• Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum

    GRAND RAPIDS — By Saturday night’s end here at Gilda’s LaughFest I was happily bathed in classically executed musical comedy theatrics set inside a gorgeous 1,500-seat venue and alternatively a persistent stream of dick-and-fart jokes delivered from a stage housed in a gritty, few-hundred-seat rock club. The experience proved that, regardless of subject matter and presentation, comedy of any shape — so long as it’s in a master’s hands —

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    Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Before launching into his closing bit — a story about a disinterested, lazily-costumed clown at a child’s birthday he attended with his five-year-old daughter — Patton Oswalt admitted to an audibly appreciative crowd last night at the Fountain Street Church, “Thank you, guys. I needed this so bad.” Moments later when the veteran comedian began acting out the scene in which said clown emerged from the trees

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    Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — “Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist….If I was going to be raped, I’d like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I’ve been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?” And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (yes church) as part of the fifth annual Gilda’s LaughFest. Throughout the better part of the

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    Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

    GRAND RAPIDS — Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest — and was handed a check for $2,500 — late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda’s LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist during the most recent season of Last Comic Standing, the bespectacled,  buttoned-down Ryman presented a near perfect mix of unassuming

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    ‘Impractical Jokers’ comedy crew The Tenderloins kill at Gilda’s LaughFest

    GRAND RAPIDS — Things you don’t see in a church: an extreme close-up photograph of someone’s left testicle projected onto a giant screen, a video of a man eating dog shit and 1,500 people watching with rapt attention to both. That is, unless it’s day nine of Gilda’s LaughFest and the church in question is the Fountain Street Church, one of the most liberal churches in the country and as

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    Chris Tucker talks tax problems, Michael Jackson and more at Gilda’s LaughFest

    GRAND RAPIDS — Ever since news broke in 2009 that he owed the government a few million in back taxes, comedian Chris Tucker unfortunately became a constant presence on TMZ instead of on the big screen or on stand-up stages. In 2007 he starred in the third and what would become the last Rush Hour film as Detective James Carver, alongside Jackie Chan. At the time, he was the highest paid

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    Kids telling jokes at Gilda’s LaughFest (Video)

    GRAND RAPIDS — As part of the 10-day Gilda’s LaughFest here, a much younger crop of upcoming comedians had the chance to sling jokes at the public library. This is a very brief glimpse of one of the many great, free events throughout the festival. If it doesn’t make you smile, we’re not sure what will. The money raised throughout the 10-day Gilda’s LaughFest goes to support the services of

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    Kevin Bozeman gives Gilda’s LaughFest an education in comedy

    GRAND RAPIDS — If you haven’t heard of Kevin Bozeman yet, you will. The 14-year comedy vet is close to releasing his third album and was a huge highlight of this year’s Gilda’s LaughFest. One of the many events throughout these 10 days of comedy festivities was an intimate Q&A with Bozeman on Thursday at the Grand Rapids Public Library, wherein the Chicago-based comic revealed the behind-the-scenes aspects of working

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    Jay Leno, Chris Tucker, Lily Tomlin and more announced for Gilda’s LaughFest

    Some of the biggest names in stand-up comedy have been announced as headliners of this year’s Gilda’s LaughFest. The nation’s first-ever community-wide comedy festival announced its first round of talent and shows lined up for its fourth year of operation. Among the headliners announced today were LaughFest veterans Jim Gaffigan and Sinbad. The festival, running from March 6 to 16, will feature headliners Lily Tomlin, making a special appearance in

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    Gilda’s LaughFest accepting comedian submissions for 2014

    Gilda’s LaughFest, named after the late comedienne Gilda Radner, is one of the largest comedy festivals in the country, known for its all-star schedule of the nation’s top headliners. A few of the seemingly countless names featured in the the last three years are Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Amy Schumer, Brian Regan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart and many more. The festival will also host over 100 free community showcases at

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    LaughFest photo gallery with Garfunkel & Oates, Joel McHale, Bill Burr, more! (Exclusive)

    For the third year in a row, I had the privilege of attending Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI, a 10-day festival featuring some of the biggest names in comedy as well as some of the best up-and-coming comics around the country. The proceeds of all the shows go to benefit Gilda’s Club-Grand Rapids, which — like the other chapters across the country — provides support for cancer patients and their

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    Laughspin Podcast special episode: Cy Amundson interview from Gilda’s LaughFest

    In this special edition of the Laughspin Podcast, Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino sits down with comedian Cy Amundson in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the third annual Gilda’s LaughFest. The fast-moving chat covers Cy’s rise from local Minnesota comedy hero to the nationally known comedian with a development deal with MTV he is today. Each week on the Laughspin Podcast, Dylan Gadino and Mike Gogel bring you comedy news, the most

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    Gilda’s Laughfest breaks fake mustache world record

    To kick off the third annual Gilda’s Laughfest in Grand Rapids yesterday, organizers attempted to break the Guinness world record for – wait for it – the largest gathering of people wearing fake mustaches. And while the folks at Guinness will need to certify those efforts, officials counted 1,544 people with fake mustaches, breaking the previous record of 648, which went down last year at a St Louis Rams event.

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    Video interview: Dan Cummins at Laugh Fest

    So while I’m here in Grand Rapids, MI checking out Laugh Fest — whose lineup boasts the likes of Betty White, Bill Cosby, Mike Birbigla and Stephen Lynch — I thought I should try to catch up with some of the other comics performing. Tomorrow night, the fest is hosting a national stand-up competition, wherein the winner grabs $10,000. Not too shabby. Dan Cummins is part of said competition (full

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    Inaugural LaughFest boasts Birbiglia, Cosby, Cho; will benefit cancer patients

    Grand Rapids, Michigan isn’t exactly the first place you think of when you’re mentally running down the nation’s biggest stand-up comedy cities (you guys don’t do that?). So, when I first heard a few months ago about a new comedy festival Gilda’s LaughFest taking place in the aforementioned town, I was a bit skeptical. I was wrong to feel that way. These laugh wranglers have their shit together. The 10-day

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