Patton Oswalt, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes set to headline Gilda’s LaughFest

Wanda SykesPatton Oswalt, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes and Bo Burnham are just a few of the headliners that will descend on Grand Rapids between March 5-15, 2015 for the fifth annual Gilda’s LaughFest, organizers announced this morning. Other comedians set to perform are Pete Holmes (who’ll perform two stand-up shows and record a live podcast), Whose Line is it Anyway stars Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, Brian Posehn, Lavell Crawford, Billy Gardell, Jerrod Carmichael and Iliza Shlesinger. Since its inception five years ago, proceeds from LaughFest are put into Gilda’s Club of Grand Rapids. Ticket packages to LaughFest go on sale this Friday, Nov. 14.

“In planning our fifth year, we were looking to bring back some of our most popular acts from festival’s past while continuing to bring fresh faces to West Michigan,” says Joanne Roehm, festival director of LaughFest. “Following four successful years, the festival’s foundation will continue the tradition of laughter by featuring stand-up comedy, improv, music, dance, speakers, pets, children’s shows, free professional and amateur showcases, and a variety of other events that will allow everyone an opportunity to laugh.”

Two of the highlight events each year of LaughFest are the Best of the Midwest Competition and the national comedian showcase. Comedians Jeff Arcuri, Tom Brady, Katrina Brown, Danny Kallas, Bryan McCree, Mike Merryfield, Carmen Morales, Tommy Ryman, Norm Stulz and BT will compete for a $2,500 prize in the Best of the Midwest Competition. Joe DeRosa, Kyle Grooms, Ian Karmel, Randy Liedtke, Jared Logan, Alingon Mitra, Sara Schaefer, Dan Soder, Liza Tryeger and Sheng Wang will be featured in the national showcase. LaughFest each year also features a Clean Comedy Showcase, aptly sponsored by Bissell. This year Todd Andrews, Tracey Ashley, Sid Davis, Erin Foley, Dale Jones, Joe List, Andrew Norelli and PJ Walsh will sling jokes sans the R-rated flavor.

Stay tuned for additional comedian and program announcements. This is only the first round of talent. For more info about Gilda’s LaughFest, head on over to

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