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Joan Rivers kicks off Lucy's 100th birthday celebration

Comedy legend Joan Rivers
photo courtesy of joan.co
Comedy legend Joan Rivers

By Joyce Kryszak

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Jamestown, NY – Next week is Lucille Ball's 100th birthday and the Lucy Desi Center in Jamestown is celebrating the landmark in a big, new way. The center will hold its first annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy.

But this isn't just a party. The mission of the five-day event is to continue Lucy's "legacy of laughter."

It will feature a comedy college, a comedy showcase and, of course, a line-up of special comedy guest stars. Joan Rivers, a comedy legend in her own right, headlines the event.

WBFO's Joyce Kryszak talked with Rivers by phone for a candid conversation about the state of comedy. Rivers said comedy doesn't need to be revived.

Rivers performs for the the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy in Jamestown at 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, August 4 in the Reg Lenna Civic Center.