Second Maniscalco Show Added For Comedy Festival
The National Comedy Center announced that it has added a second show for headliner Sebastian Maniscalco after both his and John Mulaney’s shows sold out in the first day on sale to the public for the 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.
Maniscalco will now be performing two shows on Saturday, Aug. 10 — the added show at 5 p.m. and the previously announced sold-out show at 8 p.m. Both shows will take place in Jamestown’s Northwest Arena, adjacent to the $50 million, 37,000-square-feet National Comedy Center museum complex.
“We’ve never sold two arena shows this quickly,” said Journey Gunderson, National Comedy Center executive director. “With yet another show in that venue, and a new national attraction next door open all day, each day of the festival, the impact on Jamestown stands to be substantial. Thank goodness we’ve got two new hotels nearby.”
“This was already an expanded program for that weekend, so the fact that these shows sold out in a day says something — not only about the artists — but also about Jamestown’s role as a comedy destination,” said Malachi Livermore, National Comedy Center director of programming and guest experience. “This year’s Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is shaping up to be our biggest ever and we look forward to welcoming many more comedy fans to the National Comedy Center.”
Comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco has been called “one of the funniest comedians working stand-up today,” by Esquire Magazine, “one of the hottest comics,” by Newsday and “the comedian’s comedian” by People Magazine.
Maniscalco broke records last month with four sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden, selling the most tickets in a weekend for any comedy engagement in the history of the Garden. In 2018, Maniscalco broke similar comedy box-office records for Radio City Music Hall.
Maniscalco can currently be seen with Viggo Mortensen in the film “Green Book,” which won three Academy Awards.
Last November, Maniscalco won Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year award. In 2019, Maniscalco will be starring in Martin Scorsese’s new film “The Irishman,” with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci.
In addition to Maniscalco, comedian and writer John Mulaney headlines the festival with a sold-out show on Friday, Aug. 9. Mulaney, who just hosted Saturday Night Live this past Saturday, has been called “one of the best stand-up comics alive” by Entertainment Weekly. He began writing for “Saturday Night Live” in 2008, where he also appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created memorable characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He has spent the past year touring the United States with his most recent show, “Kid Gorgeous,” which was released as a Netflix original special last year and won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special.
To become a National Comedy Center member in order to gain first access to available seats during the pre-sale ticket window, visit ComedyCenter.org or call the National Comedy Center at 484-2222. Memberships start at $50 and provide benefits including a full year “season pass” for visiting the acclaimed National Comedy Center in Jamestown.
Tickets for this performance will go on pre-sale for National Comedy Center members only starting Wednesday at noon and on sale to the public on Friday at noon at ComedyCenter.org.
Some additional festival events are also currently on sale, while many more have yet to be announced, in a lineup that will celebrate comedy’s contemporary stars, rising voices, and historic legacies.
Additional Lucille Ball Comedy Festival events, including more than five comedy showcases, Late Night Comedy events, National Comedy Center Dialogues and Lucy legacy events will also be announced a ComedyCenter.org in the coming months.