Fans of the NBC series "Last Comic Standing" and those simply appreciative of good comedy will get the opportunity to see a performance by one of the show's current contestants on a local stage.
Joe Machi, New York City comedian and current "final four" finalist on "Last Comic Standing," has been added to the long list of comics set to perform in the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, which begins today and runs through Sunday.
With his distinctively awkward personality and off-kilter sense of humor, Machi has been described as a "fan favorite" of the festival, having previously performed in 2012 and 2013. However, this will be the first time he will be performing in Jamestown with the newfound level of national exposure gained from being featured on the weekly reality talent competition.
Comedy Late Night performers are pictured from top left to right: Caroline Rhea, Andrew Norelli, Carmen Lynch, Moody McCarthy, Kerri Louise, Chet Wild, Rick Matthews, Jarwan Nelson, Emma Willmann, Mike Brody, Pete Lee, Mike Cody, Sean Donnelly and Tony Deyo. Joe Machi has been added to Friday’s Comedy Late Night lineup.
"As I watched him advance round after round every Thursday night, I thought, 'Wow, we would have to be crazy not to try to get him back here to perform again," said Journey Gunderson, executive director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy.
Organizers of the event are thrilled to welcome back a comic whose profile has risen so dramatically in the time since his last performance. With only four contestants remaining in the competition, which originally began with 100 comedians, Machi is only two episodes away from possibly gaining the title of being the "Last Comic Standing." The show airs Thursdays on NBC at 10 p.m.
"Millions will be watching him on 'Last Comic Standing,' and then the next day he will be performing in Jamestown," Gunderson said. "People can root for him like a Jamestown favorite."
"Millions will be watching him on 'Last Comic Standing,' and then the next day he will be performing in Jamestown."
executive director of the Lucy-Desi Museum and Center for Comedy
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Jay Leno appeared last week on "Last Comic Standing" and gave guidance to Machi during the episode. Leno will be performing during the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on Saturday to end a weekend of headline comedy also featuring comedians Tom Cotter on Friday and Caroline Rhea on Thursday.
During the 2013 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, Machi performed during both the Stand-Up Showcase and Comedy Late Night. His track is available on the 15-track, "Live From Jamestown: Late Night @ Lucy Comedy Fest," on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, the Lucy Desi Museum gift shop at 2 W. Third St. and shop.lucy-desi.com. Other comics appearing on "Live From Jamestown" include Myq Kaplan, Jackie Kashian, Sean Keane, Kelly MacFarland, Harrison Greenbaum, Andi Smith, Calise Hawkins, Keith Alberstadt, Josh Gondelman, Andy Hendrickson, Kelly Collette, Jim Tews and Andy Sandford.
Machi is slated to give two performances on Friday. His first performance will be part of the Comedy Happy Hour, a free event being held at 5 p.m. at the Jamestown Gateway Train Station. Later that night he will be joining a number of other comedians to perform at the Lucy Desi Museum and Center for Comedy during one of three nights of the Comedy Late Night series of performances, which begin at 10:30 p.m. The Comedy Late Night series features rising comedic talent from across the country, and will take place in the Tropicana Room, a re-creation of the fictional nightclub owned by Ricky Ricardo in "I Love Lucy."
During this event, a live comedy album will be recorded by San Francisco-based Rooftop Comedy, featuring Sean Donnelly, Chet Wild, Rick Matthews, Jarwan Nelson, Emma Willmann, Mike Brody, Pete Lee, Mike Cody and Tony Deyo. Tickets for the Comedy Late Night performances are $15.
Tickets for these performances and for other events featured in the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival can be purchased at www.lucycomedyfest.com or by calling the festival box office at 484-0800.