Lucy Comedy Fest Begins Today With Meet-And-Greet Event

The 2013 Lucy Comedy Fest officially kicks off this morning at 10 a.m.

The festival, which has been a mainstay in Jamestown for years, consistently draws visitors from around the country. This year, a slew of new additions and old favorites look to bring in crowds yet again.

TODAY

Wanda Clark, former secretary for more than 20 years to Lucille Ball, will be holding a meet-and-greet event at 10 a.m. at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station. A “hometown tour” will leave from the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center at 11 a.m., followed by lunch with Wanda Clark in the Tropicana Room at the center at noon. A second hometown tour will depart at 2 p.m., and there will be an opportunity for fans to meet the stars of “I Love Lucy: Live On Stage” at the same time in the Willow Bay Theater. A Lucille Ball trivia contest will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Reg Studio Theater, followed by a chance to meet artist Gary Peters Jr., who painted the many Lucy murals throughout the town, at 5 p.m. The Spire Theater will play host to “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” at 5:30 p.m. Infinity Performing Arts will hold a conga workshop at 6 p.m. in the tradition of Desi Arnaz. Dinner will be held in the Tropicana Room at 6:30 p.m.

The headline entertainment for Thursday will take place at the Reg Lenna Civic Center at 8 p.m. when Pandora Comedy Presents: Comics to Watch. The day will close with Comedy Late Night, held at 10:30 p.m. at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center.

Tickets are available to all events with the exception of the trivia contest, which has already sold out.

FRIDAY

Friday packs in more entertainment than Thursday, with events running non-stop from 9 a.m. to midnight, including many that will overlap. Professional impersonators of Lucy and Ethel will be available for a photo opportunity at 9 a.m. at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center. Hometown tours will leave from the center at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A cruise on the Summer Wind, leaving from Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron departs at 10 a.m., as well. Events at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station begin at noon and include grape stomping, chocolate wrapping, a latin dance class and more. Lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. in the Tropicana Room with Gregg Oppenheimer, son of “I Love Lucy” creator Jess Oppenheimer. Cemetery tours will leave from the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Participants will be invited to re-create scenes from classic episodes of the television show during Comedy College, which will be held at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center at 2 p.m. Gregg Oppenheimer will be available for a book signing at the center at 2:30 p.m. Diane Vincent and Rhonda Medina, the Lucy and Ethel impersonators, will be performing at the Willow Bay Theater at 4:30 pm. when they put on a dinner show. Infinity Performing Arts will be holding a stand-up comedy workshop beginning at 5 p.m., and “The Great American Trailer Park Musical” will be performing it’s second show of the Lucy Comedy Fest at 5:30 p.m. at the Spire Theatre.

Stand-up acts for the evening will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the GIs of Comedy at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, followed by co-headliner Kathleen Madigan at 8 p.m. Local improv troupes Nameless! and The Unexpected Guests will take the stage at The Forum at 9 p.m. and the Reg Studio Theatre at 10:15 p.m., respectively. Comedy Late Night will close out the evening once again at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center beginning at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are available to all events with the exception of the cemetery tours, which have already sold out.

SATURDAY

Hometown tours will again be held at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Artist Gary Peters will hold a Lucy-themed art class at Infinity Performing Arts beginning at 10:30 a.m. Vincent and Medina, the Lucy and Ethel impersonators will hold a brunch show at the Willow Bay Theater at 11 a.m. Beginning at noon, the Jamestown Gateway Train Station will again host a cadre of events, including a live auction and fashion show, grape stomping, chocolate wrapping and more. A comedy cruise will leave from the Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron at 12:30 p.m., featuring several rising stars in the comedy world. A second comedy college will be held at 1 p.m. at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center. Cemetery tours will depart from the center at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Lucy Radio Comedy Live Onstage, directed by Gregg Oppenheimer, will be held at 3:15 p.m. at the Willow Bay Theater. At 4:30 p.m., there will be a special, members-only archive event at the Reg Studio Theater featuring never-before-seen memborabilia from the museum. Infinity Performing Arts will host a second intro to improv comedy at 5:30 p.m., and the Lucy and Ethel impersonators will showcase their comedy in a second dinner show at the Willow Bay Theater at 6 p.m.

Stand-up acts for the evening will begin at 8 p.m. with festival co-headliner Bill Engvall, who will perform at the Reg Lenna Civic Center, the Unexpected Guests, who will perform at the Reg Studio Theater at 10:15 p.m., and the final performance of Comedy Late Night, which will be held at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center at 10:30 p.m.

Tickets are available to all events with the exception of the 3 p.m. cemetery tours, which has already sold out.

SUNDAY

The festival will close with a two-hour cruise on the Summer Wind around Chautauqua Lake, which departs at 9:30 a.m.

Event tickets range from free to $153.50. For more information about ticket prices, event times and locations, visit www.lucycomedyfest.com or call the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Center at 484-0800.