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May 13

Offerman, Rivers & Carlin Join Seinfeld At 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival featuring Story Pirates kids-comedy show, comedy workshops, and comedy showcases.

Jamestown, New York (PRWEB) May 05, 2015

The National Comedy Center has announced that Nick Offerman, Melissa Rivers, Kelly Carlin and the Story Pirates kids-comedy show will join Jerry Seinfeld as featured performers during the 2015 Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, July 30th – August 2nd. For high-resolution images, including logos and headshots, visit

The schedule offers something for everyone with contemporary comedy such as Nick Offerman, five comedy showcases, and two sold-out shows with Jerry Seinfeld; family comedy with the Story Pirates and Lucy and Ethels Dinner Show; or even opportunities to emerge as a new comedian with classes in comedy and the COZI TV Comedy Search, said Malachi Livermore, programming and venue manager for the National Comedy Center.

An exclusive ticket pre-sale period will begin for members beginning on May 11th at noon EST. Remaining tickets will go on-sale beginning May 18th at noon EST. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling festival box office at 716.484.0800. To become a member, call 716.484.0800 or visit

Nick Offerman will be performing his show for mature audiences during the festival on July 31st (Reg Lenna Center for the Arts). Offerman is an actor, writer, humorist and woodworker, best known for the role of Ron Swanson on NBCs hit comedy series Parks & Recreation. For his work on the show, Offerman won a Television Critics Association Award for Achievement in Comedy in 2011, having earned his first nomination in 2010. He also received two Critics Choice Television Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In 2013, Offerman released his New York Times Bestselling book, Paddle Your Own Canoe: One Mans Fundamentals for Delicious Living. His second book is due out this year.

Melissa Rivers and Kelly Carlin, daughters of Joan Rivers and George Carlin respectively, will take part in a very special Comedy Roundtable that can only be seen at the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival on July 31st. The discussion will feature an in-depth look at the careers of comedic greats, as well as the impact of their contributions to modern culture.

On Saturday August 1st, Kelly Carlin will be bringing her renowned one-woman show, Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George, to Jamestown. A Carlin Home Companion is a funny, touching, intimate look inside the life of one of the most brilliant comedy minds the world has ever known from the unique perspective of a young woman trying to find her own voice.

The opening night of the festival, July 30th, will see the return of the popular Stand-Up Showcase. Comedians Beth Stelling, Pete Lee, and Pat McGann will perform during this show. Past festivals have featured then-rising comedians such as Ellen DeGeneres, Ray Romano, and Lewis Black, and this showcase aims to catch comics on a similar rise to the top. In keeping with the Centers mission-based emphasis on the healing power of comedy, this show is free to attend for all U.S. military past and present.

The critically-acclaimed Story Pirates will perform in Jamestown on August 1st. The kids-comedy troupe, lauded by comedian Jon Stewart, have been seen on CNNs Larry King, NBCs Today, and live on stage with Conan OBrien. This non-profit creative writing organization made up of professional actors and comedians performs a show based on stories written by children. Kids can submit stories online at for a chance to have their story performed. This show is free to attend thanks to sponsors of the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival, and is great for ages 4-12.

Three nights of Comedy Late Night will take place in the Tropicana Room above the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum from July 30 – August 1. Comedians from NYC to Los Angeles will perform in a re-creation of Ricky Ricardos Manhattan nightclub in this showcase that features new and blue material. Past performers include Joe Machi, Harrison Greenbaum, Keith Alberstadt, Jackie Kashian, Myq Kaplan, Mike Brody, Pete Lee, Mike Cody, and Tony Deyo. The comedy album Live From Jamestown: Late Night @ Lucy Comedy Fest was previously recorded during this show in prior years, and can be purchased online at and anywhere comedy content is sold.

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is excited to partner with NBCs COZI TV this summer for the COZI TV Comedy Search. This unique contest offers undiscovered talent the opportunity to take their best shot at being crowned Americas newest comic champ. The Grand Prize winner receives a $ 2,500 cash prize, the chance to appear on COZI TV and an all-expenses paid trip to Jamestown to perform at this years festival. The online contest will include multiple phases of competition including viewer voting and a celebrity judge panel that includes comedians Tom Cotter, Kerri Louise, Chuck Nice and Jon Rineman. Participants are encouraged to submit audition videos to the contests web page on

“Ball wanted people to celebrate all comedy in honoring her legacy, said Journey Gunderson, executive director for the National Comedy Center. This festival and the National Comedy Center do just that. From retrospectives on George Carlin and Joan Rivers to live performances by today’s rising voices and established stars, Jamestown celebrates the craft and its contributors.”

