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Rooftop Comedy is thrilled to help produce the Lucille Ball Festival of Comedy from August 3-7th in Lucy’s hometown, Jamestown, NY. In addition to 100th birthday celebrations and I Love Lucy tributes, the festival will present a lineup of stand-up legends, like Joan Rivers and Paula Poundstone, and rising stars including Nate Bargatze, Christina Pazsitzky, Costaki Econompoulos, Lamont Price, Jamie Ward, and Justin Schlegel. Schedule info and tickets are available now.

With Lucy Fest just around the corner, we’ll be publishing interviews with some of the featured comics. You’ve probably seen Christina Pazsitzky on the E! show “Chelsea Lately” and NBC’s ‘Last Comic Standing”. Christina’s sharp and brutally honest comedy makes her one of the hottest acts out there. Look out for Christina’s debut comedy album later this year.

Rooftop Comedy: How would you describe Lucy’s influence on comedy? Why are you excited to participate in Lucy Fest?

Christina Pazsitzky: Lucy is the OG Gangster of comedy. I don’t think there is a more beloved female comedian in history. Lucy was daring. She played a housewife who wanted more and went out and got it. She ignored the limitations of her time. I think that’s what any great comedian does. She also had a thing for Latin guys, which I can relate to. I’m excited to be in Lucy Fest because I hear there will be free hot dogs and beer. That and I love the idea of being a part of the celebration of one of my all time favorite comedians.

RT: It’s Lucy’s 100th birthday – what gift would you like to get her?

CP: She was such a badass. I know she liked to smoke, so a carton of Pall Malls (That’s the brand I imagine she’d like for some reason) and a martini. Oh, and a mink coat. I heard somewhere that she liked mink coats.

RT: The Festival will host an attempt to set the Guinness World Record of the most amount of people dressed like Lucy Ricardo. Are you going to participate?

CP: Not unless they changed the official Lucy costume to sweatpants and a pit-stained t-shirt.

RT: How would you like your own 100th birthday to be celebrated?

CP: I book a cruise with all my friends and family called “My Last Cruise”. We all drink tons and eat buffet, then at the end of the week, I get catapulted into the ocean.

RT: As Lucy and Desi had hoped, the Lucy-Desi Center has announced a long-term plan to develop a center for comedy including a Comedy Hall of Fame. Who would you propose as the first three inductees?

CP: Well, let’s start with Lucy if that’s not a given. Then, Richard Pryor, Roseanne Barr, and Sarah Palin – only if we’re accepting unintentional comedians.

RT: Any other shows or events that you have this summer that you’d like to share with us?

CP: I have a cool podcast called “Your Mom’s House” that you can download on iTunes under “Deathsquad”. I’m also releasing a CD with Rooftop Comedy very soon! It’s tentatively titled “It’s Hard Being a Person”.