• 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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    Gilda’s LaughFest announces Iliza Shlesinger, Sinbad and more in first round of talent for 2017 festival

    Today, officials from the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, Gilda’s LaughFest, announced the first round of talent and shows scheduled for the festival’s seventh year to be held March 9 to 19, 2017, in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding communities. New this year, details were released regarding LaughFest Badges, which allow individuals access to various aspects of the festival depending on the level of badge purchased. Headliners announced

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    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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    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: Mary Lynn Rajskub interview (Audio)

    While at Gilda’s LaughFest in Grand Rapids, Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino interviews comedian and actress Mary Lynn Rajskub, best known as Chloe from the hit show 24 with Kiefer Sutherland. This laid-back chat ranges from balancing life on the road while being a parent, the constant questions as to whether there will be a 24 movie, anxiety attacks and so much more! Each week on the Laughspin Podcast, Dylan Gadino

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    Laughspin Podcast special episode: Lewis Black interview

    In this special edition of the Laughspin Podcast, Laughspin editor Dylan Gadino sits down with comedian Lewis Black in Grand Rapids, Michigan during the third annual Gilda’s LaughFest. The far-ranging interview covers everything from the evolution of Black’s stand-up career, his plans for a new book, the gun control debate, the growing trend of comedians self-releasing albums and specials (and the predicament that puts him in), his personal life and

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    Comedian Mike E. Winfield wins $10,000 at Gilda’s LaughFest (Video)

    GRAND RAPIDS — After two days and eight performances, comedian Mike E. Winfield snagged himself $10,000 in the third annual Gilda’s LaughFest national stand-up comedy competition. Winfield and four other finalists — James Adomian, Jamie Lee, Brendon Walsh and Julian McCullough — performed Saturday to packed crowds at Dr. Grins comedy club and 3rd Floor at the B.O.B, as they were rated by both the audience and a panel of

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    Gilda’s LaughFest review: Lewis Black makes our imminent demise fun

    GRAND RAPIDS – Despite the insanely vigorous national touring schedule – including many stops in Michigan – he’s maintained over the years, it has been a long time since Lewis Black has set foot in Grand Rapids. Leave it to the organizers at Gilda’s LaughFest (of which the show was a part) to change that. But as he told the crowd of 2,200 people at the DeVos Performance Hall last

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