• Ed Asner and ‘his prostate’ headline Gilda’s LaughFest 2019

    Watch out, Michigan! Gilda’s LaughFest announced some of the big names performing at this year’s festival. The Grand Rapids-based festival has brought its signature brand of Midwestern hospitality and compassion to comedy stages for the last nine years. Some of the headliners for this year’s festival include Brian Regan, Ed Asner, Ali Wong, Loni Love, Brad Upton, Jo Koy, Nate Bargatze, and Matt Bellassai. Others slated to perform at the fest

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    Dropping Gilda Radner’s name from Gilda’s Club is disrespectful, but let’s not lose focus (Opinion)

    Since the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of Gilda’s Club announced this week their plans to change the name of their organization by removing any reference to late comedian and Saturday Night Live great Gilda Radner, after whom the non-profit was named, there’s been an incredible amount of backlash— and in my opinion, for good reason. Speaking to the Wisconsin State Journal ahead of the formal announcement and ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for

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    Lewis Black, Bill Burr, DL Hughley and more to play Laughfest; tickets on sale Nov. 30

    When Laughfest hits Grand Rapids, MI this coming March, it will mark the 10-day festival’s third installment, yet it’s wise beyond its years. Having already welcomed some of the biggest names in comedy (think Bill Cosby, Betty White, Jim Gaffigan) into the close-knit city during its first two colossal efforts, organizers this year had the challenge of producing an event to meet the comedy world’s expectations. And judging by those

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    Exclusive comedian photo gallery: Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Anjelah Johnson and more!

    In March, I had the great pleasure of attending the second Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The 10-day event raises money for the city’s chapter of Gilda’s Club, which offers support for cancer patients and their families. Founded in honor of comedian Gilda Radner, Gilda’s Club locations can be found across the country. While I was busy taking in shows and interviewing as many comedians as possible, photographer Brian

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    Laughfest comedians speak out about healing through comedy

    You may or may not have noticed that we here at Laughspin have been pushing the upcoming Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids, Michigan pretty hard. I’m not about to try to convince you that we’ve been unbiased in our editorial coverage, our Tweets and our Facebook links; we’re biased. We love Laughfest. I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural fest for a few days last year; I was also

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    Gilda’s LaughFest will feature Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Maron and more

    Jim Gaffigan, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Maron and a seemingly endless list of other big name comedians are scheduled to perform at the second annual Gilda’s LaughFest, to be held in Grand Rapids, MI next year from March 8 -18. The festival has a unique position within the country’s other comedy festivals, as it was created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to help raise money for its center — one of

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