LaughFest releases comedy album to benefit Gilda’s Club

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The comedians featured on the album include, clockwise from top left, Joe Zimmerman, Kermet Apio, John Novosad, Louis Ramey. Courtesy LaughFest
The proceeds from the album will support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which provides emotional healthcare to children, adults, families and friends that are affected by cancer. Courtesy LaughFest

In collaboration with The Laugh Button Records, Gilda’s LaughFest released a comedy album called “Gilda’s LaughFest: seriously funny” on Friday.

The album will feature comedians Kermet Apio, Joe Zimmerman, Louis Ramey and John Novosad, who cover issues such as relationships, food, sports, aging and more.

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to collaborate on this unique recording from Gilda’s LaughFest 2020,” said Joanne Roehm of LaughFest. “Our Clean Comedy All-Stars Showcase has always been a festival favorite, and we’re so happy to showcase these incredible comics in this way as part of our festival.”

The proceeds from the album will support Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which provides emotional healthcare to children, adults, families and friends that are affected by cancer. The organization offers education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities

“The Laugh Button has been a proud media partner of Gilda’s LaughFest since 2015,” said Chris Elles, partner at TLB Records. “Their support for emotional health through laughter is extremely important to us and our entire comedy community. We can’t wait for this collaboration and the opportunity to further contribute and celebrate LaughFest’s 10th anniversary.”

About the comedians:

Apio has appeared on television shows such as “Star Search,” “Evening at the Improv” and “Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson.” He has a special on Dry Bar Comedy, and he is often on Sirius/XM satellite radio.

Denver native Novosad is a stand-up comedian based out of the Comedy Works in his hometown. He has performed in clubs, theatres and bars across the country for over 30 years. Novosad has appeared on “The Late Show with Craig Ferguson” and Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated “Comedy TV.”

Ramey has been a stand-up comedian for 20 years. He is currently hosting TV Land’s “Prime Movie Block’s.” Ramey has performed on television in the U.S., Canada and abroad. He has appeared on shows such as NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” NBC’s “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” ABC daytime’s “The View” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly.”

Zimmerman has performed in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. He has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” “Conan” on TBS, “Comedy Cellar,” “Last Comic Standing” on NBC, “The Late Show with James Corden” and his own Comedy Central half-hour special. Zimmerman also has performed for private events for national and global brands, including Viacom, Spotify, MTV, Capital One, Comcast, Habitat for Humanity, EyeForPharma, Bright House Media, Great Clips, Huntsville International Airport and Six Point Harness. His debut album “Smiling at Wolves” reached No. 2 on the iTunes comedy charts.

A preview of the album can be heard below.

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