Comedy album recorded during Lucille Ball Comedy Festival released

JAMESTOWN – The Lucy Desi Center for Comedy has released its first comedy album, “Live From Jamestown: Late Night @ Lucy Comedy Fest.”

The album, which was recorded during the 2013 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud and anywhere comedy content is sold. Physical copies of the album ($10) may also be purchased at the Lucy Desi Museum gift shop at 2 W. 3rd Street or online at shop.lucy-desi.com.

Performed and recorded over three nights of “Comedy Late Night” (including new, uncensored material) in Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown, “Live From Jamestown” features the talents of Myq Kaplan, Jackie Kashian, Mark Normand, Joe Machi, Sean Keane, Kelly MacFarland, Harrison Greenbaum, Andi Smith, Calise Hawkins, Keith Alberstadt, Josh Gondelman, Andy Hendrickson, Kelly Collette, Jim Tews and Andy Sandford. The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown to support contemporary comedy of all kinds and showcase rising new talent.

To hear free sample tracks, visit the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival SoundCloud page at: www.soundcloud.com/lucilleballcomedyfestival.

Additionally, Brazil Craft Beer & Wine Lounge, located at 10 E. 4th St., hosted an album release party on Wednesday, May 7 from 5-8 p.m. Raffles of comedy albums and festival tickets were be awarded to attendees every half hour.

Rooftop Comedy, based in San Francisco, co-produced “Live From Jamestown” in 2013 and will be returning in 2014 to record a second album featuring the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. Rooftop Comedy records, produces and distributes live comedy performances and scripted original comedy series from some of today’s best comedic talents, and also produces original event programming for comedic events and festivals.

Confirmed comedians for “Comedy Late Night” in 2014 include Caroline Rhea, Andrew Norelli, Carmen Lynch, Kerri Louise, Moody McCarthy, Mike Brody and Pete Lee.

To purchase tickets to this year’s “Comedy Late Night” series on Aug. 7, 8, and 9 at 10:30 p.m., call the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy box office at (716) 484-0800 or visit www.lucycomedyfest.com. Tickets are $15 for each nights’ performance.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is the first pillar in a four-pillar Legacy of Laughter vision for the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, including a comedic arts education program, a comedy film festival and the establishment of the first National Comedy Center. The 2014 festival will feature performances by Jay Leno, Lucie Arnaz, Tom Cotter, a Stand-Up Showcase featuring comedian Caroline Rhea, the return of “Comedy Late Night” co-produced by Rooftop Comedy and over 50 events in five days. Past festivals have featured Ray Romano, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, Bill Engvall, Kathleen Madigan, Billy Gardell, Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone, Tammy Pescatelli, and many more.

Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown honors the legacy of “The First Couple of Comedy” with the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy. The museum attraction is open seven days a week, and features replica sets, Lucille Ball’s Emmy awards, costumes, rare memorabilia, and much more.

Tripling in size in 2006, the mission of the museum and center for comedy 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. For additional information on the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, as well as its online gift shop, visit www.lucy-desi.com.