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Gad Holland
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LaughFest’s Amateur Comedy Showcase Introduces Us to Lots of Great Comics

I love the Amateur Comedy Showcases, not because they're non-stop hilarity, but because you never know what you're going to get!

Gilda's LaughFest hosts several amateur showcases every year during the festival, and I got check out a few and see some local and regional comics working hard on their sets.

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Dan Soder
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LaughFest’s National Comedy Showcase Featured Six Fantastic Comics

On Saturday night, I got to help host the National Comedy Showcase at Dr. Grin's for Gilda's LaughFest.

There were five touring comics and a great local comic who did a great job of keeping the laughter going.

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WGRD’s Fourth Dumb Internet Challenge — Marshmallow Bunnies! [Video]

In the fourth installment of the WGRD Dumb Internet Challenge, I gathered Producer Joe and Producer Steve of The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show, Jojo Girard from 98.7 WFGR and Wendy Reed from Channel 95.7 to eat sweets!

We took the marshmallow challenge to see who could say: "Chubby bunny, fluffy bunny." The goal was to do that with the most marshmallows in their mouths.

Who won? Who didn't make it to even one?

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Screaming for Silence and Local Groups Rock Together at the Orbit Room on March 20! [Video]

Looking for something to do next week Friday?

We have the answer for you! For just a measly $9.79, that can get you a ticket into a show featuring a lineup of amazing local bands and a national touring band!

Check out WGRD presents, Screaming for Silence with Deadwood Stone, Coldville, Fled Five, and Broken Like Me! Friday March 20 at the Orbit Room!

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Big Jay Oakerson
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Big Jay Oakerson, Ben Roy, David Dyer, Adam Degi Rocked The Orbit Room for LaughFest

GRD got to give away a bunch of tickets this week so people could get in to see the Big Jay Oakerson show with Ben Roy at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids.

It was all part of Gilda's LaughFest on Thursday night.

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Midwesterners Attempt to Pronounce Spanish Words and It’s Hilarious [Video]

The other day, I posted a little video featuring some of my friends I worked with at KLAQ in El Paso, as they attempted to pronounce some Michigan and Midwest words.

They failed in spectacular fashion.

So, as punishment, they sent us some Spanish words to try.

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Slipknot Slashes Upper Bowl Ticket Prices for Friday the 13th Only! [Video]

If you were thinking about going to Slipknot on May 16 at the Van Andel Arena, now may be the best time to get tickets.

This Friday, in celebration of Friday the 13th, Slipknot is cutting a deal for their tour stop here in Grand Rapids!

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Texans Attempt to Pronounce Michigan Words with Hilarious Results [Video]

You wouldn't think the English language could change so much throughout a single country, but there's a really big difference in words' pronunciations north, south, east and west.

Moving up here from Texas last year, I've begun learning a lot about how things are said here. And I have to be honest: I'm still not any good at the words.

I will still say 'Mack-in-nack' Island, but mostly for funnies.

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Society Kills Takes Home Crown for 2015 WGRD Heavyweights! [Photos]

After three weeks of preliminary rounds and seeing the best that West Michigan has to offer, the 2015 GRD Heavyweights have come to a close.

Another year of amazing metal has graced that stages of The Stache and the big room at The Intersection in Grand Rapids.

This year, the fans voted and the kings have been crowned. Greenville's own Society Kills is the 2015 GRD Heavyweights Champion!

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Gilda’s Laughfest Amateur Showcase Gives Great Exposure to Up and Coming Comics

On Sunday at The B.O.B., I got to help introduce the Amateur Stand-up Showcase with a bunch of great local and not-so-local comics hitting the stage for laughs.

Fourteen up and coming comics each had five minutes to make people laugh, and that takes a lot of guts!

It's a really cool thing for Gilda's LaughFest to have these amateur showcases, getting hard-working comics the chance to perform at a great event, with some of the big names in comedy.

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2015 WGRD Heavyweights Finals Rock The Stache on Saturday!

After three weeks of preliminary rounds at The Stache, it has finally come down to the day where the winner will be crowned!

Which band will be crowned the 2015 WGRD Heavyweight Champion on Saturday night?

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Music Friday Songs for March 6

Each Friday, “The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show” replaces its regular “back-with” music with songs from our own music collections.

They can be anything, from corny mash-ups, rock, country, mid-Michigan '70s butt rock or anything in between.

Here’s the list of Music Friday songs from today's show.

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