Comedy Center Announces 2018 Festival Headliners

The National Comedy Center announced Tuesday that its grand opening will be highlighted by the appearances of Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd and Lily Tomlin this summer — which will coincide with the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival from Aug. 1-5. Submitted photos

National Comedy Center officials are once again delivering on their promise of bringing well-known comedians to Jamestown.

The comedy center announced Tuesday that its grand opening will be highlighted by the appearances of Amy Schumer, Lily Tomlin and Dan Aykroyd this summer — which will coincide with the 2018 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival from Aug. 1-5.

Schumer will deliver her performance “Amy Schumer and Friends” at Northwest Arena on Friday, Aug. 3, while Tomlin will present “An Evening of Classic Lily Tomlin” on Saturday, Aug. 4, at The Reg Lenna Center for The Arts. These events will be preceded by the Thursday, Aug. 2, roundtable discussion between original “Saturday Night Live” cast members Aykroyd, Laraine Newman and Garrett Morris — along with original writer, Alan Zweibel — to share stories and laughs in a conversation about the show’s early years.

“Offering four brilliant minds from the show that broke the late-night television mold is not only a glimpse into the creation of ‘Saturday Night Live,’ but also a sampling of the National Comedy Center’s core mission to share the story of comedy,” said Malachi Livermore, director of operations and programming for the National Comedy Center.

The opening celebration will feature more than 50 events and 40 artists that include the innovators, creators and legends of comedy. Tickets will go on pre-sale to members of the National Comedy Center on Friday, April 27, at noon, and to the public on Friday, May 4, at noon. They can be purchased by visiting nationalcomedycenter.org, calling 484-0800 or visiting the festival box office at 2 W. Third St. in Jamestown.

Continuing an annual series of National Comedy Center dialogues, Violet Ramis Stiel will offer a stage conversation about her new book, “Ghostbuster’s Daughter: Life with My Dad, Harold Ramis.” Festival partner COZI TV will also present a special “Conversation with Fran Drescher” as part of the opening week events. The “Nanny” star will share insights on her storied life and career influences, including Lucille Ball, on Aug. 3.

See Wednesday’s edition of The Post-Journal for complete coverage.