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Virtual Comedy Festival

Free Event: Streaming Here August 14-30, 2020

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2020 Virtual Festival Schedule

Debra Messing: Hosted by Frank DeCaro

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Streaming Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 8PM ET

Hosted by author comedian, actor and journalist Frank DeCaro, the National Comedy Center conversation with Debra Messing will explore her work in comedy and discuss comedy legend Lucille Ball, who was a major influence on Messing’s career. One of the last episodes of Will & Grace this past April was a tribute to I Love Lucy entitled “We Love Lucy,” in which Messing portrayed beloved I Love Lucy characters Lucy Ricardo, Ethel Mertz and Fred Mertz. The episode was recently nominated for three Emmy Awards.

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Carl Reiner Interview from the Archives: Hosted by Paula Poundstone and Stephen J. Morrison

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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.

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"Weird Al” Yankovic: Hosted by Jimmy Fallon and Lin-Manuel Miranda

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Singer, songwriter, and producer "Weird Al" Yankovic discusses his creative process and comedic influences with two of his superfans: comedian and “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon and the multi-hyphenate creator of “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Kate Flannery: Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Comedic actress Kate Flannery, best known for her work on "The Office," reflects on her acting career and the 15th anniversary of the popular TV series in a conversation with comedian and NPR host Ophira Eisenberg.

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Mark Russell: Hosted by Lewis Black

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Legendary political satirist and comedian Mark Russell takes on current events for the National Comedy Center with new musical parodies and a discussion of his career and legacy.

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Aidy Bryant & Lolly Adefope: Hosted by Anna Drezen

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Actress, comedian and "Saturday Night Live" cast member Aidy Bryant and her “Shrill” co-star Lolly Adefope in conversation with comedian, actor, and "SNL" writer Anna Drezen.

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Gilbert Gottfried with special guest Penn Jillette: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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.

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Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 1)

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Legendary comedian Jay Leno discusses his extensive career in stand-up, acting, writing, and late-night television in a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, producer of CNN’s “The History of Comedy” docuseries and a National Comedy Center advisory board member.

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Roy Wood Jr.: Hosted by Wayne Federman

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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.

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Margaret Cho: Hosted by Judy Gold

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Margaret Cho candidly discusses her craft and comedy’s vital role in issues of social justice and equality in a conversation with comedian and writer Judy Gold.

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Jay Leno: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison (Part 2)

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Legendary comedian Jay Leno discusses his extensive career in stand-up, acting, writing, and late-night television in a conversation with Stephen J. Morrison, producer of CNN’s “The History of Comedy” docuseries and a National Comedy Center advisory board member.

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Sam Jay: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Join Sam Jay, stand-up comedian and Emmy-nominated writer for “Saturday Night Live,” as she discusses her creative process and new Netflix special “3 in the Morning” with comedian Harrison Greenbaum.

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Mad Magazine’s Legendary Creative Team

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Editors from Mad Magazine 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.

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Bill Engvall: Hosted by Rutledge Wood

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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 Rutledge Wood.

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Howie Mandel: Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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.

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Dulcé Sloan: Hosted by Charles McBee

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Join stand-up comedian and "The Daily Show" correspondent Dulcé Sloan as she discusses her career and the importance of Black artistry in a conversation with comedian and podcast host Charles McBee.

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Tiffany Haddish: Hosted by Flame Monroe

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Emmy-nominated comedian, author, and actress Tiffany Haddish reminisces with fellow comedian Flame Monroe about filming “Tiffany Haddish Presents: They Ready” and discusses her comedy past, present, and future.

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Kenan Thompson: Hosted by Stephen J. Morrison

A National Comedy Center Conversation

"Saturday Night Live's" Kenan Thompson, the longest-tenured cast member in SNL history and a 2020 Emmy nominee, discusses comedy with Stephen J. Morrison, producer of "The History of Comedy" docuseries and a National Comedy Center advisory board member.

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Judy Gold: Hosted by Frank DeCaro

A National Comedy Center Conversation

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.

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Alan Zweibel: Hosted by Kelly Carlin

A National Comedy Center Conversation

Veteran comedy writer Alan Zweibel (“SNL,” “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”) discusses his new memoir – which chronicles five decades in comedy – with writer, actress, and radio host Kelly Carlin, daughter of George Carlin.

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Past Livestreams

Gabriel Iglesias: A National Comedy Center Conversation

Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

Streamed 7-16-2020

Join comedian and actor Gabriel Iglesias – one of the most successful stand-up comics performing today - as he discusses his life, career, and recent projects in conversation with comedian Harrison Greenbaum.

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George Lopez: A National Comedy Center Conversation

Hosted by Ron Bennington

Streamed 6-25-2020

Multifaceted comedian, actor and writer George Lopez discusses his life and career in a candid conversation with SiriusXM host Ron Bennington for the National Comedy Center.

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Richard Pryor: A Father’s Day Tribute with Rain Pryor

Hosted by W. Kamau Bell

Streamed 6-21-2020

Rain Pryor discusses the lasting legacy and body of work of her father Richard Pryor and comedy’s role as a vital voice for social justice with W. Kamau Bell, host and executive producer of CNN’s United Shades of America.

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Jerry Stiller: A Father’s Day Tribute with Amy and Ben Stiller

Hosted by Judy Gold

Streamed 6-20-2020

Ben Stiller and Amy Stiller, the son and daughter of Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara, join comedian Judy Gold for an in-depth conversation on the life, career and legacy of Jerry Stiller.

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A Father’s Day Conversation with John Cleese and Camilla Cleese

Hosted by Harrison Greenbaum

Streamed 6-20-2020

John Cleese and his daughter Camilla Cleese discuss John’s career and their recent comedy work together in a candid conversation hosted by comedian Harrison Greenbaum.

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Desi Arnaz: A Father’s Day Tribute with Lucie Arnaz – Featuring Special Guest Oscar Nunez

Hosted by David Bianculli

Streamed 6-19-2020

Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, talks with NPR host and TV critic David Bianculli on how Desi changed the face of television—both on screen and behind the scenes—with special guest Oscar Nunez.

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Laughing Matters: Carlin's Legacy

Hosted by Lewis Black & Kelly Carlin

Streamed 5-12-2020

Over 20 comedic minds honor comedy legend George Carlin on his birthday, in support of the National Comedy Center.

Featuring: Norman Lear, Judd Apatow, Sebastian Maniscalco, Lewis Black, Jim Norton, Kelly Carlin, Tim Allen, Elayne Boosler, Bill Engvall,  Kate Flannery,  Judah Friedlander, Judy Gold, Kathy Griffin, Penn Jillette, Maz Jobrani, Jay Leno, Richard Lewis, George Lopez, Mark Normand, Russell Peters, Colin Quinn, Brian Regan, Alex Winter, Steven Wright, Alan Zweibel, and more!

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