Museum to host comedy event

Grand Rapids Public Museum
Grand Rapids Public Museum. Courtesy GRPM

The Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) is partnering with Gilda’s LaughFest to host a comedy show.

“LaughFest: Night at the Museum” will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at the museum, at 272 Pearl St. NW in downtown Grand Rapids.

“The museum is excited to partner with LaughFest in this new way for the community,” said Kate Kocienski, vice president of marketing and public relations for GRPM. “’LaughFest: Night at the Museum’ is a unique opportunity for all ages to enjoy exclusive access to explore the museum’s exhibits in a limited capacity setting, followed by a family-friendly comedy show to end the night off.”

The event will feature comedians Dave Dyer and Allen Trieu.

Dyer has been performing standup at comedy clubs and corporate events for over 25 years. He has worked with comedians Mike Birbiglia, Jim Breuer and Lewis Black. Dyer also has been a contributing writer for NBC’s “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and ABC’s “Politically Incorrect” and has appeared on the roster for the “Friends of The Bob and Tom Show” comedy tour.

Dyer has a new web series called “Sidecar Sessions,” in which he interviews guests who are sitting in the sidecar of his motorcycle as he pilots the bike around town. He also stars in another web series called “Pillars” with co-star Kevin Yon.

He also is an on-call firefighter with Grand Rapids Charter Township and a full-time firefighter with the city of Muskegon.

Trieu began his comedy career by winning Grand Valley State University’s Last Laker Standing Competition. Since then, he has appeared on the “Bob and Tom Show” and performed at the World Famous Comedy Store and the Laugh Factory. His debut album “A Cry for Help” was No. 1 on the iTunes comedy charts.

In addition to being a comedian, Trieu is a college football recruiting analyst for 247Sports and has appeared on the Big Ten Network.

“LaughFest was designed 10 years ago to be a community event that celebrates laughter in all its forms,” said Zack Berends, LaughFest festival manager of Gilda’s Club and Gilda’s LaughFest. “’LaughFest: Night at the Museum’ at the Grand Rapids Public Museum is a perfect example of how the community and Gilda’s Club can come together to engage West Michigan, share laughter with others, all while having a seriously good time.”

Cash bars will be available. Tickets are $25 each, with a reduced price of $20 each for museum members, and can be purchased here.

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