2023 Comedy Festival Kicks Off

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JAMESTOWN, NY (WNY News Now) – The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival returns to the City of Jamestown this week, we have an in depth look at the numerous events planned for the week ahead.

As the Executive Director of the Comedy Center, Journey Gunderson, tells us, the week of comedy kicks off today with two free events. The Free Family Variety Comedy Show at the Reg Lenna theater, as well as classic I Love Lucy Episode Screenings on National Comedy Center Jumbo Screens.  

On Thursday, everything comes to a head with a famous comedian taking the stage.

“Thursday night we have the block party in downtown Jamestown, with bands, and of course a performance by Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias at the arena, right outside the National Comedy Center,“ explained Gunderson. “Friday night we have Taylor Tomlinson, arguably the hottest ticket anywhere in the world right now. If you haven’t gotten your tickets for Taylor Tomlinson, they are moving fast, but you can still get some. Each night of the festival, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, there are late night comedy showcases at 9:30 and 11:30, those take place in the Tropicana Room. And that’s where you get to see some of the best club talent from coast to coast. These are comedians who have appeared on the Late Night Show, they are phenomenal. And then my favorite annual show of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is Saturday night, which is the Stand Up Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.     

She went on to say that the annual festival has transformed since the Comedy Center’s creation.

“The fact that we are in downtown Jamestown, and that visitors can experience a museum that is now on a list of the top 25 weekend getaways in the country, joining a list with Disney World and Disneyland is remarkable,“ stated Gunderson. 

Last year the Comedy Festival returned after a two year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, now the Comedy Center touts how they brought fun in a dark time.

“We have been so thrilled that this National Comedy Center Museum attraction in Jamestown, and the annual Lucille Comedy Festival have helped spurred the recovery from the COVID era and pulled Jamestown out of the pandemic,” explained Gunderson. “So we are thrilled with the momentum, we’re glad to be presenting a massive festival in downtown Jamestown again.”  


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