JAMESTOWN – The annual celebration of comedy in Jamestown begins this week with a new twist to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
The National Comedy Center will be presenting a week of comedy performances and dialogues this year, and partnering with world-renowned Chautauqua Institution on a week titled “Comedy and the Human Condition,” which begins today and continues into next week.
Jim Gaffigan, Kevin James, Robert Klein, Lisa Lampanelli and more than twenty others will perform later this week in Jamestown, while Lewis Black, David Steinberg, W. Kamau Bell, Kelly Carlin and more engage in dialogues in the 4,000 seat amphitheater series.
Lewis Black will deliver a lecture this morning at the institution to kick off the week-long series of activities.
Meanwhile, a special event will also take place today in Jamestown with the unveiling of a FREE special George Carlin exhibit, “Stuff I Saved”, featuring items from Carlin’s personal archive that were recently donated to the National Comedy Center and being presented at the Gateway Train Station, starting at 10 a.m.
This week’s programming also includes the nationally and critically-acclaimed children’s comedy troupe, The Story Pirates, Late Night Comedy and a Stand-Up Showcase free to members of the U.S. Military past and present.
Shuttles will be leaving to and from Chautauqua (Main Gate Welcome Center) and Jamestown (Fest HQ – 211 W 2nd Street) all this week.
Tickets for all performances and dialogues during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, including Lisa Lampanelli (August 5 at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts) are available by visiting lucycomedyfest.com, calling 716.484.0800.