Free Family Comedy Show; Rhea Showcase Free to Veterans

Caroline Rhea & Nels Ross
Caroline Rhea & Nels Ross

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The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will present an evening showcase with Caroline Rhea free to veterans of the U.S. military, as well as a free family comedy show this August.
Saturday, August 9 at Noon, renowned kid-friendly comedian Nels Ross will perform a free show at the downtown Jamestown Train Station. Ross has toured or trained with instructors from Ringling Brothers, Broadway, and Cirque du Soleil; has written for Juggle magazine; and is among the most sought-after family-friendly comedians in the business, known for his ability to make adults laugh as much as kids. This show is good for all ages.
Thursday, August 7 at 8 p.m., comedian Caroline Rhea performs and hosts a Stand-Up Showcase at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts that is ticketed, but free to all veterans of the U.S. military.
Rhea, an accomplished and famed comic in television and touring, hosts a showcase that includes Moody McCarthy (Letterman, Last Comic Standing, Jimmy Kimmel, Star Search), Carmen Lynch (Last Comic Standing, COMEDY CENTRAL’s Premium Blend) and Andrew Norelli (Letterman, Kimmel, Ferguson, COMEDY CENTRAL’s Live at Gotham). Andrew Norelli is back by popular demand after making a splash opening for Joan Rivers in Jamestown in 2011.
From 5-6 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday, August 8-9, the festival also presents a FREE Comedy Happy Hour at the downtown Jamestown train station. While the show is free, beer and wine will be available for purchase.
This year’s festival features over 50 events in five days, including performances by Jay Leno, Lucie Arnaz, and Tom Cotter from America’s Got Talent.
Additional events include a live album recording during three nights of Comedy Late Night (Thurs., Fri. & Sat., Aug. 7-9 @ 10:30 p.m.) , the Vintage Lucille “Ball” sponsored by the Dykeman Young Gallery & Vintage Emporium (Wed., Aug. 6), hometown bus and cemetery tours, and block parties with bands, beer and wine before and after both Tom Cotter’s and Jay Leno’s performances.
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