The Lucille "Ball"

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival presents

The Lucille "Ball"

Wed, August 6, 2014

8:00 pm

Crystal Ballroom - Hotel Jamestown


Join us in the historic Crystal Ball Room in Hotel Jamestown where Lucy and Desi visited during the premier of “Forever Darling” in 1956 for our Lucille “Ball”. This 50s themed masquerade ball will feature 50s music (all played from vinyls), Hors d'oeuvre, cocktails, a costume contest for the best “I Love Lucy” themed costumes, and more. Featuring special appearances from “Lucy and Ethel” impersonators Diane Vincent and Rhonda Medina and host T. Faye Griffin, this is a party you won’t want to miss! Event Sponsored by the Dykeman Young Gallery & Vintage Emporium.

Diane Vincent
Diane Vincent
Diane combines her creative talents as a professional musical theatre actress with her natural comedic abilities in re-creating the character of “Lucy”. Since 1995, Diane has been licensed and authorized by CBS Worldwide and Desilu, too, LLC to portray “Lucy Ricardo” at Universal Studios Hollywood and throughout the country. Her extensive client list includes dozens of the top corporations in the country. She has been representing the iconic character at the festivals here in Lucille Ball's hometown since 1999, and was proclaimed "The Official Lucy Impersonator" of Jamestown, NY by Mayor Samuel Teresi. When not portraying the “Queen of Comedy”, Diane stays busy as an award winning regional theatre actress. She is the creator and star of her own show, "Nuttin' But Hutton" A Musical Tribute to the Songs of Betty Hutton, which she co-wrote with her husband. The production recently enjoyed a critically acclaimed world premiere in her hometown of Los Angeles. Other credits include: “Oklahoma!” (Aunt Eller), “Stormy Weather” at the Pasadena Playhouse, “Guys & Dolls” (Adelaide), “Singin’ In The Rain” (Lina Lamont), “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Mrs. Meers), “Gypsy” (Tessie), “Best Little Whorehouse” (Doatsie Mae), “Some Like It Hot” (Sugar), “Cinderella” (Portia), “No, No Nanette” (Flora), “Pal Joey” (Gladys), “How To Succeed...” (Hedy), “Anything Goes” (Bonnie) and “From The Top!” starring Carol Burnett. Sacramento Music Circus: "The Producers" (Hold Me/Touch Me), "Thoroughly Modern Millie" (Miss Flannery), "The Music Man" (Ethel Toffelmier) At the Hollywood Bowl: “The Sound of Music” and “The Music Man”. For Reprise Theatre Company: “On Your Toes”, “Fiorello!”, “On The 20th Century” and “Kismet”. Diane is happily married to her very own “Ricky Ricardo”, multi-talented musician Sam Kriger. Diane wishes to thank the staff of the LD Center for bringing her "back home", and to all the dedicated and loyal fans who always give her a warm welcome.
Rhonda Medina
Rhonda Medina
Rhonda Medina began performing as a stage and variety actress in 1995. She has twice been awarded the Los Angeles

Drama Logue Critic’s Award for her performance in “Come Back to the Five and Dime Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” and “Witness for the Prosecution”. Rhonda began performing as a variety actress for Universal Studios Theme Park, Hollywood in 1996. From 1998 to 2001 Rhonda was a SAG commercial talent agent for the Bobby Ball Agency in Los Angeles. She booked more than 250 commercial jobs. Since that time, she has appeared in 11 commercials and voiced over 50 Radio Spots. Rhonda is happily married with two children. She currently lives in Dallas, Texas and performs as a

Celebrity Tribute Artist on a weekly basis for local and
national venues, coaches musical theatre, facilitates
special programs for the Alzheimer’s Association, is
the Drama Ministry Director for “Acting in Faith”
as well as Stephen Ministry leader at Faith Lutheran

Church. And, if that’s not enough…she also has a full-time job as a marketing director for a Dementia Day Care. Whew!
T. Faye Griffin
T. Faye Griffin
NAACP Image Award recipient and proud product of South Central Los Angeles, T. Faye Griffin has put words into the mouths of Academy Award winners, comedians, politicians and everyday folk alike. From A&E to BET to PBS, she has amassed an impressive list of television credits which include the Emmy Award-winning comedy series In Living Color, The Parent 'Hood, Steve Harvey's Big Time, The Grammy Gospel Celebration and NBC's daily lifestyle magazine program, YourLA.

A well-respected member of the comedy community, she created and served as Executive Producer of BET's highly rated comedy competition Coming to the Stage. The popular series marked the network’s first foray into family programming. Her work on the 2003 and 2004 Trumpet Awards each garnered a NAACP Image Award nomination, and in 2007 she scored a win as Producer of BET's Celebration of Gospel.

In 2006 she celebrated her first feature film credit with the release of the Steve Harvey concert film, Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet. In 2007, Griffin was featured in the Cannes edition of "The Business of Film Magazine."

A much sought after writing instructor whose popular workshops have been presented by the Writers Guild of America, American Black Film Festival and Kids in the Spotlight, Griffin has been tapped by the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy to help develop their inaugural comedic arts education program. Additionally she has been invited to be a guest instructor at the prestigious Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York during the 2012 summer sessions.

The former stand-up comedian has found her place among the personal writing staff of superstar comedians and radio personalities Steve Harvey and Rickey Smiley. In 2010 she completed the “Ain't Nobody Perfect Tour” with Harvey and gospel legend, Kirk Franklin.

Ms. Griffin made her critically acclaimed directorial debut with her latest stage production Spook Night, a no-holds barred, behind-the-microphone look at the world of stand-up comedy. Equally adept at writing dramatic themes, she served as Writer-in Residence for the Oasis Christian Theater Company which produced her commissioned works When Dreams Die Young and The Christmas Club under the artistic direction of Penny Johnson Jerald. Currently she is developing a one-woman show for Tony Award-winning actress, Starletta DuPois.

Her work has also appeared in Woman's World Magazine, Spirit Magazine, KCET Magazine, the Los Angeles Times and the USA Book News award-winning anthology, "Untangled."

Ms. Griffin resides in Los Angeles, California.
Venue Information:
Crystal Ballroom - Hotel Jamestown
110 W 3rd St.
Jamestown, NY, 14701