Most Famous Redhead

April 20, 2012 by staff 

Most Famous Redhead, The 100th anniversary of Lucille Ball’s birth, Aug. 6, 2011, is a big deal in her hometown of Jamestown, N.Y. Its annual Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy, Aug. 3-7, offers lots of events and appearances by comedians. Joan Rivers is the headline attraction.

Below are some highlights. For the full schedule and details about performances and an effort to break a world record for most people dressed like Lucy, see

•Joan Rivers, 8 p.m. Aug. 4

•Comedian Paula Poundstone, 8 p.m. Aug. 6

•Standup Comedy Showcase, 8 p.m. Aug. 5

•Nation’s best impersonators of Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel, at lunch and dinner shows in a re-creation of the Tropicana Room, Ricky’s Manhattan nightclub, Desilu Playhouse, Aug. 4-6

•Parade and historical re-enactment of Lucy and Desi’s visit to Jamestown for the premiere of their 1956 movie “Forever, Darling,” 6:30 p.m. Aug. 5

•Party on the Plaza: Comedy, music, crafts, food and drink, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6

•Late Night Comedy, The Tropicana Room, Desilu Playhouse, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6

•Live radio show performance of “My Favorite Husband” (the forerunner of TV’s “I Love Lucy”) and another called “I Love Lucy: The Untold Story,” which is written and will be directed by Gregg Oppenheimer, son of “I Love Lucy” creator Jess Oppenheimer, 3 p.m. Aug. 6

•Lucy Lake View Cemetery Tours on horse-drawn trolleys, Aug.3-6

•Lucy Town Bus Tours, Aug. 3-6

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