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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Dec. 16, 2016 – Ticket packages and badges for LaughFest 2017 will go on sale Friday, Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. and are available to purchase by visiting, or by calling 616-735-HAHA (4242). Single ticket sales will begin in late January. The festival will run March 9 to 19, with an encore performance held on March 26.


LaughFest officials announced yesterday that Joel McHale, Kevin Heffernan, and Steve Lemme will join the line-up as headlining acts. Katt Williams, in partnership with Smash Productions, will headline the encore performance on March 26. Additional headliners include Iliza (Shlesinger) and Sinbad. 


LaughFest Badges are priced at four levels and provide individuals with unique opportunities to experience the festival. Festival badges range in price from $99 - $449 and various options include tickets to their choice of artists, insider perks like access to exclusive parties, early access to single ticket sales, first chance seating at free shows, merchandise discounts, access to the Headliner’s Club, exclusive festival t-shirt, and more.  


Festival favorites and featuring multiple artists are, the Bissell Presents Clean Comedy Showcase, Best of the Midwest Competition, underwritten by Wolverine World Wide; and the Gun Lake Casino Presents National Stand-up Comedy Showcase will be returning during the 2017 festival. Additional shows announced include LaughFest’s Best, Pop Scholars and River City Improv. Other returning festival favorite events include LaughFest Showcases, FUNderwear Run, and the Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge.



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