Lucille Ball Comedy Festival adds acts

Vivian Vance, left, is Ethel Mertz, and Lucille Ball is the irrepressable Lucy Ricardo, in the "I Love Lucy Christmas Special", Nov. 1956, an episode of the original “I Love Lucy” series which has been specially colorized for this rebroadcast (only the second in 33 years. (AP Photo)

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – The National Comedy Center has announced that Nick Offerman, Melissa Rivers, Kelly Carlin and the Story Pirates kids-comedy show will join Jerry Seinfeld as featured performers during the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, July 31 – August 2.

Ticket pre-sale will begin for members on May 11 at noon. Remaining tickets will go on-sale beginning May 18 at noon. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling festival box office at (716) 484-0800. Jerry Seinfield will perform two shows during the festival which are both sold out.

Nick Offerman, known for his role of Ron Swanson on “Parks & Recreation” will perform on July 31.

Melissa Rivers and Kelly Carlin, daughters of Joan Rivers and George Carlin, will take part in a comedy roundtable July 31. The discussion will feature an in-depth look at the careers of comedic greats, as well as the impact of their contributions to modern culture.

Kelly Carlin will also bring her one women show, Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George, to Jamestown on August 1.

The opening night of the festival, July 30, will see the return of Stand-Up Showcase featuring comedians Beth Stelling, Pete Lee, and Pat McGann. This show is free to attend for all U.S. military past and present.

This non-profit creative writing organization Story Pirates performs shows based on stories written by children. Kids can submit stories online at for a chance to have their story performed. This show is free to attend thanks and is appropriate for ages 4 – 12.

“Ball wanted people to celebrate all comedy in honoring her legacy,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director for the National Comedy Center. “This festival and the National Comedy Center do just that. From retrospectives on George Carlin and Joan Rivers to live performances by today’s rising voices and established stars, Jamestown celebrates the craft and it’s contributors.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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