Comedy Fest Finalizes Lineup

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has released its finalized lineup, including the announcement of 16 rising comedians from across the country whose performances will be recorded for the live album “Live from Jamestown: The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.”

The album will be recorded in the Tropicana Room during Comedy Late Night, which will take place Aug. 1-3 at 10:30 p.m. The event will be co-produced by Rooftop Comedy, a limited amount of tickets will be sold for the performances, with 90 seats being made available for each night.

Comedians performing during the recording include Jackie Kashian, Myq Kaplan, Harrison Greenbaum, Cy Amundson, Keith Alberstadt, Joe Machi, Kelly Collette, Josh Gondelman, Jim Tews, Mark Normand, Andy Sandford, Andy Hendrickson, Calise Hawkins, Andi Smith, Kelly MacFarland and Sean Keane.

These comics’ credits include stints on Comedy Central, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Last Comic Standing and awards including CMT’s Next Big Comic and the Andy Kaufman Award.

“Rooftop Comedy is proud to co-produce these showcases, as well as the first-ever live album from Lucy Fest,” said Dominic Del Bene, managing producer of Rooftop Comedy Productions. “We’ve been working with the festival for years now and are thrilled to see the caliber of talent that comes to Jamestown to celebrate the memory of Lucille Ball every summer. The album is going to feature some of our favorite comics and we look forward to sharing it with the world later this year.”

While Comedy Late Night will include some uncensored adult material, the album product will include only the cleaner portions of the comedians’ sets. The live album will be available through many outlets, including iTunes, Pandora, Sirius/XM and Spotify. CDs will be available at the Lucy Desi Museum, the Lucy-Desi online store and Amazon.com.

“Getting these album tracks out is a great way to let the world know about the comedy coming out of Jamestown,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. “Ball wanted her hometown to be a place of celebration for all things comedy.”

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will also feature a Pandora Comedy “Comics to Watch” showcase Aug. 1, hosted by Tammy Pescatelli, who performed during the 2012 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. This show, which begins at 8 p.m., will feature Keith Alberstadt, Joe Machi, Cy Amundson and Jackie Kashian.

Previously announced headline acts include Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, the GIs of Comedy, the leads from the hit touring stage show I Love Lucy Live on Stage, and Lucy Radio Comedy Live Onstage directed by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of I Love Lucy creator, Jess Oppenheimer.

Lucy Radio Comedy Live Onstage will be performed in the style of old-time radio, complete with actors standing at microphones on stage, sound effects and performances by the Jamestown Harmony Express. Featured performers include Richard Lambert, Margo Davis, Len Tobin, Lee John, Corinne Fredrickson, Vince Joy Jr., Dan Scapelitte, Floyd Moore, Mike Nichols and Colleen Schwanekamp.

The festival will also feature daily festivities at the newly-renovated Jamestown Gateway Train Station including beer and wine, a live auction featuring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz estate memorabilia and a wardrobe of high-end fashion from designers such as Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Manolo Blahnik, Prada and Dior that has been donated by Melody Thomas Scott, former star of Young and the Restless. There will also be appearances by Lucille Ball’s 25-year personal secretary Wanda Clark, hometown bus tours, comedy workshops, latin dance and conga classes, grape-stomping, conveyer belt candy-wrapping from iconic I Love Lucy episodes and much more.

Tickets for the album recordings and all shows are available by visiting LucyComedyFest.com, or calling the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy at 484-0800.