Comedy Festival

First Of Three Block Parties Held Downtown

People enjoying live music from The Untouchables Band while enjoy meals from food trucks along East Third Street during the block party held prior to the Stand-Up Showcase at the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts. Thursday’s block party was the first of three, with the other two scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday along West Second Street in front of the National Comedy Center. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

If you like eating a freshly made food truck meal, enjoying an adult beverage and listening to live music while on a downtown street that has been closed off to traffic, then you might have been at the first of three block parities that will occur during the 2019 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

On Thursday, the first block party was held outside of the Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, located at 116 E. Third St. Those who attended were able to enjoy live music from The Untouchables band. Featured food trucks included Siri Thai Cuisine and O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Kitchen, with desserts from Full Moon Rising Bakery, located at 122 E. Third St. The block party also included beer and wine.

Adding proof to the festival not just drawing people from all over the country, but from all over the world, Ivan Garate of Peru attended the block party Thursday. He said this was his fifth consecutive year attending the annual festival in Jamestown. Garate boasted that he might be the only Peruvian that attends the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival.

“Because it is so beautiful,” he said about why he makes the journey from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere. “I love this place. I love the (National) Comedy Center.”

A Jamestown native, Linda Carlson, attended her first downtown block party, which has been occurring for several years during the comedy festival. She was in attendance because she is a fan of The Untouchables.

Ivan Garate of Peru is attending his fifth straight Lucille Ball Comedy Festival. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

“I love that band,” she said. “They’re awesome. They’re the best local band.”

Carlson said she enjoyed the atmosphere with the live music and several food trucks. She said she would have come last year to the block party when The Untouchables played if she had known about their performance.

“Oh, it’s great,” she said. “I like talking to my friends and my sister.”

Bob Schlick said he is no stranger to the downtown block parties that occur during the comedy festival.

“They’ve got live music, food trucks. I’m going to get something to eat later,” he said.

Schlick was not only going to attend the block party, but also had tickets for the Stand-Up Showcase at The Reg.

The block party was held prior to and in connection with the Stand-Up Showcase, which was scheduled to feature Matthew Broussard, Rhea Butcher, Zainab Johnson, Mark Normand and Lachlan Patterson. The comics have credits that include appearing on late night shows like Conan, Fallon, Colbert, Letterman and Leno, and also Last Comic Standing.

The second block party today will start at 5 p.m. and be held along West Second Street in front of the National Comedy Center, located at 203 W. Second St. People will be able to enjoy live music from Uptown Fever and Six Year Stretch, as well as beer and wine. Featured food trucks include Siri Thai Cuisine, O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Kitchen and SorcERIE Food Truck, with desserts from Full Moon Rising Bakery.

The Friday block party will take place prior to and in connection with American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer John Mulaney’s two performances at Northwest Arena at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

The third block party will start at 4 p.m. Saturday, also along West Second Street in front of the National Comedy Center. People can enjoy live music from For the People and St. Vith, as well as beer and wine. Featured food trucks include Lloyd Taco Trucks, Siri Thai Cuisine, O’Brien’s Farm Fresh Kitchen and SorcERIE Food Truck, with desserts from Full Moon Rising Bakery.

The Saturday block party will take place prior to and in connection with American stand-up comedian, writer and actor Sebastian Maniscalco as he performs during his Stay Hungry Tour. Maniscalco will perform two shows at Northwest Arena at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday.

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