From SNL alumni to magicians, here's every comedian/actor appearing in the National Comedy Center's Virtual Lucille Ball Festival.
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The event will take place from August 14th to August 30th and will be available for free on ComedyCenter.org/Festival.
The streamed event will feature appearances from Lolly Adefope, Lewis Black, Aidy Bryant, Kelly Carlin, Margaret Cho, Frank DeCaro, Anna Drezen, Ophira Eisenberg, Bill Engvall, Jimmy Fallon, Kate Flannery, Wayne Federman, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Harrison Greenbaum, Tiffany Haddish, Sam Jay, Penn Jillette, Jay Leno, Howie Mandel, Charles McBee, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Flame Monroe, Paula Poundstone, Mark Russell, Dulce Sloan, Kenan Thompson, Roy Wood, Jr., Rutledge Wood, "Weird Al"Yankovic, Alan Zweibel, and legendary creative team members from Mad Magazine.
Friday, August 14th
8pm ET - Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 1)– Legendary comedian Jay
Leno discusses his extensive career in stand-up, acting, writing and late-night television in
a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the
National Comedy Center.
9pm ET - Roy Wood Jr. - Hosted by Wayne Federman - Roy Wood Jr. speaks about his
multifaceted comedy career, including his experiences as a correspondent on The Daily
Show, in a conversation hosted by comedian Wayne Federman for the National Comedy
10pm ET - Margaret Cho - Hosted by Judy Gold - Margaret Cho candidly discusses her
craft and comedy's vital role in issues of social justice and equality with comedian Judy
Gold in this National Comedy Center Conversation.
Saturday, August 15th
8pm ET - Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 2)
9pm ET - Sam Jay: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Sam Jay, stand-up comedian and
Emmy-nominated writer for "Saturday Night Live," discusses her creative process and
new Netflix special, "3 In The Morning," with comedian Harrison Greenbaum in a National
Comedy Center Conversation.
Sunday, August 16th
8pm ET - Mad Magazine: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Legendary creative team
members from Mad Magazine, including John Ficarra (former Editor-in-Chief), Joe Raiola
(former Senior editor) and Sam Viviano (former Art Director) join in a National Comedy
Center conversation with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about the impact of
comics, comedy for print, and their transition to becoming a digital humor magazine.
Friday, August 21st
8pm ET - Bill Engvall: Hosted by Rutledge Wood - Comedian Bill Engvall discusses
finding his unique comedic voice and the phenomenon of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour in a
National Comedy Center Conversation hosted by Floor is Lava's Rutledge Wood.
9pm ET - Howie Mandel: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum – Comedian, host and
producer Howie Mandel discusses his vast career and his "say yes" philosophy with
comedian Harrison Greenbaum in an exclusive National Comedy Center Conversation.
10pm ET - Dulcé Sloan: Hosted by Charles McBee - Join stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan
as she discusses her career and the importance of Black artistry in a National Comedy
Center conversation with her former comedy collaborator, Charles McBee.
Saturday, August 22
8pm ET - Tiffany Haddish: Hosted by Flame Monroe – Actress, comedian, author Emmy
Award winner, and two-time 2020 Emmy nominee Tiffany Haddish discusses her work
and process with comedian Flame Monroe on the Emmy-nominated Netflix variety special
Tiffany Haddish Presents; They Ready, "Flame Monroe," as well as her personal
nomination for Outstanding Variety Special for Netflix special Tiffany Haddish: Black
9pm ET - Kenan Thompson: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison – SNL's Kenan Thompson,
the longest-tenured cast member in SNL history and 2020 Emmy nominee discusses
comedy with Stephen J. Morrison, Executive Producer of Exhibit Media for the National
10pm ET - Judy Gold: Hosted by Frank DeCaro - Judy Gold discusses her craft and the
importance of comedy during these trying times with comedian and author Frank DeCaro
in a conversation for the National Comedy Center.
Sunday, August 23
8pm ET - Alan Zweibel: Hosted by Kelly Carlin – Original SNL writer Alan Zweibel
discussed his new memoir, Laugh Lines, My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier, and his
nearly five decades as an award-winning comedy writer with
writer/producer/actress/radio host Kelly Carlin, the daughter of George Carlin.
Friday, August 28
8pm ET - Mark Russell: Hosted by Lewis Black - Legendary political satirist and
comedian Mark Russell takes on current events for the National Comedy Center with a
performance of new musical parodies plus a discussion of his career and legacy.
9pm ET - Aidy Bryant & Lolly Adefope: Hosted by Anna Drezen – Actress, comedian
and SNL cast member Aidy Bryant and her "Shrill" co-star Lolly Adefope in conversation
with comedian, actor and SNL writer Anna Drezen.
10pm ET - Gilbert Gottfried with special guest Penn Jillette: Hosted by Harrison
Greenbaum - Voice actor and stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried sits down virtually
with comedian Harrison Greenbaum to talk about his unique voice, crude humor, and the
many aspects that go into telling a joke in this National Comedy Center Conversation.
Special guest Penn Jillette joins the conversation.
Saturday, August 29
8pm ET – "Weird Al" Yankovic: Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda -
Singer/songwriter/producer "Weird Al" in conversation about his work, creative process
and influences with The Tonight Show host and comedian Jimmy Fallon and
composer/lyricist/producer/playwright/actor, Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.
9pm ET - Kate Flannery: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg - Comedic actress Kate Flannery,
best known for her work on The Office, reflects on her acting career and the 15 th
anniversary of the popular TV series in a National Comedy Center Conversation with
comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg.
Sunday, August 30
8pm ET - Carl Reiner Interview from the Archives: Hosted by Paula Poundstone and
Stephen J. Morrison – An interview with comedy legend and founding National Comedy
Center Advisory Board Member Carl Reiner from the Comedy Center Archives, featuring
never-before-seen interview footage, plus a discussion about Carl Reiner's genius with
comedian Paula Poundstone and producer Stephen J. Morrison.
National Comedy Center's Lucille Ball Comedy Festival will be available here and on Facebook Live on the National Comedy Center's Facebook page.
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