For Immediate Release

CONTACT: Tyler Lecceadone





GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Jan. 27, 2017 – Individual ticket sales for all Gilda’s LaughFest events will begin Friday, Jan. 27, at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices or by visiting


The 2017 festival runs from March 9-19 and will include free and ticketed events featuring over 100 artists at venues in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland. Headlining acts include: Howie Mandel, Pete Holmes & Friends, Joel McHale, Kevin Heffernan, Steve Lemme, Iliza and Sinbad.  Katt Williams, in partnership with Smash Productions, will headline an encore performance on March 26.


Additional acts include Keith Alberstadt, Samuel Comroe, Hen Sapp, and Rory Scovel, Jeannette Rizzi, Blackout Diaries, The Dirty Show, Homegrown Show, The Irish Comedy Tour, and PechaKucha.


The Best of the Midwest Competition, the National Stand-up Comedy Showcase, the Clean Comedy Showcase, FUNderwear Run, and Seriously Funny Adventure will return for the 2017 festival.  Baby Loves Disco and Super Saturday Kids Zone will also return as part of the Family Friendly Series presented by Meijer. For more information on events and performances, visit, or call 616-735-HAHA (4242).


Gilda’s LaughFest was created by a team at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in 2011. Since inception, LaughFest has averaged 50,000 attendees per year. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.


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Gilda's Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause. The comprehensive program, delivered by licensed healthcare professionals includes education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities. Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is one of the largest and busiest of the 44 affiliates in North America. The organization runs entirely on charitable donations and currently serves more than 10,000 individuals each year at its clubhouses in Grand Rapids and Lowell, Mich., in various schools and in five community centers. For more information, visit