programs that will be awarded to those individuals who cannot afford recovery programs on their own. With a "real life" approach to helping men and women in recovery, Kitty Bruce believes that The Lenny Bruce Memorial Foundation can be a bright light with spiritual, emotional and practical components that will help people who desire a clean and sober lifestyle.
The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
116 E 3rd St.
Jamestown, NY, 14701