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Gilda’s LaughFest’s Community Kickoff Moved to Fountain Street Church

Gilda’s LaughFest is relocating its LaughFest Community Kickoff for the 10-day festival on Thursday night to Fountain Street Church because of weather concerns, festival officials announced.

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Kathleen Madigan Talks Gilda’s LaughFest, Jokes About Family and Family Names [Audio]

Late this morning on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show," we got a chance to talk to comedian Kathleen Madigan.

She was the very first comedian Free Beer and Hot Wings ever interviewed nearly 15 years ago!

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Actor-Comedian Billy Gardell Talks DJs, Chevy Bel Air, LaughFest and Steelers [Audio]

Actor-comedian Billy Gardell visited with us on "The Free Beer & Hot Wings Morning Show" today.

Gardell is perhaps best known for his work on CBS' "Mike & Molly" and he appears next week at the Gilda's LaughFest comedy festival in Grand Rapids.

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Bring Your Animal Friends to LaughFests’ People and Pets Event March 8 [Video]

Pets can be seriously funny. Just go online. Every other video is cats squeezing into too tiny boxes, talking dogs, fainting goats, and birds with mad dance skills.

We love our animals! That's why it's great that they can share in the fun of  Gilda's LaughFest at the People and Pets event.  

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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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Sinbad, Madigan, Breuer, Willman and Kosta to Perform at LaughFest’s Signature Event

Gilda's Laughfest announced Tuesday that this year’s Signature Event will celebrate the festival’s fifth year with a lineup of returning LaughFest comedians coming together for the first time

LaughFest also announced the remaining acts for the 2015 festival, which will run from March 5 to 15 at venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

The Signature Event will take place on Tuesday, March 10, at DeVos Performance Hall and will be hosted by Michael Kosta, the winner of LaughFest’s 2011 stand-up competition. The event will feature headlining acts from LaughFest’s past years, including Jim Breuer, Kathleen Madigan, Sinbad and Justin Willman.

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Jim Jefferies, Nick Thune, Brody Stevens Among Comedians Added for Gilda’s LaughFest 2015

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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LaughFest Extends Deadline to Sign up for Community Showcases through December 8th

Think you're one funny son-of-a gun? Or are you a total dancing machine? Show off those skills at LaughFest!

Gilda's LaughFest has extended the sign-up for their 2015 community showcases through Monday, December 8th.

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Laughfest 2015 to Feature George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Patton Oswalt – Will Celebrate #FiveYearsOfSmiles

Today, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced the first round of talent and shows for the festival’s fifth year which will be held March 5 to 15, 2015. The announcement included performers that are new to the festival, as well as some past favorites returning to take part in the festival’s fifth year.

The headliners announced Tuesday include: George Lopez, Patton Oswalt, Wanda Sykes and LaughFest veterans Bo Burnham, YouTube star and singer/songwriter comedian; Pete Holmes, who will be perform two shows and record a live podcast; and Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" Ticket packages for the festival will go on sale Friday, November 14.

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