The Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy in Jamestown is in support of the Celoron Mayor’s effort to commission a new Lucille Ball statue from a new artist. That will be a positive thing for Celoron, and for Jamestown’s more than 20,000 annual museum visitors and 10,000 comedy festival attendees.
Jamestown celebrates the legacy in the form of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, featuring more than 25 comedic artists and 2015 headliner Jerry Seinfeld, and with the development of the first national-scale attraction celebrating comedy: the National Comedy Center, embodying Ball’s vision for Jamestown as a destination for comedy and celebration of the comedic arts. Celoron’s Lucille Ball Memorial Park, including the Desi Arnaz Bandshell, makes a great complement to that. Lucille Ball would probably find the humor in all of this; it’s like a ‘Lucy’ episode come to life.
- Journey Gunderson, Executive Director of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and Center for Comedy, National Comedy Center, Inc.; April 8, 2015