JAMESTOWN, NY – May 8, 2014 – The Jay Leno performance, with featured musical guest Lucie Arnaz, set for August 9th during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival has sold out. With tickets going on sale on April 18th and selling out in three weeks, it’s now the fastest headline show to sell out in Lucille Ball Comedy Festival history. The performance, taking place at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena, will also feature a pre-show and post-show party outside the Arena featuring live bands, beer, wine, classic cars and more.
Although tickets to the Jay Leno show on August 9th are sold out, tickets are still available for over 50 other events taking place during the festival August 6-10, including performances by comedians Tom Cotter, who recently became the first comedian to reach the finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, and a Stand-Up Showcase featuring Caroline Rhea at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. To purchase festival tickets, contact the Lucy Desi Museum box office at (716)484-0800 or visit online at www.lucycomedyfest.com.
Jay Leno, just stepping down this year from two decades of ratings domination as host of The Tonight Show, will be performing in front of a sold-out audience in Jamestown on August 9th. Leno is an acclaimed TV late night show host, admired stand-up comedian, best-selling children’s book author, pioneering car builder and mechanic, and philanthropist.
Lucie Arnaz will return to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival as the featured musical guest during Jay Leno’s performance on August 9th. Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning over 45 years in show business, and has achieved success wearing the hats of producer, singer, actor and director. In 2012, Arnaz performed at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival as a musical guest during the “Comics to Watch” showcase featuring Baron Vaughn, Tony Deyo, and Tammy Pescatelli.
Tom Cotter, who will be performing at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on August 8th, recently became the first comedian to ever reach the finals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent and his runner-up finish on the show has catapulted him to the comedic stratosphere. 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.
On the evening of August 7th, the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy will bring back the popular Stand-Up Showcase back to the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, featuring some of the hottest rising comedians in the industry. Comedian Caroline Rhea, who starred in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and former host of The Biggest Loser, will host and perform during the showcase. Past festivals have featured then-rising comedians such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, and Lewis Black, and this showcase aims to catch comics on a similar rise to the top.
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is the first pillar in a four-pillar Legacy of Laughter vision for the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, including a comedic arts education program, a comedy film festival and the establishment of the first National Comedy Center. 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.