JAMESTOWN, NY – May 21, 2014 – The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy is partnering with Infinity Visual & Performing Arts and hosting four comedy workshops over the next two weeks for the annual Chautauqua in Bloom series, May 24 – June 20. Registration for each workshop costs $30, and tickets may be purchased by visiting www.lucycomedyfest.com or calling (716)484-0800. All comedy classes will be held at the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, 2 W. 3rd Street.
Classes will include an Intro to Stand-Up Comedy (Saturday, May 24 at noon), Intro to Improv Comedy (Saturday, May 24 at 3pm), Desi Arnaz’s Conga Workshop (Saturday, May 31 at noon) and a Lucy Art Class with Gary Peters (Friday, June 6 at noon). All workshops will be taught by professional instructors from Infinity Performing Arts, and are approximately 90 minutes in length.
Chautauqua in Bloom, a season of learning throughout Chautauqua County, celebrates the 140 year-old tradition of lifelong and experiential learning started by Chautauqua Institution. Dozens of workshops will be offered during the four week festival in addition to comedic workshops, and include subjects such as birding, music, art, brewing, and wine and food pairings. Details and a full schedule of workshops can be found on the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau’s website at www.tourchautauqua.com.
Lucille Ball envisioned Jamestown, NY as a city that would foster professional development through comedic arts education, and these comedic workshops are in line with that vision. In addition to comedic arts education, the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy’s four-pillar Legacy of Laughter plan includes the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, a comedy film festival and the establishment of the first National Comedy Center.
On August 6-10, 2014, the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will feature performances by Jay Leno, Lucie Arnaz, Tom Cotter, a Stand-Up Showcase featuring comedian Caroline Rhea, the return of Comedy Late Night and over 50 events in five days. Past festivals have featured Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, Billy Gardell, Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone, Tammy Pescatelli, and many more.
Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, NY honors the legacy of “The First Couple of Comedy” with the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. The museum attraction is open seven days a week, and features replica sets, Lucille Ball’s Emmy awards, costumes, rare memorabilia, and much more.
Tripling in size in 2006, the mission of the museum and center for comedy is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts. For additional information on the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, as well as its online gift shop, visit www.lucy-desi.com.