JAMESTOWN – The 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival begins Wednesday in downtown Jamestown with several events on the schedule, including two programs featuring comedy legend and “King of Rant” Lewis Black.
Presented by the National Comedy Center, the Comedy Festival features dozens of programs, events, and activities scheduled to run from Wednesday, Aug. 7 through Sunday, Aug. 11.
On Wednesday, Black will provide a special intro class to stand up and then he will participate in a panel discussion focusing on George Carlin’s famous “Seven Dirty Words.”
Standup BS with Lewis Black is described as a brief version of his intro class to StandUp, how he ended up Standing Up, and what you might learn from it. The program will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday in the National Comedy Center and limited seating is available.
Following his Standup BS program, Black will head over to the Robert H. Jackson Center for a program entitled FCC v. Pacifica Foundation – The ‘Seven Dirty Words You Still Can’t Say.’ The program involves a panel discussion on the historic 1978 Supreme Court verdict upholding the FCC’s first indecency policies banning George Carlin’s “seven dirty words.” The ban led to an era of censorship and control over the use of indecent and obscene language in mass media. This panel discussion will explore the landmark case and its impact on media and comedy then and today — as well as what the future holds for indecency regulation. Moderated by Emmy-nominated producer, Stephen J. Morrison, the panel consists of Black along with author and performer Kelly Carlin and Cornell Law professor Howard Leib, Esq. It begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Cappa Theater of the Jackson Center.
Tickets for both Comedy Festival events are still available. For a full list of all events happening this week as part of the 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, visit ComedyCenter.org.
Black is a nationally recognized and award winning comedian known as the comedic king of the rant, skewering anything he sees—usually of the political variety. This will be Black’s fourth consecutive year that he has appeared as part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Last week he also participated in a lecture on the life of the late comedian Robin Williams at the Chautauqua Institution.