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LaughFest reveals lineup

December 3, 2015
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Gilda's LaughFest is a 10-day comedy festival across the Grand Rapids area produced by the nonprofit Gilda's Club Grand Rapids, which offers free emotional health care programs to those dealing with cancer or grief. Photo via fb.com

Gilda’s LaughFest has announced the lineup for its 2016 “festival of laughter.”

LaughFest will be held March 10-20, bringing some of the country's top comedians to venues across Grand Rapids and its surrounding communities.

LaughFest announced today at the Grand Rapids Art Museum that Seth Meyers, Kathy Griffin and Marlon Wayans will headline next year’s festival, with several other performers slated to take the stage over the 10-day period.

The festival is now in its sixth year, having launched in 2011 by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids to benefit the nonprofit, which offers free emotional health care programs to those dealing with cancer or grief of any kind.

“We’re excited to bring the diverse talent from all genres,” said Joanne Roehm, festival director, LaughFest.

Wendy Wigger, board president at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, said the proceeds from LaughFest now account for 10-15 percent of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ operating revenue.

Gilda Radner

Gilda’s LaughFest is named after Gilda Radner, an original "Saturday Night Live" cast member who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

LaughFest noted through her own personal journey, Radner reminded those dealing with cancer "that it is alright to laugh and smile."

The festival celebrates that message.

Ticket details

Ticket packages will go on sale beginning tomorrow at 9 a.m.

Ticket packages start at $32. They can be purchased at laughfestgr.org or by phone at 616-735-HAHA (4242).

Tickets for Meyers' performance during the Signature Event are available for purchase.

Individual tickets for shows will be available starting on Jan. 15. Individual tickets range from $7 to $57.50 and can be purchased at the Van Andel Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets or ticketmaster.com.

Tickets will also be available at LaughFest Central when it opens in mid February.

"High Five" campaign

LaughFest will once again be collecting donations through its “High Five” campaign, which will go toward supporting Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ children’s programs.

People interested in donating to the "High Five" campaign may do so by purchasing a button for a $5 donation at participating restaurants and businesses in West Michigan or through the LaughFest website.

LaughFest 2016 lineup

Chris D’Elia can be seen staring as “Danny” on NBC’s comedy series “Undateable,” as well as his Netflix special “Incorrigible.”

Bridget Everett’s film and television credits include “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Girls,” “Sex and the City,” “Trainwreck” and the upcoming Netflix series “Lady Dynamite.”

Ron Funches’ television appearances include recurring roles on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” and Disney’s “Crash and Bernstein.”

The Grawlix is a comic trio consisting of Adam Cayton-Holland, Ben Roy and Andrew Orvedahl, who have been named to Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” list.

Kathy Griffin is a two time Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian. Griffin made history with her sixth-consecutive Grammy nomination and first win for Best Comedy Album, “Kathy Griffin: Calm Down Gurrl,” joining Whoopi Goldberg and Lily Tomlin as the only other female comedians to ever win Grammy awards for Best Comedy Album.

Anjelah Johnson’s Internet video “Nail Salon” went viral a few years ago. She has since guest starred on several television shows, including “The Shield,” “Ugly Betty” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

Bert Kreischer is the host of the Travel Channel’s “Trip Flip” and an upcoming new season of “Bert the Conqueror,” and he previously hosted “Hurt Bert.”

Drew Lynch was a Golden Buzzer winner and the first runner-up on “America’s Got Talent” season 10 in 2015.

Sebastian Maniscalco has a new Showtime standup special “Aren’t You Embarrassed?” and was a 2014 American Comedy Award nominee for Best Club Comedian.

Heather McDonald just debuted her first Showtime special “I Don’t Mean to Brag,” which achieved record ratings on the network and is streaming on Netflix. She has also made regular appearances on “Chelsea Lately.”

Seth Meyers is an Emmy-winning writer and host of “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” He was recently named one of the 2014 “Time 100,” Time magazine’s 100 most-influential people, and hosted the 66th “Primetime Emmy Awards.”

Jim Norton is an American comedian, radio personality, bestselling author and actor. He is the co-host of “The Opie with Jim Norton Show” on Sirius XM Radio and has three one-hour comedy specials available on Hulu.

Marlon Wayans is an actor, producer, comedian, writer and film director. Wayans is commonly recognized for his role as “Marcus Copeland” in the comedy movie “White Chicks” from 2004.

DeRay Davis’ film credits include “Jumping the Broom,” “Semi-Pro,” “Old Dogs,” “Scary Movie 4,” “Barbershop” one and two and “21 Jump Street.”

Finesse Mitchell was a member of the 2013 “Shaq All-Star Comedy Jam” tour. He is the host of “Beat the Champions,” a new FOX Network competition special that offers amateurs the chance to challenge the world’s premier athletes for cash prizes.

Roy Wood Jr. is a correspondent on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Wood is also a regular on the TBS show “Sullivan & Son.”

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