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Gilda’s LaughFest Announces First Round of Talent and Introduces New Festival Badges

Joanne from the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, stopped by The River on Wednesday, December 7th and announced the first round of talent and shows scheduled for the festival’s seventh year to be held March 9 to 19, 2017, in downtown Grand Rapids, and surrounding communities. New this year, details were released regarding LaughFest Badges, which allow individuals access to various aspects of the festival depending on the level of badge purchased.

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Matt Milhouse, Townsquare Media
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The Best Jokes From LaughFest Kids Joke Time in Grand Rapids

Hilarious, brave kids took the stage at Grand Rapids Public Library last night for LaughFest's second of three Kids Joke Night events.

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LaughFest Super Saturday Kids Zone [Photos]

Opening weekend of LaughFest included an opportunity for kids to work off some energy at the Super Saturday Kids Zone!

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15 Things All Grand Rapidians Should Do at Least Once

There's no doubt about it, Grand Rapids is an awesome city. We've got lots of attractions and fun things always going on, we're a family friendly city and appeal to the younger crowd as well...

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Seth Meyers Headlining Gilda’s LaughFest March, 2016

It's hard to believe, but LaughFest is set to begin their sixth year March 10-20, 2016. Six years of offering the best in "laughs" to support the free cancer support group, Gilda's Club here in Grand Rapids. This next LaughFest is going to be a doozy!

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Seth Meyers, Kathy Griffin, and More Headlining Laughfest 2016

This morning, Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids held their annual Laughfest Lineup Announcement at the GRAM, and boy do we have some great acts coming this year!

Seth Meyers, Saturday Night Live alum and current host of Late Night With Seth Meyers will be headlining the Signature Event this year (past hosts include Betty White and Jay Leno), while Kathy Griffin, Marlon Wayans, and more will be performing throughout the festival. 

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LaughFest Will Return for a Sixth Season

The nation’s first-ever festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced Wednesday that the event will return for its sixth season.

LaughFest 2016 is scheduled for March 10 through March 20. 

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Patton Oswalt Literally Brings Down House at LaughFest Show When Backdrop Collapses

Anything can happen at a live show, including pieces of the set falling apart-- which is what happened at Pat Oswalt's LaughFest performance on Friday night.

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Lavell Crawford Cancels Gilda’s LaughFest Appearance Because of Movie Production

Lavell Crawford has canceled his Gilda's LaughFest appearance for Wednesday night because of a movie he's currently filming, festival officials announced this morning.

The cancellation of his appearance at Fountain Street Church is because of a change in the production schedule for the film "Meet the Blacks."

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LaughFest Central Now Open in Grand Rapids Art Museum

Gilda's LaughFest 2015 kicks off in just a few weeks, organizers opened the doors to LaughFest Central on Monday.

Laughfest Central serves as the hub for the 10-day festival of laughter.

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LaughFest Central Open Doors Monday at Grand Rapids Art Museum

LaughFest Central will open its doors Monday, Feb. 16, at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) GOSite space, located at 101 Monroe Center. The festival headquarters will serve as a focal point for LaughFest information, as well as a location where tickets and merchandise can be purchased. Prior to the festival, LaughFest Central will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. During the festival, from March 5 to 15, hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.

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Gilda’s LaughFest 2015 Announces More Comedy Performances for 11-Day Festival

Jim Jefferies, Nick Thune and Brody Stevens, Costaki Economopoulos, Blackout Diaries, Big Jay Oakerson with Ben Roy, The Homegrown Show and Ryan Hamilton have been added to the roster of performers for Gilda's LaughFest 2015 in March.

In addition, Iliza Shlesinger has added new shows on March 7 to her LaughFest appearance after selling out her two previously announced shows.

Gilda’s LaughFest runs March 5 to 15, with individual tickets for all performances going on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

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