The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival is proudly sponsored by Northwest Savings Bank, Southern Tier Builders Association, Seneca Gaming, Buffamante Whipple Buttafaro P.C., Shults Auto Group, and many more at Time Warner Cable News is the television media sponsor.

About the National Comedy Center

The National Comedy Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a developing national attraction based on the celebration of comedy: the craft and its contributors, and embodies Lucille Balls vision for her hometown of Jamestown, New York. The visitor experience is being designed by world-renown creative firms: Jack Rouse Associates, and interactive specialist Local Projects, which just completed work on the 9/11 Memorial Museum. Project feasibility and economic forecasting has been provided by AECOM.

In December, the National Comedy Center (NCC) project in Jamestown, NY was awarded $ 1.5 million by New York State Empire State Development and Governor Andrew Cuomo. The $ 1.5 million in state funds will help complete the NCCs vision for the first national attraction complex dedicated to the art of comedy in the United States.

Additional Information

Lucille Balls hometown of Jamestown, NY honors the legacy of The First Couple of Comedy with the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. The museum attraction is open seven days a week, and features replica sets, Lucille Balls Emmy awards, props, costumes, and rare memorabilia from I Love Lucy. Tripling in size in 2006, the mission of the museum and center for comedy is to preserve the legacy of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz and enrich the world through the healing powers of love and laughter through its commitment to the development of the comedic arts. For additional information on the Lucy Desi Museum & Center for Comedy, as well as its online gift shop, visit

For more information and to arrange interviews contact:

National Press: BP Media Relations, LLC – Barbara Pflughaupt – 212-707-8181

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival: Steve Neilans – 716-484-0800

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TODAYs Al Roker Touches Down on USO Tour, Broadcast Live from Bagram Airfield with Jay Leno, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Robinson and Iliza Shlesinger

Arlington, VA (PRWEB) October 01, 2014

TODAYs Al Roker is ensuring one of the USOs last entertainment tours to Afghanistan is a special one – broadcasting live from Bagram Airfield on Oct. 1 as well as broadcasting behind-the-scene clips of the TODAY/USO Comedy Tour on Tuesday, October 7. Surrounded by troops and joined by comedian/former late night talk show host Jay Leno, musician Kevin Eubanks, actor/comedian Craig Robinson and comedian Iliza Shlesinger who occasionally joined him during the broadcast to express their gratitude to troops and military families Roker brought smiles, laughter and cheer to virtually everyone in sight today.


During a live broadcast of the TODAY Show, Roker spoke with more than 500 service members, including Major General Stephen J. Townsend, Commanding General Regional Command East Combined Joint Task Force – 10; Staff Weather Officer in Charge Major Staci Coleman; and a five-piece U.S. Army band led by SSGT Michael Rhodes. Roker also spent time stressing the importance of family connection interviewing three military families who serve on Bagram Airfield. Among them were SMSgt Henry Johnson and MSgt Melanie Johnson, and their son SrA Dillon Johnson; SMSgt Duston L Ross and his daughter SSgt Kiley Cantrell; as well as TSgt John R. Trujillo and his daughter SSgt Kimberly A. Buzzel.
One day into their visit, Roker and his famous friends have already met and spent time with more than 1,500 servicemen and women. Roker also surprised viewers of The Weather Channels Wake Up With Al with a special weather report from Afghanistan.
Taking part in a time-honored USO tradition of bringing well-known stars to Afghanistan to visit, entertain and uplift troops, Roker later emceed a 90-minute TODAY/USO Comedy Show for more than 1,000 troops stationed at Bagram Airfield featuring his famous friends. Clips of the concert sure to be filled with laughs, smiles and song will be shown on NBCs TODAY Show on Tuesday, October 7. This USO tour marks the first USO experience for Roker and Robinson, with Leno, Eubanks and Shlesinger having toured with the USO before.
As of September 19, 2014, the USO has deployed 61 celebrity entertainers on 44 tours to 15 countries and 30 states, entertaining more than 162,000 troops and military families. Five of these tours were to a combat zone.
On Tuesday, January 7, 2014, Roker announced to the world that he would be going on a USO tour in 2014 as part of NBC’s TODAY Shine A Light series, a year-long initiative focusing on service and giving back. Eight months later Roker fulfilled that promise, announcing plans to travel to the Middle East with the USO (and a few famous friends) and asking the American public to support the USO by donating money at To date, more than $ 12,300 has been raised.
Widely recognized as America’s favorite weatherman, Al Roker landed co-anchor and weather feature anchor with NBCS TODAY Show in January 1996. In addition to his role on TODAY, the twelve-time Emmy Award winner hosts “Wake Up With Al,” a weekday morning program on The Weather Channel. Raised in Queens, New York, he has also produced several programs for PBS, MSNBC, CNBC and The Food Network, among others.
One of the countrys premier comedians, Jay Leno has performed hundreds of comedy shows around the U.S. for the past 20-plus years. Former host of NBCs Emmy Award-winning show The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to which Leno manned for a remarkable 17 consecutive years, Lenos trademark style has earned him fans worldwide. Born and raised in New Rochelle, New York, Leno was inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 2014. Touted as the nicest and hardest-working man in show business, Leno will be presented with the 17th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor by The Kennedy Center on October 19.
Acclaimed guitarist and composer Kevin Eubanks is best known for leading the Tonight Show Band with host Jay Leno. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he grew up in a musical family. A talented musician by his teens, Eubanks went on to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston and make his solo recording debut in 1982. Today, with more than 20 albums under his belt, Eubanks has had an illustrious career. In 2012, he released The Messenger.
Best known for his role as “Darryl Philbin” on NBCs The Office, Craig Robinson was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up with a love of music. Branching into comedy and acting in 2005, he has made a name for himself in both television and film, most recently in blockbuster comedy This Is The End. This Christmas, he will be reprising his leading role in Hot Tub Time Machine 2, the sequel to the 2010 film and next year, will return to NBC, starring in a sitcom loosely based on his pre-Hollywood experience as a K-8 music teacher in Chicago, titled Mr. Robinson.
Iliza Shlesinger is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’S Last Comic Standing. Most recently her debut one hour comedy special, War Paint reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of the Top Ten Albums of 2013 on iTunes. It is currently available on Netflix. She was the host of CBS’s syndicated comedy dating show Excused, in which she filmed 230 episodes. Iliza’s TV credits include TBS Deal With It, Comedy Central Presents, as well as NBC’S Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E! Network’s Chelsea Lately and The Soup, TBS Who Gets the Last Laugh?


