The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy has announced that Tammy Pescatelli will be joining a star-studded lineup that includes Billy Gardell and Paula Poundstone for its annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Aug. 1-5.
Pescatelli, winner of Comedy Central's 2010 Stand-Up Showdown, will be performing at the Stand-Up Showcase on Aug. 3. Lucie Arnaz, daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, will be the host and musical guest of the showcase Friday. Tickets are on sale at LucyComedyFest.com.
Being one of the final five on NBC's Last Comic Standing 2 catapulted Pescatelli's career. She has appeared twice as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and has also appeared on National Lampoon's Funny Money, NBC's Last Comic Standing: The Best of the Best, and Comedy Central's The World Stands Up!
Pescatelli also recently appeared in her own half-hour special for Comedy Central, Comedy Central Presents: Tammy Pescatelli. More recently, she has performed on TBS's Evening at the Laugh Factory, Last Call with Carson Daly, has been a guest a number of times on the syndicated show Comics Unleashed and was chosen for their Best of the Best worldwide top-selling DVD.
The Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy takes place Aug. 1-5 and features Billy Gardell, star of the CBS hit Mike & Molly and his own 2011 Comedy Central Special: Halftime, Paula Poundstone, named one of the Top 100 Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central, The Story Pirates, a critically acclaimed kids comedy show that recently performed live with Conan O'Brien, and much more in addition to Pescatelli and Arnaz.
Tickets for Live Lucy Radio Plays, Dinner Theater with The Ricardos & Mertzes, the first ever Lucy Olympics, a "Party on the Plaza" which features live music & spirits, museum & town tours, Late Night Comedy shows in the Tropicana Room, and more are available at LucyComedyFest.com or by phone at 484-0800.
THE LUCILLE BALL COMEDY FESTIVAL
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, or "Lucy Fest," embodies Ball's vision for her hometown legacy: a celebration of the comedic arts held annually on the weekend closest to her birth date, Aug. 6.
According to an economic impact study conducted by Buffalo firm Paradigm Economics, the 2011 five-day festival saw 13,000 in attendance and had a direct impact of $3.6 million on Chautauqua County.
The 2011 Lucy Fest featured more than 10 comedians from NYC, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco and Los Angeles performing over five days, and made international news with the setting of a Guinness World Record for "Most People Dressed as Lucy Ricardo" with 916 on Lucille Ball's 100th birthday.
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is the first pillar in a four-pillar Legacy of Laughter vision for the organization including a comedic arts education program, comedy film festival and the establishment of the first national comedy museum and hall of fame.
The mission of the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts.
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