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Laughfest brings comedy to Grand Rapids for a good cause

Laughfest takes place in Grand Rapids
Laughfest takes place in Grand Rapids

The comedians are back to give cancer a kick in the pants.

Gilda’s Laughfest returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan on March 6 for ten days of fun and laughter, all for a good cause. Laughfest started in 2011 as a fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Named after Saturday Night Live comedienne Gilder Radner, the organization supports children, adults and families dealing with cancer or on a grief journey. In addition, science has shown that laughter can actually lead to better health.

The comedy festival has almost 200 events including headliners, up and comers, films and community events throughout it’s week and a half run. For a full list of performers, check out the Laughfest website. Here are just a few highlights.

March 7 – Jim Gaffigan at GRCC Ford Fieldhouse.
March 7 – Judah Friedlander, from the TV show 30 Rock, at McFadden’s.
March 9 – Mike Birbiglia at DeVos Performance Hall.
March 9 – College Improv Showcase featuring groups from Calvin College, Hope College and Central Michigan University at Compass College of Cinematic Arts.
March 12 – Jay Leno at DeVos Place. This is the signature event of Laughfest and features a cocktail reception and dinner.
March 14 – National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase at The B.O.B. features national touring comedians along with dinner.
March 14 – Chris Tucker at GRCC Fieldhouse.
March 14 – Jen Kirkman, from the TV show Chelsea Lately, at McFadden’s.
March 16 – Sinbad closes out Laughfest at Fountain Street Church.

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