Jay Leno to headline Lucille Ball Festival

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. – The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy has announced that comedians Jay Leno and Tom Cotter will headline the 2014 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Aug. 6-10.

Additionally, this year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will feature the return of Emmy Award-winning Lucie Arnaz, a “Comics to Watch” showcase hosted by comedian Caroline Rhea featuring some of the hottest rising comedians in the industry, three nights of Late-Night Comedy in the Tropicana Room with a live album recording co-produced by Rooftop Comedy, renowned “I Love Lucy” impersonators from Universal Studios, Lucille Ball’s five-time Emmy-award-winning costume designer Ret Turner, hometown bus tours, cemetery tours, Chautauqua Lake cruises, comedy workshops, an attempt to break the world record for most people stomping grapes in one location and more.

Pre-sale tickets can be purchased by visiting www.lucycomedyfest.com or calling the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy box office at (716) 484-0800.

Jay Leno, just stepping down this year from two decades of ratings domination as host of “The Tonight Show”, will be performing 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…it’s no wonder that Jay Leno is widely characterized as “the hardest working man in show business.”

Lucie Arnaz will return to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival as the featured musical guest during Jay Leno’s performance on Aug. 9. Arnaz has had an extremely diversified career spanning more than 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 perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts on Aug. 8, 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,” Tom 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.

Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. 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.