Martin Short won't be the only celebrity taking the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts stage during the inaugural Lucy Town Race.
Short, who is set to appear at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, will provide area residents with the opportunity to witness an interview between the overweight journalist Jiminy Glick, of "Primetime Glick" and recently retired Jamestown Public Schools superintendent, Deke Kathman.
According to Journey Gunderson, executive director for the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy, its an honor to have such an esteemed member of the community represent Jamestown.
"I'm really excited to have Deke be the interviewee because he has been such a well-known, influential member of our community for decades," Gunderson said. "This just shows what a good sport he is, and that he is a supporter of the comedy scene in Jamestown."
Kathman was surprised by the offer to do the interview, and is a bit unnerved by the idea of meeting with Jiminy Glick, he said.
"I felt scared to death - frankly," Kathman said. "If you know Jiminy Glick, and the kind of personality he is, then you have no idea where he is going to be coming from."
Yet, Kathman was able to overcome his fear in order to face Jiminy Glick on stage. Mostly, he said, because he wishes to offer his support to the organizations who helped put the one-night Short show together.
"For Chautauqua Striders, the Jamestown Savings Bank Arena and the Lucy-Desi Center for Comedy, I felt obliged to do what I could - so I said yes," Kathman said.
In order to prepare for the interview, Kathman said he will do nothing. But, he has high hopes that it will be fun, not just for him, but also for the audience.
"I am not preparing - that would be completely fruitless," Kathman said. "It's going to be what it's going to be, and whatever happens, happens."
Held in conjunction with Short's performance is the The Lucy Town Half Marathon and 5K, which is set for Saturday and Sunday. The 5k run will be held Saturday, and the 13.1-mile half-marathon is set for Sunday.
Tickets to Short's Saturday performance start at $37.50. The Reg Lenna Center for the Arts is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. For more information, call 484-0800 or visit www.lucyrace.com.