Lucy Comedy Fest Preview

Tickets to see Jay Leno and Lucie Arnaz have been sold out for weeks, but the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has many other events planned for those looking to laugh and have fun all week. 

TOM COTTER: Don't miss out on your chance to see Tom Cotter in Jamestown. Cotter will be performing at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Friday, August 8th and recently became the first comedian to reach the finals of NBC's America's Got Talent. Before America's Got Talent, Cotter won the Seattle International Comedy Competition, the grand prize at the Boston Comedy Festival, and was voted "Best Stand-Up" at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival. Comedian Kerri Louise, who has appeared on Last Comic Standing and The Oprah Winfrey Show, will be the opening performance.
FREE BLOCK PARTIES: There will be two FREE Block Parties taking place from 6:00 to 11:00pm on both Friday & Saturday night during the festival. On Friday, the first block party will take place outside the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts prior to and following Tom Cotter's performance and will feature live music, beer and wine tents, and more. On Saturday, the block party will move to the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and will feature a car show, vendors, grape stomping, chocolate wrapping, beer, wine, and live music.

COMEDY LATE NIGHT: Looking for something to do after watching the Stand-Up Showcase (8/7), Tom Cotter (8/8), and Jay Leno (8/9)? Check out Comedy Late Night! Three nights of comedy will take place at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum from August 7-9 at 10:30pm featuring rising talent from across the country. Each night of comedy is different from the next, and a live comedy album will be recorded by San Francisco-based Rooftop Comedy for a second consecutive year. Featured performers include Sean Donnelly, Chet Wild, Rick Matthews, Jarwan Nelson, Emma Willmann, Mike Brody, Pete Lee, Mike Cody and Tony Deyo. Beer and wine served at additional cost. The 2013 comedy album, Live From Jamestown: Late Night @ Lucy Comedy Fest, is available at and anywhere comedy content is sold.

STAND-UP SHOWCASE W/ CAROLINE RHEA: On the evening of August 7th, a Stand-Up Showcase headlined by Caroline Rhea and featuring Moody McCarthy, Carmen Lynch and Andrew Norelli will take place at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. In celebration of the healing powers of laughter, this performance is FREE for all U.S. military past & present for their service to our country. Rhea, who starred in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and is a former host of The Biggest Loser and The Caroline Rhea Show, will headline the showcase and be joined by three rising comedians whose credentials include performances on Leno, Letterman, Conan and more.

MORE FREE EVENTS!: In addition to the FREE block parties held before and after both Tom Cotter's and Jay Leno's performances, several other FREE events will be taking place during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival . Enjoy FREEComedy Happy Hours (Jamestown Gateway Train Station, Aug 8-9, 5pm), a FREE Lucy Fashion Show with costume designer Ret Turner (Jamestown Gateway Train Station, Aug 9, 2pm), and FREE Family Comedy with Nels Ross (Jamestown Gateway Train Station, Aug 9, noon)!

There are many other events planned for the weekend including grape stomping, bus tours, classes, and much more. To get more information, visit

Since we are talking about the arts this week, this would be a great time to share with you a new video we put together that highlights different aspects of the local art community. This video features the 3rd on 3rd Gallery at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, the Dykeman-Young Gallery, Infinity Performing Arts, Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet, and the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation.