LEGACY OF LAUGHTER
The mission of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts.
The Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy continues its strategy for establishing Jamestown as a destination for comedy through its programming and Legacy of Laughter Plan:
1) Produce a comedy festival of national scope and quality, celebrating comedic artists and art form.
2) Foster professional development through comedic arts education and industry incubation.
3) Develop a comedy film festival paying tribute to the production side of the Desilu legacy.
4) Establish Jamestown as the home of the National Comedy Center.
POINTS OF GROWTH IN 2013
Album production: The live comedy album “Live From Jamestown: Late Night @ Lucy Comedy Fest” was recorded over three nights of “late night comedy” during the 2013 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival and co-produced by San Francisco-based Rooftop Comedy. Featured artists will interview on SiriusXM in promotion of the album release. Fifteen album tracks from 15 rising artists currently “spin” via TuneCore into a dozen digital distribution outlets so that listeners worldwide can come across and consume comedy content produced in Jamestown on iTunes, Pandora™, Spotify™, etc.
Pandora™ Channels: In addition to attending the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in August, the head comedy curator from Pandora Internet Radio™ created two channels: Lucille Ball Comedy Fest Radio and Lucy Desi Center Radio. The former includes contemporary comedy from artists who have appeared in Jamestown, the latter more nostalgic content including actual 1940s radio comedies of Lucille Ball’s, and the music of Desi Arnaz.
Expansion of the 2013 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival: 50 events in five days, more than 30 artists & performers, 11 venues, and an impact on the bottom lines of more than 40 regional businesses. This year saw a 21% increase in ticket sales with more local attendance than recent years, yet still 51% of ticket-buyer zip codes were from outside NYS. The breadth and magnitude of programming increased as well, presenting a color-coded schedule of contemporary comedy, nostalgic/historical content, “friend of fest” programming, and educational workshops. The healing power of laughter was a value extended into programming by presenting a show free to all military veterans, made up of comedians who served in the armed forces. Foot traffic was specifically driven to events at the Gateway Train Station, introducing awed visitors from 37 U.S. states to Jamestown’s proposed National Comedy Center site.