queen will be regally remembered Aug. 3 to 7 during the Lucille Ball
Festival of Comedy in Jamestown
, N.Y. The festival coincides with the centennial of her birth there on Aug. 6, 1911.
"She's the high-water mark in situation comedy," said Joan Rivers
, who will be among the funny people performing during the celebration.
Rivers, who worked with Ball on several of her later TV shows, believes Ball broke plenty of ground — and not just for females.
"I think funny is funny," she said. "Whether you're a man or a woman, one wonderful thing about comedy is you either make 'em laugh or you don't."
"I got a master's degree in timing from her," Rivers concluded. "Watching her work, watching her on a set, watching her dissect a script — knowing what was funny, what were the big jokes, what were the small jokes — it was a master class."
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