Attributed to Kevin Eubanks:

“It’s a honor to bring whatever we can to our troops. I want to see them enjoying themselves because compared to what is asked of them, doing what we can to help brighten their day, letting them know we care by entertaining them is the least we can do to show our appreciation to these brave men and women of our Armed Forces.”

Attributed to Craig Robinson:

“At lunch I asked some soldiers, “Who is the toughest branch of service?”…we laughed a bit then one of the soldiers broke it down how each branch needs each other. That’s what I’m taking from this trip…we all need each other.”

Attributed to Iliza Shlesinger:

“These men and women give up so much their time, daily freedoms, luxuries and, in many cases, their lives so that we can enjoy the freedom of being Americans. Their sacrifice deserves acknowledgement, admiration and reverence. Entertaining them is not only my self-imposed duty, but it is my absolute honor as a fellow American.”

Attributed to J.D. Crouch II, USO President and CEO:

“I can’t thank Al and our friends at TODAY enough for shining a spotlight on the USO and the troops and families we support worldwide. Deploying a tour of this caliber was a treat not only for the troops downrange but also their loved ones back home. Seeing familiar faces like Al and Jay in-person, on the frontlines, and not on television provided an extra special a touch of home.”


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About the USO

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of Americas troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and st

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J!NX Announces Cooperation with CD PROJEKT RED, Creators of The Witcher Series of Games

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) April 20, 2015

J!NX is proud to announce that the all new merchandise store for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is now live. The store ( features the best official merchandise and is the premiere place to buy The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt apparel, toys, and accessories on the Web. The addition of The Witcher universe is very exciting for J!NX as both hardcore fans of the series and practitioners of great merchandise design. J!NX has grown from a small T-shirt company into the most recognizable name in gaming and geek culture apparel creating clothing, toys, and accessories for the most popular brands in the industry. Needless to say, were very proud to carry The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.

An initial line of all new The Witcher products has launched with the store and includes two new tees, a Collectors Edition Lore Book from Dark Horse, and The Witcher Board Game. The tees feature all new artwork highlighting both the design quality of J!NX and the incredible imagination of The Witcher series. This initial line of merchandise will be joined by many new offerings over the next two months including tees, hoodies, hats, and accessories.

J!NX is very excited to be working with CD PROJEKT RED. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most impressive games weve ever seen and developing new products for the game has been a joy. The rich art style and immersive world lends itself to incredible merchandise. Creating that link between the game world and the real world has always been an emphasis of ours and the world of The Witcher is something we cannot get enough of,” says J!NX Warchief of Marketing Steve DeVries.


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