14 Oct National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum Celebrate “I Love Lucy Day” with Nationwide Trivia Event, New Gallery Opening, “LucyTown” Driving Tour and More
National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum Celebrate “I Love Lucy Day” with Nationwide Trivia Event, New Gallery Opening, “LucyTown” Driving Tour and More
Jamestown, NY – October 14, 2020 – The National Comedy Center, the nation’s official non-profit cultural institution based on Lucille Ball’s vision for her hometown of Jamestown, NY to celebrate comedy, and the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, are honoring I Love Lucy on Thursday, October 15, 2020, the day known worldwide as “I Love Lucy Day,” commemorating the anniversary of CBS’s first broadcast of the legendary TV comedy in 1951. From a nationwide online trivia event, to the opening of a new museum gallery, to the launch of a newly-enhanced “LucyTown” Driving Tour, Lucy fans will be able to celebrate Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and I Love Lucy in new ways this year..
The Lucy Trivia free online event will feature classic moments from favorite I Love Lucy episodes and special guest appearances from family, friends and colleagues of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, including Emmy award-winning actress and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s daughter Lucie Arnaz, granddaughter Kate Luckinbill Conner, Keith Thibodeaux, who played “Little Ricky” on I Love Lucy, actress/comedian Fran Drescher and more. This free, “for fun” trivia event will include six rounds hosted by pub trivia quiz experts Geeks Who Drink, with trivia questions developed by the archivists at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum. Tune in at 8 pm ET on October 15 at ComedyCenter.org/LucyTrivia.
The National Comedy Center will also feature encore presentations of two exclusive online conversations about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz: Desi Arnaz: A Father’s Day Tribute with Lucie Arnaz featuring Special Guest Oscar Nunez and hosted by David Bianculli and Debra Messing: A National Comedy Center Conversation hosted by Frank DeCaro, in which Debra discusses Lucille Ball as a major influence on her career and the making of the Emmy-nominated I Love Lucy-themed Will & Grace episode. These programs are now available on demand at ComedyCenter.org/LucyTrivia.
A new gallery has opened in the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum celebrating “Lucy in the Movies,” featuring a timeline of Lucille Ball’s 90+ theatrical films, a video presentation produced in partnership with Turner Classic Movies and displays of screen-used wardrobe from fan-favorite films including Mame, Forever Darling and Yours, Mine and Ours. This is the first of several galleries to debut at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in 2020 and 2021.
A newly-enhanced “LucyTown” Driving Tour for visitors to Jamestown, NY has launched online, showcasing significant and historic locations and venues throughout the Jamestown area that represent aspects of Lucille Ball’s life and career – from I Love Lucy murals to her schools and various residences to Lucille Ball Memorial Park, home now to two “Lucy” statues. The tour is available for free at ComedyCenter.org/LucyTownTour.
In addition, the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum Official Shop is featuring a special sale in honor of “I Love Lucy Day” – online and within the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, now through Sunday, October 18. Lucy fans can purchase their favorite Lucy gifts and memorabilia at Shop.Lucy-Desi.com for 20% off store-wide on Lucy merchandise and free shipping.
Visitors are welcome to the National Comedy Center and Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum in Jamestown, Thursdays through Mondays. The museums’ new, award-winning LaughSafe health and safety program, developed in consultation with health professionals and epidemiologists at UPMC, ensures a worry-free and touch-free visitor experience. Plan your visit at ComedyCenter.org.