Jeff Ross and Nicole Byer headline Comedy Festival

Nicole Byer

Comedians Jeff Ross and Nicole Byer will headline the first two nights of the 2024 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, scheduled this year from Aug. 1-4.

A third headliner that is confirmed for Aug 3 at the Northwest Arena will be announced mid-June.

“Roastmaster General” Jeff Ross, who brings his solo show Aug 2, was the creative force, co-host and producer of the recent blockbuster Netflix “Roast of Tom Brady” and in addition to his numerous high profile roast credits, is among the most respected stand-up comedians touring today.

Nicole Byer, performing Aug 1, has become widely known as the host of Nailed It!, the Netflix Emmy-nominated reality-competition baking series, and is one of the most distinctive voices in stand-up comedy today.

A third headliner that is confirmed to perform at Northwest Arena in Jamestown on Sat, Aug 3 will be announced in mid-June, and is one of the highest grossing stand-up comedians in 2024.

Jeff Ross

Both Byer’s performance on Thursday, August 1st and Ross’s performance on Friday, August 2nd will be held in Jamestown’s Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.

“Jeff Ross has been a genre-defining artist for decades, both continuing and revolutionizing the art of insult comedy. Beyond the roasts, he’s just a fantastic stand-up comedian, an incredible writer, and a genuine champion of the art form’s past and present, which I love about him,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center executive director.

Visits to the National Comedy Center’s “Art of the Roast” exhibit, featuring the history of insult comedy from the Dean Martin and Friars’ Club Roasts, through Comedy Central Roasts, Roast Battle, and highlighting artists from Don Rickles to Jeff Ross, can also be reserved with museum admission before live shows during the festival.

“Nicole Byer is a fearless performer with a candid, razor sharp take that brings the audience along for a fun ride. I’m thrilled to have her in this lineup and welcome her to Jamestown, where fans from across the country celebrate this craft with our award-winning comedy museum visitor experience by day, and the best live comedy shows by night,” Gunderson said.

Tickets for the Jeff Ross and Nicole Byer shows, along with other festival events will go on pre-sale for National Comedy Center members on Thursday, May 30, at noon, through Wednesday, June 5. Tickets go on sale to the general public June 6 at noon at ComedyCenter.org.

Late Night comedy shows, Lucy legacy events and more will also go on sale at that time.


Jeff Ross (also known as The “Roastmaster General”) performs Friday, Aug. 2. He most recently created, executive produced and co-hosted the blockbuster “The Greatest Roast of All Time: Tom Brady” – an all-star, live Netflix special which took the art of the roast to new heights as one of the most watched comedy specials in years.

Ross, called a one-man verbal assault unit, has been a staple on the Comedy Central roasts, and the series Roast Battle on Comedy Central, anchoring roasts of many of the industry’s most famous artists. Ross will perform his new solo show, “Take a Banana For the Ride,” in Jamestown, a journey through his life of laughter and loss. The semi-autobiographical show touches on some of the most poignant moments in the comedian’s career to chronicle how he became The Roastmaster, as he celebrates the lives of his grandfather, his best friends and his dog.

Ross has also used comedy specials to turn roasting into social commentary. With Jeff Ross Roasts Criminal, Jeff Ross Roasts Cops and Jeff Ross Roasts the Border, Jeff has shed light on some of the more polarizing political issues of our time. These specials have taken him to a maximum security prison, the Boston Police Department, and both sides of the Mexican border.


Nicole Byer will perform Thursday, Aug. 1, and is one of the most versatile and recognizable voices in the comedy landscape today. She has won acclaim recently for her Netflix specials Big Beautiful Weirdo and Comedians of the World and as the host of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated reality-competition baking series Nailed It!

Byer starred in NBC’s Grand Crew and was a fan favorite on MTV’s hit series Girl Code. Her past work includes the Above Average web series Pursuit of Sexiness, which she co-created and starred in alongside Sasheer Zamata, and the scripted comedy series Loosely Exactly Nicole. Her network television and feature work includes Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Lady Dynamite, Party Over Here, BoJack Horseman and 30 Rock. She regularly hosts the popular podcasts, Why Won’t You Date Me, and What the Tuck?


Six Comedy Late Night shows will take from Aug. 1-3 featuring more than 20 of the most popular artists currently performing in comedy clubs nationwide – with television appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, The Daily Show, Last Comic Standing, Netflix comedy specials, America’s Got Talent, and more.

“Our festival will honor the best of comedy’s past and present over four days from the nation’s best stand-ups, to three nights of bigger block parties with live music, Lucy celebration events feature fan-favorite and Ball’s personal secretary Wanda Clark, Diane Vincent, who has appeared as Lucy at Universal Studios Hollywood and the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival since 1999, in her final Jamestown festival appearance as we reunite the I Love Lucy “Fab Four, including Ethel, Ricky and Fred, and over 50 events,” said Malachi Livermore, National Comedy Center vice president of programming and guest experience.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is presented by the National Comedy Center and embodies Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown, Jamestown, to be a destination for the celebration of the comedic arts and to showcase new comedic talent from around the country. The festival attracts more than 15,000 attendees annually from nearly every state in the country, who come together to share laughter while honoring the craft and contributors on stage at dozens of venues throughout Jamestown, including the National Comedy Center and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum.

Now in its 34th year, the festival has featured comedy’s greatest stars and rising young comedians and has welcomed more than 300 artists to Jamestown, including Jerry Seinfeld, Lily Tomlin, John Mulaney, Trevor Noah, Jeff Foxworthy, Jay Leno, Sebastian Maniscalco, Amy Schumer, David Spade, Margaret Cho, Brian Regan, Ellen DeGeneres, Lewis Black, W. Kamau Bell, Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Nealon, Paula Poundstone, Dan Aykroyd, Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, the Smothers Brothers. and more than 100 other comedic artists. Last year’s festival featured comedians Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and Taylor Tomlinson.


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