Comedy Festival in Jamestown canceled due to COVID-19

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Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the National Comedy Center has canceled this year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival in Jamestown. The event will now be held Aug. 4-8, 2021.

The cancellation, according the Comedy Center officials, is to ensure the health and safety of festival attendees, staff and volunteers. The precautionary measure was taken in consideration of CDC, federal, state and regional guidelines for the presentation of large group events.

Festival performances by comedian Jeff Foxworthy have been rescheduled for Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, and the Legends of SNL: David Spade, Kevin Nealon and Rob Schneider performance has been rescheduled for Saturday, Aug. 7, 2021.

All other events have also been rescheduled for the corresponding day and time in 2021. A schedule of events is available at ComedyCenter.org/Festival. More festival events will be added in the coming months.

“It is with tremendous sadness that we make the difficult decision to reschedule our Lucille Ball Comedy Festival – for the first time in our nearly 30 year history,” said National Comedy Center Executive Director Journey Gunderson. “We are grateful for the patience, understanding and continued support of our festival attendees, sponsors, volunteers and staff, and our Jamestown and Chautauqua County community during this challenging time.”

“We do not make this decision lightly, understanding that our annual festival draws attendees from over 40 U.S. states and not only has a direct effect on the revenue of our non-profit cultural institution but also affects the business of local hotels, restaurants, attractions and event venues, and retailers throughout our community. We look forward to presenting an outstanding comedy festival experience here in Jamestown in August 2021, as we officially celebrate the festival’s 30th anniversary.”

Current ticket holders will have their tickets transferred automatically to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival, unless they choose a different option.

Ticket holders will have several options to consider:

Transfer tickets to the same shows and events for the 2021 festival. New ticket will automatically be issued to ticket holders within the next several weeks.

Donate the value of their tickets to the non-profit National Comedy Center as a tax-deductible contribution during this critical time.

Exchange the value of their tickets for a National Comedy Center gift card to be used for admission, membership, future event tickets or merchandise.

Receive a full refund for their ticket purchase by selecting this option by July 15, 2020.


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