Lucille Ball Comedy Festival goes virtual in its 29th year

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The annual Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is going virtual with help from Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Margaret Cho, “Weird Al” Yankovic and more than two-dozen others working in the realm of humour.

The festival, presented by the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, will stream conversations with the artistes over three weekends, starting today and running through August 30. In a series of discussions, they’ll weigh in on their careers, influences and the art of comedy, with performers and producers serving as hosts.

“I can’t think of a better way to tell the story of comedy than via these artistes’ voices, at a time when we all need laughter more than ever,” Journey Gunderson, the centre’s Executive Director, said.

FROM LEFT: Tiffany Haddish, Weird Al Yankovic and Margaret Cho. PHOTO: AP