Comedy Happy Hour

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival presents

Comedy Happy Hour

Fri, August 8, 2014

5:00 pm

Jamestown Gateway Train Station

$0.00

Free

Enjoy a happy hour of comedy at the newly renovated Gateway Train Station. Featuring comedians whose credits include appearances on Letterman, Leno, Conan, and more!

Moody McCarthy
Moody McCarthy
Moody McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing, and Star Search. He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

Moody began his career in his hometown of Syracuse, NY, in the 1900s. Many who witnessed his early performances forecast stardom. Moody proved those people wrong.

After six years Moody moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer. That has not happened.

But after 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere. With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

Moody McCarthy: few people hate him!
Emma Willmann
Emma Willmann
Originally from a tiny town in Maine, Emma Willmann exploded onto the Boston comedy scene in 2010. In 2011 she won first place in the Boston Comedy Riots and was featured in The 2011 and 2012 Boston Woman in Comedy Festival. From there she brought her high energy, deeply personal, and observational act to New York City, where she quickly moved through the NYC comedy ranks – making her national TV debut on Axis TV’s Live at Gotham in 2014.
Willmann has also appeared in The 2014 New York Comedy Festival, hosted The 2013 Hoboken Comedy Festival, appeared on ComedyTimeTV, opened for Louie Anderson, appeared with Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover, and will be staring in two upcoming episodes of the popular TV show Deadly Affairs, on the Investigation Discovery Network.
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.
Sean Donnelly
Sean Donnelly
When he’s not catching a nap with his bulldog, Rickles, Sean can be found headlining clubs all over New York, including Caroline's, Gotham, Stand Up NY, and The Stand. He has appeared on MTV’s World of Jenks and The Late Show with David Letterman. Sean was a Comic Stand-Off finalist at the 2010 Magners Comedy Festival, performed at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in 2011 and 2012, was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival competition, and performed at Comedy Central’s 2013 South Beach Comedy Festival. Sean was a Montreal Just For Laughs “New Face” in 2013. He co-hosts the podcast My Dumb Friends with fellow comedian Dan St. Germain, soon to be broadcast on Comedy Central Sirius, and hosts a weekly show at Alligator Lounge in Brooklyn. Sean can be seen regularly on the TruTV series World’s Dumbest and on the forthcoming season of Adam Devine’s House Party on Comedy Central.
Michael Palascak
Michael Palascak
After moving around the Midwest during his early years, Michael Palascak (Pal-a-sack) ended up in Wabash, Indiana-- “The First Electrically Lighted City in the World.” He spent his formative years there, and then, after college, moved to Chicago to pursue a career in comedy and living at home with his parents.

In the last three years, Michael debuted on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He also performed at The TBS LOL Lounge in the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Chicago. He also has performed at Caesar’s Palace in The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas and was the winner of HBO’s Lucky 21 Stand-up Contest. He won the Chicago region of Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight and went on to make his Comedy Central debut on Live at Gotham Season 3. Last year, he was selected as one of 12 comedians in America and internationally to debut his half hour special on the inaugural season of Comedy Central's The Half Hour.

Desiring to perform all forms of comedy, Michael took sketch and improv classes at The Second City in Chicago, iO, and Annoyance. In Chicago, Michael debuted his one-person sketch show--Pursuing Happiness: A bunch of scenes about people that moved out of their parents' house, got a real job and got married. Performed by a guy who didn't.

Michael connects to the youthful innocence in everyone as he relates his stories onstage. From becoming an uncle to going down water slides, Michael's stories allow everyone to laugh a lot.

Michael made his television debut on WGN—The Bozo Show, Age 9, Large Boot Relay Team Blue (Runner-up)
Venue Information:
Jamestown Gateway Train Station
211 West 2nd Street
Jamestown, NY, 14701
http://jamestowntrainstation.com/