Gilda’s LaughFest today announced this year’s Signature Event will feature Howie Mandel. The 2017 Signature Event, a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, will take place Tuesday, March 14, at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Mandel has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. He is the executive producer of NBC’s Take It All and Howie Do It; TBS’s Deal With It; and FOX’s Mobbed. He currently serves as a judge on NBC’s summer talent competition series, America’s Got Talent.

In addition to his accomplishments in the television industry, Mandel is a New York Times Bestselling author for his comical memoir, Here’s The Deal: Don’t Touch Me. Mandel revealed his on-going struggle with OCD and ADHD and how it shaped both his life and career.

“Mandel’s versatile career has encompassed virtually all aspects of the entertainment spectrum and we are excited to have such an industry leader headline The 2017 Signature Event,” said Joanne Roehm, director of strategic initiatives and LaughFest.

Signature Event tickets are currently available for purchase. Table sponsorships are available for $3,000 for tables of 10. Individual tickets, which include dinner and a tax-deductible gift to Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids are available for $250. Show-only tickets are available for $100.

Previously announced headline acts for LaughFest 2017 include: Pete Holmes & Friends, Joel McHale, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Iliza and Sinbad.  Katt Williams, in partnership with Smash Productions, will headline an encore performance on March 26.


Individual tickets and table purchases for Mandel are available by contacting Gilda’s LaughFest at, or 616-735-HAHA (4242). Individual festival ticket sales begin January 27th and can be purchased at (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices or by visiting

 Gilda’s LaughFest was created by a team at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in 2011. Since inception, LaughFest has averaged 50,000 attendees per year. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

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