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!
Headliners include Seth Meyers, performing during Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Signature Event, Kathy Griffin, Marlon Wayans, and a diverse range of artists that are new to the festival, as well as some past returning favorites.
This year’s Signature Event features Meyers, an Emmy Award-winning writer, and former Saturday Night Live cast member. Meyers currently hosts NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. The Signature Event will be held March 12 at DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan.
In addition to Meyers, other headliners include Griffin, a two-time Emmy and Grammy Award-winning comedian, writer, producer and television personality; and Wayans, an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director, who will be starring in the upcoming comedy spoof Fifty Shades of Black.
Returning LaughFest veterans include Anjelah Johnson, who has guest starred on shows such as The Shield, Ugly Betty and Curb Your Enthusiasm; and Roy Wood Jr. from the hit show Sullivan & Son.
Other acts announced for LaughFest 2016, include Chris D’Elia of NBC’s hit comedy Undateable; Bert Kreischer, host of Travel Channel’s Trip Flip; stand-up comedian, actress, and accomplished writer Heather McDonald; 2014 American Comedy Award nominee, Aren’t You Embarrassed? host Sebastian Maniscalco; and Jim Norton, co-host of the Opie with Jim Norton Show on Sirius XM.
Bridget Everett, whose film and television credits include Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck and the upcoming Netflix series Lady Dynamite; and Ron Funches, who has a regular role in Undateable and was featured in the 2015 Will Farrell/Kevin Hart film Get Hard, will also take part in the 10-day festival.
Of course, LaughFest will feature the Clean Comedy Showcase, the Best of the Midwest Competition, underwritten by Wolverine Worldwide, the Gun Lake Casino National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase and the Family Friendly Series presented by Meijer.
New this year, LaughFest is collaborating with DisArt to bring in recent runner up on America’s Got Talent, Drew Lynch. DisArt, a nonprofit arts and culture organization based in Grand Rapids, works to promote community growth by leveraging the best examples of contemporary, Global Disability Arts. Their 2015 DisArt Festival was one of the largest festivals of its kind, bringing in talented visual artists and performers from several different countries.
Additionally, ticket packages will include the LaughFest’s Best shows, which will feature comedians from across the festival, and shows from local comedy troupes Pop Scholars and River City Improv.
Ticket packages start at $32 and will be available to the public beginning at 9 a.m. today, Friday, Dec. 4 online at laughfestgr.org, or by phone at (616) 735-HAHA (4242). Tickets for Meyers’ performance during the Signature Event are currently available for purchase. Table sponsorships are available for $2,500, $5,000 and $10,000 for tables of 10. Individual tickets are available for $250. $100 of the individual ticket cost is tax deductible.