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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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Lavell Crawford Cancels Gilda’s LaughFest Appearance Because of Movie Production

Lavell Crawford has canceled his Gilda's LaughFest appearance for Wednesday night because of a movie he's currently filming, festival officials announced this morning.

The cancellation of his appearance at Fountain Street Church is because of a change in the production schedule for the film "Meet the Blacks."

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

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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Get Your Free Tickets to Laughfest Presents: Big Jay Oakerson at The Orbit Room!

 

Gilda's Laughfest has so much to offer to make sure you are laughing this season! While there are some big names coming around this area for the event that can cost you a penny or two.

We have a box full of tickets to a great Laughfest event at the Orbit Room!

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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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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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See April Macie-Brad Williams Show at LaughFest with Free Tickets [Video]

Comedians April Macie and Brad Williams have a show at 8 p.m. March 11 at The Orbit Room in Grand Rapids.

97.9 'GRD Rocks is offering you a chance to get up to four free tickets to the Gilda's LaughFest performance, which is for ages 21 and older.

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Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, and Chris Tucker To Headline Gilda’s Laughfest 2014

Tuesday morning the Grand Rapids Art Museum was a sea of yellow as folks gathered for the announcement of 2014's Laughfest lineup. An early announcement was made that long-time comedian Lily Tomlin would be featured as one of the festival's headliners, but who else will be coming to Grand Rapids March 6-16?

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All Laughs During First Ever Free Beer and Hot Wings Live Show at LaughFest 2013

It was a busy time for Grand Rapids this past weekend. Not only was St. Patrick's Day coming up, but comedy festival Gilda's LaughFest was entering the final stretch of their 10-day marathon. The first Live at Night With the Free Beer & Hot Wings Show was Friday night (March 15) at The Intersection and one of the many sold out showcases during LaughFest.

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LaughFest Kicks Off With A World Record Breaking Stunt

LaughFest 2013 kicked off last night, March 7th in Rosa Parks Circle.  Over 1,500 people from all over West Michigan came downtown to help break an odd world record.  The record they were trying to beat was the most people with fake mustaches in one area at one time.

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Individual Tickets For LaughFest 2013 Go On Sale Friday, January 11

LaughFest is only a couple of months away.  Ticket packages were on sale, those purchase opportunities are now closed.

The first chance at individual tickets arrives on Friday, January 11.

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LaughFest Lineup To Be Announced Tuesday!

Almost as exciting as this past Tuesday's election is this upcoming Tuesday's announcement of the LaughFest 2013 lineup.

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