Launched in March of 2011, Gilda’s LaughFest is the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter that attracts an average of 50,000 attendees. This 10-day festival includes events all through West Michigan. It was originally designed to celebrate “laughter for the health of it” and features improv, stand-up, and some of the funniest stuff you’ve ever seen.
LaughFest brings diversity to the forefront collecting an audience of children and adults every year in March. All proceeds benefit programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, a free community program designed to support emotional health.
This year’s festival will be from March 8th to 18th. Get your tickets now, available on ticketmaster.
Here are some notable names that have been featured in years’ past:
Maria Bamford, Mike Birbiglia, Lewis Black, Wayne Brady, Jim Breuer, Hannibal Buress, Bill Burr, Rodney Carrington, Margaret Cho, David Cross, Mike Epps, Judah Friedlander, Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, Kathy Griffin, Chris Hardwick, Kevin Hart, D.L.Hughley, Gabriel Iglesias, Anthony Jesselink, Jay Leno, Loni Love, Stephen Lynch, Marc Maron, Joel McHale, Kevin Nealon, Seth Meyers, Jim Norton, Brian Regan, Amy Schumer, Martin Short, Sinbad, Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Betty White, Justin Willman