In an effort to showcase the very best in American comedy in Jamestown, Joan Rivers joined us to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birth date in the most fitting way possible; laughter. She gave an unforgettable performance and embodied what it means to be a true entertainer: She gave everything she had to the audience. Her presence has been a key factor in the realization of Lucille Ball’s wish for her hometown: to celebrate and honor the best in comedy. Like Lucy, Joan changed the face of comedy for women on TV. Her performances on Ed Sullivan and Johnny Carson as early as 1965 were groundbreaking.
Our deepest condolences go to her loved ones and to the innumerable fans and comedians she inspired. As with the recent loss of so many of our comedy legends, we will continue to celebrate Joan’s unique talents so that her legacy lives on for generations to come.
– Journey Gunderson, Executive Director, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum & Center for Comedy and National Comedy Center, Inc.