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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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Comedian Bert Kreischer Talks to Free Beer & Hot Wings About Book Writing & Flugtag While Drinking Boxed Wine [Video]

During the hour that Bert was in studio we discussed writing a book and forgetting to change the names of friends he mentioned, nearly killing himself when jumping off an aircraft carrier, and stories about fellow comedians Joe Rogan, Bill Burr and the late Patrice O'Neal.

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Jim Norton Talks Morning Comedy and Headlining at Laughfest – Free Beer and Hot Wings Segment 16 [Video]

On Friday's Segment 16, the guys spoke with comic Jim Norton about his show on Saturday night at the Fountain Street Church for Laughfest. Jim was calling from the car, after having performed a 90-minute set in the morning, and promptly made a Jim Croce plane crash joke, a Spotlight screening joke in a church, and more.

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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, 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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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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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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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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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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Big Jay Oakerson and Ben Roy Bringing Laughs to The Orbit Room On Thursday! [Video]

On Thursday, Gilda's Laughfest and Bud Light is prepared to bring smiles and laughs to The Orbit Room.

Featured on Comedy Central's This is Not Happening, Big Jay Oakerson is headlining a night of laughs along with comedian Ben Roy as a special guest. The performance is 8 p.m.

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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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