Comedian Martin Short will be the featured performer for the Lucy Town Half-Marathon and 5K weekend.
Chautauqua Striders, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy announced Tuesday the comedian will take the Reg Lenna Civic Center stage Oct. 12 for a 7:30 p.m. performance.
Short is widely known for his work in comedy, particularly through Second City Television and "Saturday Night Live," where he is both a former cast member and a three-time host - which recently earned him a spot in the 5-timers club skit in the SNL episode hosted by Justin Timberlake. He has starred in such iconic comedy films as "Three Amigos," "Mars Attacks!" "Father of the Bride" and its sequel, and has created the characters of Jiminy Glick and Ed Grimley.
Most recently, Short hosted the "Saturday Night Live Christmas 2012 Special," was named by Vanity Fair in their January 2013 issue as "Hollywood's Most Beloved Comedian" and is working with Lorne Michaels to create a new television show on NBC.
"I've personally talked to a number of people about comedians they would be interested in seeing," said Kurt Silcott, CEO for the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena.
"People locally, people in Buffalo and places within driving distance," Silcott continued. "I've mentioned a number of names, but one name always came back a winner; every person I asked has told me that they would go to great lengths to see Martin Short. I recall him in the movie 'Innerspace,' and I'm excited that he will be performing right here in Jamestown. I think we'll have people register for the race, simply to get the inside track to get tickets to his performance. We've seen the success of our Friday night comedy, and I believe that Jamestown has a thirst for comedy."
"Martin Short is one of those rare entertainers I can mention to my son, my husband, and my father and all of them want tickets," said Deb Kathman, executive director for Chautauqua Striders. "His popularity crosses generations, which will make for a really fun show."
An exclusive pre-sale window is available to registered race participants only from now until June 31 by visiting LucyRace.com or calling the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy at 484-0800 during regular office hours - Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registrants will be able to buy up to eight tickets at a time by entering a code received via email after registering for either the 5k or half marathon online. Race registration is also available at LucyRace.com.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 1 at 10 a.m.
"Martin Short is one of the great entertainers of our era," said Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucy Desi Center for Comedy. "He's a legend. The chance to see him live in Jamestown is once-in-a-lifetime."
Runners of all abilities will come to the Jamestown area on Oct.12-13m Columbus Day Weekend, for a weekend of events including a 5k run, a 13.1-mile half marathon, a sports expo at the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and a "Night of Comedy" featuring Martin Short. The 5k run will take place on Oct. 12, and the half marathon will be held Oct. 13. The goal of the weekend is to promote a healthy lifestyle and the Jamestown area.
The USATF-certified course, which begins and ends in Jamestown, runs through Lakewood and Celoron. The course travels near the childhood home of Jamestown's own Lucille Ball and the Lucille Ball Memorial Park.
David Reinhardt, competition director for Chautauqua Striders with 20 years expertise as a coach and track & field event organizer, will be consulting with USATF road racing colleagues from across the nation to put on a first-class race in Jamestown. Reinhardt has organized many large athletic events, and as the Entry and Results chair of the 2003 USATF Athletics National Championships in Buffalo, he oversaw the first ever online entry for more than 2,000 athletes.
Univera Healthcare is the presenting sponsor for the weekend's events.
Lucy Town organizers are still seeking groups or individuals to serve as event volunteers. No running experience is necessary as there are a wide variety of roles needed for the weekend event. Positions may be available for a wide array of skills and interest, ranging from registering athletes and distributing information, to providing course side refreshments at water and food stations. For more information or to sign up, visit LucyRace.com.