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National Comedy Center

Based on advance ticket sales, visitors from 45 different states will make their way to Jamestown this week for  the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. For Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the National Comedy Center, the numbers add to the Center's reputation as a driver of economic development. The festival, which begins today, features a number of events and several nationally-known comedians, including John Mulaney, Sebastian Maniscalco and Lewis Black.  

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The National Comedy Center opened Wednesday in Jamestown with big fanfare and lots of laughs.

With Kevin James and Jim Gaffigan headlining next week's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, the Jamestown event is once again featuring top comedic talent.  Meanwhile, notable comics like Lewis Black and David Steinberg are helping to expand the scope of the festival by hosting conversations on the cultural relevance of their art.

National Comedy Center

As Jamestown officials intensify efforts to market the Southern Tier city as a hub for humor, the National Comedy Center has announced its headliner for the 2017 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

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He grew up in Apartheid-era South Africa as the child of mixed-race parents. He later became best known as the comedian who replaced longtime Daily Show host Jon Stewart. Trevor Noah is performing in Jamestown Friday evening as part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.

Courtesy of the Facebook page "We Love Lucy Get Rid of this Statue"

Residents of Lucille Ball's upstate New York hometown of Celoron say they want to replace a scary looking bronze statue of the actress. 

Seinfeld coming to Jamestown

Nov 28, 2014
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As the area's massive snow piles dominated the local and national news for many days recently, a notable development in Chautauqua County may have gone unnoticed. Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld has been booked as the headline act at the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.

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It didn't take long to sell out Jay Leno's headline appearance this Saturday as part of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Organizers hope that enthusiasm spreads to the many events that make up the five-day festival which begins today in Jamestown.

Jay Leno to headline Lucille Ball Festival

Apr 9, 2014
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After years of attracting top names in comedy to their annual event in Jamestown, organizers may have reached new heights today by announcing that Jay Leno will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Festival.

Bill Engvall will headline Lucille Ball Festival

Apr 12, 2013

Earlier Friday, organizers announced the lineup for this summer's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.  Standup comic star Bill Engvall will headline the event, becoming  the latest in big-name acts to perform at the emerging Chautauqua County event.

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Though 13,000 people trekked to Jamestown for last year's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, organizers are hoping for more this year and, with the big names set to appear, it may be able to achieve that goal.

Paula Poundstone takes the stage Thursday at the Reg Lenna Civic Center. Named one of Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Comics of All Time, Poundstone, not surprisingly, admires the legendary work of Lucille Ball. It's a passion she shares with her kids, though they were never allowed to watch Lucy on television.

Billy Gardell of the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," and Paula Poundstone are among the major acts appearing at Jamestown's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August.

According to Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy Desi Center in Jamestown, last year's event drew 13,000 visitors and sparked $3.6 million in economic activity.