It’s a “thoroughly” for the return of a live, in-person Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
The National Comedy Center has announced that comedian Margaret Cho has joined the lineup, performing live on Thursday, August 4. Cho joins comedian Jeff Foxworthy and Saturday Night Live legends David Spade, Rob Schneider and Kevin Nealon for three straight nights of headlining shows at the 30th Live Festival.
A stand-up comedy showcase has also been added to the Wednesday, August 3 lineup. The full lineup includes over 50 live events taking place August 3-7.
Cho will perform at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Tickets will go on presale for National Comedy Center members only beginning Wednesday, June 1 at noon at ComedyCenter.org/Festival. The public on-sale date will be Monday, June 6 at noon.
“We all need a laugh after the past two years, so we’re thrilled the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is back and featuring some of comedy’s greatest talent: Margaret Cho, Jeff Foxworthy, Legends of SNL David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider, plus the nation’s top rising voices in comedy. The talent that descended on Jamestown that week is remarkable,” said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the National Comedy Center.
As a pioneering comedian, actress, musician and activist, Cho has five Grammy nominations and an Emmy for her groundbreaking work on 30 Rock. Rolling Stone magazine named Margaret one of the 50 best stand-up comics calling it “The kind of fun, sex-positive LGBT feminists and activists young comics continue to admire.”
Her legendary stand-up career has yielded over 10 comedy tours, television appearances (the hit The Masked Singer, HBO’s High Maintenance), podcasting (The Margaret Cho) and film, Netflix’s Good on Paper with Iliza Shlesinger and Auntie Ling in the Netflix premiere. major animated film, Over the Moon, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She recently debuted in two popular HBO Max shows, The Flight Attendant and Hacks, and stars in comedic horror film Fire Island slated for release this summer. Cho is a strong advocate for campaigns against racism, bullying, and gay rights, and has won numerous awards for her humanitarian efforts on behalf of women, Asian Americans, and the LGBTQ+ community.
“I am thrilled to perform for the first time at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – and thrilled to visit the National Comedy Center, which celebrates the art form and recognizes the importance of comedic artists, whose diverse voices push boundaries and move our society forward,” said Cho. “I can’t wait to see everyone in Jamestown this summer.”
“It is an honor to welcome Margaret Cho to the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival,” Gunderson said. “Margaret is brilliantly funny, fearless and original – a true master of the craft who opens our minds to the world around us while always making us laugh.”
To become a member of the National Comedy Center, visit ComedyCenter.org/membership or call the National Comedy Center at 716-484-2222. Memberships start at $50 and offer benefits including a full year “season pass” for visiting the famous National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
“Our 30th live, in-person Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will once again offer a wide variety of comedy for everyone – from comedy legends to the nation’s top emerging talent, with showcases, late-night comedy, children’s comedies, Lucy’s legacy events, free live music, block parties and more,” said Malachi Livermore, director of programming and guest experiences at the National Comedy Center. “If you haven’t purchased tickets yet, now is the time, before we start selling out many of these shows.”