The National Comedy Center Inc, an organization dedicated to celebrating and preserving comedy in all its forms, the headliners for this years annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The festival is held in Jamestown, New York, the hometown of television and comedy icon Lucille Ball, and will take place from August 4th – 7th. This will be the 25th year that the festival has been operating, and its notoriety has helped to attract some big names to the small upstate town.
The headliners for this year will be Trevor Noah, Lewis Black, and Brian Regan. Trevor Noah is a successful stand-up comic from South Africa who has found a growing American audience since he took over hosting duties of The Daily Show from the venerable Jon Stewart. Lewis Black’s comedy resume is deep, including a recurring segment on The Daily Show, his own Comedy Central show Lewis Black’s Root of all Evil, and numerous stand-up specials for HBO and Comedy Central. Brian Regan is also a massively successful comedian who needs little introduction: on top of his popular Comedy Central specials, the comic recently performed Comedy Central’s first live stand-up special at Radio City Music Hall, and regularly sells out huge venues around the country, but isn’t usually a festival performer.
Each comic will headline one night of the festival, which features over a dozen venues hosting more then 50 different events over the weekend. The order and location of their performances are as follows:
Lewis Black – August 4th, 7:30 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Trevor Noah – August 5th, 8:30 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts
Brian Regan – August 6th, 8 p.m. at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena
The event will also includes a couple panels, including a discussion with the Farrelly Brothers, creators of Dumb and Dumber, Kingpin, and There’s Something about Mary, moderated by author Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. Another panel will feature a roundtable discussion with Kelly Carlin, Rain Pryor, and Kitty Bruce, the daughters of George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Lenny Bruce, respectively.
The National Comedy Center made news last year when it brought in a host of comedy royalty, including the families of George Carlin, Milton Berle, Joan Rivers, and Harold Ramis, in order to break ground on a $45 million dollar comedy center that will act as a monument to the art form, and will include a comedy school and stand-up venue.
Needless to say, the National Comedy Center is working tirelessly to praise the brilliant comics working today while also preserving the legacies of the comics of old, without whom we wouldn’t have the likes of Noah, Black, and Regan. For that reason, this festival, and the organization hosting it, deserves all of the support in the world from comedy fans and art fans alike.
The Lucile Ball Comedy Festival will take place August 4th – 7th in Jamestown, New York. Tickets and more information can be found on the festival’s website.