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    If it has to do with will find it at LaughFest - a 10-day festival of stand-up comedy, improv, live shows, films, authors, community showcases (featuring you!) and a variety of other seriously funny stuff. All proceeds will benefit the cancer, grief and support programs offered through Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.


    LaughFest features laughter in all its forms from comedy, performance, and improv to film, dance and a variety of seriously funny stuff. Each year has drawn an average of 50,000 attendees to Grand Rapids and West Michigan for free and ticketed events.

    LaughFest 2016 include Seth Meyers, Chris D'Elia, Kathy Griffin, Anjelah Johnson, Sebastian Mansicalco, Jim Norton, Marlon Wayans, Heather McDonald and more!


    LaughFest 2016 will include the Greater West Michigan region, with the hub of the festival centered in a variety of venues downtown Grand Rapids. In previous festival years, over 65 venues have been featured ranging in size from 50 seats to 3,300 seats.  This will be similar in 2016, with the option to add a 10,000 seat arena.


    March 10-20, 2016

    Ticket Information:

    Ticket Packages are on sale December 4, 2015 - January 5, 2016. Explore the LaughFest Brochure!

    Or, become a LaughtFest Friends with three levels of membership:

    1. $25: Includes an exclusive t-shirt designed by The Mitten State, a High Five button and other perks.
    2. $50: Includes all of the above, plus a Mitten State Smile Decal, a Smile Pass Book with special offers and discounts from partners in February 2015, and a 10% discount for merchandise at LaughFest Central and online plus more.
    3. $100: Includes all of the above plus pre-sale opportunities to buy ticket and packages beginning November 13and single tickets beginning Jan. 8, 2015 plus other perks. 

    Schedule of Events:

    Explore the LaughFest Brochure!

    Call for Volunteers:

    LaughFest would not be possible without the many volunteers needed - and LaughFest has many opportunity available! Check out how you can volunteer!

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