Lucy Desi Center for Comedy to release Lucy Fest 2012 preliminary schedule, 2011 economic impact findings

JAMESTOWN, NY – March 6, 2012 – The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center for Comedy will hold a press conference in its museum at 10 W. 3rd St. in Jamestown, NY on Thursday, March 8 at 10:30 a.m. EST to announce the preliminary line-up of the 2012 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Aug. 1-5.  The results of a Lucy Fest 2011 economic impact analysis also will be shared.

Thursday’s announcement will reveal a headliner who garners over 12 million viewers a week. Also included will be a preview of the additional talent line-up, new comedic arts workshops, and news of unique events that will make any “Lucy” fan want to be in Jamestown, New York, Aug. 1-5.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival boasts an alumni list of then-rising stars Ray Romano, Lewis Black, and Ellen Degeneres, as well as entertainment icons such as Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone and Bob Newhart.  The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, or “Lucy Fest,” embodies Ball’s vision for her hometown legacy: a celebration of the comedic arts held annually on the weekend closest to her birth date, August 6.

Lucy Fest 2011, co-produced by San Francisco-based Rooftop Comedy, the world’s largest producer of interactive comedy programming, commemorated Lucille Ball’s 100th birthday, set an attendance high at 13,000 attendees, featured more than ten comedians from NYC, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles performing over five days, and made international news with the setting of a Guinness World Record for “Most People Dressed as Lucy Ricardo” with 916.

All media in attendance, upon presentation of business identification, will receive two complimentary museum admission passes to be used following the press conference or at a later date.

The mission of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts.

For more information, contact the office of Executive Director Journey Gunderson at 716.484.0800 or