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A star-studded lineup has been released for the unveiling of the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, coinciding with the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin, Dan Aykroyd and alumni from the original season of "Saturday Night Live" are slated to perform Aug. 1-5 at venues near the comedy center, 2 W. Third St., Jamestown. Tickets will be ava…

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Lucille Ball had a dream. She envisioned a festival of contemporary comedy being held in her name. But the madcap heroine of "I Love Lucy" might not have imagined the scope of the annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, held annually since 1996 in Jamestown, where she was born on Aug. 6, 1911. The festival centers on the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, home to tons of "…

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Some of the funniest people in the world will converge on Jamestown and the Southern Tier this week, as the National Comedy Center presents its annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival July 31 to Aug. 6. In addition to dozens of comedy and standup shows throughout the week, the Festival is hosting a number of discussions, exhibits and celebrations with comics. Here’s a rundo…

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Trevor Noah, Lewis Black and Brian Regan will headline the 2016 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. The annual comedy festival will take place Aug. 4-7 in Jamestown, the comedian's hometown. More than 50 events are scheduled including headlining evening performances for Black (Aug. 4), Noah (Aug. 5) and Regan (Aug. 6) at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, 116 E. Third St., Jame…

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JAMESTOWN – Legendary comedian Bob Newhart says he’s thrilled to be coming to Jamestown on Saturday to perform a stand-up routine in honor of Lucille Ball.“I played at Chautauqua [Institution]a number of years ago and I remember that it was just beautiful,” he said. “It was sort of like taking a step back in time. I was waiting for Willia…

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Don’t blink, cough or stop to think when you’re watching Tom Cotter. Even the briefest diversion will make you miss the joke. That’s because Cotter, 51, practices a style of stand-up called “misdirection.” He sets up the joke, delivers the punchline, and then tags it with puns, innuendo and double entendres. And his delivery is rapid-fire, which gave Cotter a great advant…

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Caroline Rhea has been acting and performing stand-up since 1989, when she left her native Montreal for New York. She launched a career that’s included a steady stream of movie and TV work (you may recall her role as Aunt Hilda on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”) and comedy gigs. Rhea, 50, is bringing her stand-up to Jamestown on Thursday when she headlines the Lucille Ball …