Get Ready to Laugh


Individual Gilda’s LaughFest tickets go on sale this Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

Tickets for the 10-day festival featuring headliners Brian Regan, Jo Koy, Ai Wong, Matt Bellassai, Ed Asner, Nate Bargatze, Loni Love, and other seriously funny events can be can be purchased at (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices, or by calling 616-735-HAHA (4242).

LaughFest also announced several additional events for the March 7-17 festival.

The Comedy Project will feature several shows throughout the festival including Ctl Alt Deflect, a Second City-style comedy revue that will run March 8, 9, 15, and 16. Quintin Hicks’ “Fish Dinner” will take place March 15 and 16. MSW3, (Murder, She Wrote), a Riff Trax and Mystery Science Theater style show will happen on March 8. Finally, The Million Dollar Variety Show featuring comedian and juggler Will Oltman, vaudevillian performer extraordinaire Audria Larsen and comedian and magician Trino, will take place March 14.

Returning this year is the FUNderwear Run, which begins at 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 10, downtown Grand Rapids. The FUNderwear Run is a .6-mile course that will start and end at New Holland Brewing Company’s Knickerbocker, located at 417 Bridge St. NW. All racers are encouraged to wear their most hilarious and finest underwear over their running clothes, all to help create laughs and smiles. Those with the flashiest, funniest and most creative underwear may be picked for a prize for the best underwear contest. Registration before or on Feb. 25 will be $25 including an official race t-shirt, drink ticket and finisher medal. Registration after Feb. 25 will rise to $30.

For those looking to volunteer, volunteer registration is now open and runs through Feb. 4 for both new and returning volunteers. Volunteers can help with several different teams throughout the festival including event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise, office support and volunteer staffing needs during all LaughFest ticketed and non-ticketed events. Volunteers interested can sign up at

*Photo courtesy of LaughFest

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