JAMESTOWN, NY – August 9th, 2012 – The city of Jamestown, New York and itsLucille Ball Comedy Festival were profiled at length in the NY Times, among the most widely read newspapers in the world, on Monday, August 6th. The article, which featured multiple photos and a map image pinpointing Jamestown, received coverage on the front page and two additional pages in the “A” section. The article examined the direction the festival has taken over the past few years, the impact of comedy programming on Jamestown’s economy, and even much of Jamestown’s unique history.

In a press conference held at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena on Wednesday, Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales specifically discussed the significance of this media placement, commenting that the impact of having an article in the NY Times would be immeasurable in terms of creating a buzz around Jamestown and Chautauqua County.

“As the Secretary of State said to me afterwards, ‘a dollar figure cannot even be placed on the value of that piece,’” said Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. “It’s true.  Jamestown was just featured, favorably, in a publication read by millions of people worldwide. We should all be excited about this as a community together. It’s a great thing for the whole area.”

“The content and essence of [the NY Times] article perfectly captured what we’re trying to accomplish,” said Tom Benson, board president for the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. “The fact that we got that level of exposure is something we’re really proud of, as everyone in the community and region should be.”

In addition to the NY Times article, Jamestown’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has been featured this month in other newspapers across the globe such as the Chicago Tribune, the Columbus Dispatch, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and the Sydney Morning Herald.

Lucy Fest and Jamestown will also be featured in an upcoming ABC 20/20 special, “Best in TV, The Greatest TV Shows of our Time,” hosted by Barbara Walters on September 18th at 9pm EST. I Love Lucy is nominated in two categories, Best Television Comedy of All Time and Best Television Show of All Time.

Festival attendees from August 1st-5th included representatives from over half of the states of America, as well as visitors from various other countries.

“The enormous success of Lucy Fest 2012 gives us another big piece of our foundation to build upon,” Benson said. “This is another great year under our belt that we will use as a building block.”


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 6th. This year’s festival ran August 1st-5th and featured performances by Paula Poundstone, Lucie Arnaz, Tammy Pescatelli, Tony Deyo, Story Pirates, Billy Gardell from CBS’s Mike & Molly, and much more. This year’s festival was brought to you in part by YNN, the TV media sponsor of Lucy Fest 2012. Visit www.LucyComedyFest.com for more information.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is the first pillar in a four-pillar Legacy of Laughter vision for the organization, including a comedic arts education program, comedy film festival and the establishment of the first national comedy museum and hall of fame.

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.