April 22, 2013

Bill Engvall will headline Lucille Ball Festival


Organizers announced the lineup for this summer's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown.  Standup comic star Bill Engvall will headline the event, becoming  the latest in big-name acts to perform at the emerging Chautauqua County event.

While Engvall takes the stage on Saturday, August 3rd, Friday features Kathleen Madigan, star of two HBO specials and three Comedy Central specials.

Attracting quality acts is nothing new for the festival, according to Executive Director Journey Gunderson.

"The name Lucille Ball really still opens doors. It's a really powerful brand with a lot of momentum." 

That momentum has organizers thinking big.

Two well-known foundations have provided seed money to explore an ambitious comedy-related attraction for the Jamestown area, one that might evolve into a comic hall-of fame.

Gunderson believes the concept is getting a credibility boost by the formation of an advisory panel of entertainment industry insiders.

"The artists, the comedic artists, and that is how they'll be treated in this attraction, really need a say in how the subject matter is approached."

Gunderson says NPR regular Paula Poundstone, who has performed at the festival in the past, has offered some guidance on the project.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival runs in Jamestown, August 1-4, 2013.

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