May 20, 2008

Komedy Kollege Workshops To Be Part Of Lucy-Desi Days

The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center will host a Komedy Kollege to teach such clown techniques as juggling, clowning and balloon tying.

Lucille Ball performed with numerous famous clowns, including Red Skelton and Harpo Marx. Teaching the skills supports the Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Center’s mission to enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter. Hour-long classes will be held each day at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. in Jamestown.

On Friday, May 23, professional juggler Dave Fultz of Kenmore will teach Juggling 101. All necessary props will be provided, including balls, cigar boxes, flower sticks and spinning plates. A juggler for more than 30 years, he has participated in juggling conventions and workshops including the annual Spring Juggle-In at Rochester Institute of Technology and Buffalo’s International Juggling Convention. His professional appearances include the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Bisons, Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Buffalo Public Schools.

On Saturday, May 24, multiple award-winning Squeeze the Clown will lead two sessions of Clowning 101. The classes will cover the different types of clowns, their origins, costuming and behaviors as well as discussion of comedy movement and what creates laughter. One of the top 10 clowns in the Clowns of America International competition, Squeeze has won silver and bronze medals at the World Clown Association and placed first for three consecutive years at the Mid Atlantic Clown Association. On Sunday, May 25, Squeeze will teach Ballooning 101.

A limited number of tickets are available for the workshops. For a festival booklet or to order tickets, call 484-0800, ext. 203, or visit the Lucy-Desi Center’s Web site.

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