Virtual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival kicks off Friday

The National Comedy Center’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will be held virtually this year.

The National Comedy Center is presenting its Lucille Ball Comedy Festival virtually this year, featuring conversations with a diverse lineup of artists, starting this Friday and streaming over three weekends throughout August.

Over 30 artists from stand-up, theater, television and film will be featured in all-new, candid, in-depth conversations about their work, careers, influences and the art of comedy.

The virtual festival will also recognize founding National Comedy Center Advisory Board Member and comedy legend Carl Reiner, who passed away just six weeks ago, by featuring a long-form interview with exclusive, never-before-seen footage with Reiner directly from the Comedy Center Archives.

All programs will be available free online via livestream at the National Comedy Center’s new online platform, National Comedy Center Anywhere, at ComedyCenter.org/Festival as well as via Facebook Live on the National Comedy Center’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/NationalComedyCenter. Following each live stream, these programs will remain available for free, on-demand viewing on the National Comedy Center Anywhere platform.

The complete schedule and list of talent participating includes:


¯ 8 p.m. — Jay Leno and hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 1)

¯ 9 p.m. — Roy Wood Jr. and hosted by Wayne Federman

¯ 10 p.m. — Margaret Cho and hosted by Judy Gold


¯ 8 p.m. — Jay Leno and hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 2)

¯ 9 p.m. — Sam Jay and hosted by Harrison Greenbaum


¯ 8 p.m. — Mad Magazine: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum


¯ 8 p.m. — Bill Engvall and hosted by Rutledge Wood

¯ 9 p.m. — Howie Mandel and hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

¯ 10 p.m. — Dulce Sloan and hosted by Charles McBee


¯ 8 p.m. — Tiffany Haddish and hosted by Flame Monroe

¯ 9 p.m. — Kenan Thompson and hosted by Stephen J. Morrison

¯ 10 p.m. — Judy Gold and hosted by Frank DeCaro


¯ 8 p.m. — Alan Zweibel and hosted by Kelly Carlin


¯ 8 p.m. — Mark Russell and hosted by Lewis Black

¯ 9 p.m. — Aidy Bryant and Lolly Adefope and hosted by Anna Drezen

¯ 10 p.m. — Gilbert Gottfried with special guest Penn Jillette and hosted by Harrison Greenbaum


¯ 8 p.m. – “Weird Al” Yankovic and hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda

¯ 9 p.m. — Kate Flannery: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg – Comedic actress Kate Flannery, best known for her work on The Office, reflects on her acting career and the 15th anniversary of the popular TV series in a National Comedy Center Conversation with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg.


¯ 8 p.m. — Carl Reiner Iinterview from the archives and hosted by Paula Poundstone and Stephen J. Morrison


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