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LaughFest mixing health and humor

February 22, 2017
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LaughFest Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge is a scavenger hunt and part of LaughFest. Courtesy Gilda's LaughFest

A local 10-day comedy festival is producing a slew of events tied together by the theme “For the Health of It.”

Gilda’s LaughFest said it will host the health- and humor-related events during the March 9-19 festival.

A number of events will be part of the “For the Health of It” theme: LaughteRx, a series of “laughter yoga” sessions and discussions focused on the health benefits of humor; comedian Samuel Comroe’s partnership performance with DisArt, a standup performance that includes a message about living with a disability; the FUNderwear Run, a 5k fun run where participants are encouraged to wear their best underwear over their running clothes; and Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge, a scavenger hunt with various timed challenges.

LaughteRx "laughter yoga"

  • Seven “laughter yoga” drop-in sessions hosted at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, at 1806 Bridge St. NW. Check laughfestgr.org for times and dates.

LaughteRx discussions on the health benefits of humor at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids

  • Laughter is Good Medicine, MSU Extension Program, 11 a.m., March 11
  • Laughter and Humor in the Treatment of Pain and Serious Illness, 12 p.m., March 14
  • The Sexy Chapters of Our Lives, 1 p.m., March 16

LaughteRx discussions on health and laughter held elsewhere

  • Punchlines: How the funny things in life enhance physical and spiritual vitality, 7 p.m., March 14, Catholic information Center in Grand Rapids
  • Laughter & Music, Franciscan Life Process Center in Lowell, 7:30 p.m., March 15
  • The Real and Funny Side of Living Life with a Disability, presented by Disability Advocates, Grand Rapids Art Museum, 7 p.m., March 17
  • Humor and Health Panel, The B.O.B., 11 a.m., March 18

Other “For the Health of It” events

  • The fourth-annual FUNderwear Run 5k. Registration is $35. Race-day signups open at 8:30 a.m. on March 12; race starts at 10 a.m.
  • The sixth-annual Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge, 1 p.m., March 19 at The B.O.B. Event is free but requires tickets

Samuel Comroe

  • Samuel Comroe’s $25 ticketed partnership performance with DisArt, 7 p.m., March 16 at The B.O.B. Event focuses on the social inclusion of people with disabilities by reducing the social barriers that might otherwise prevent them from engaging in the community.

Registration for all events is open at laughfestgr.org.

Gilda’s LaughFest

Gilda’s LaughFest was created by a team at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids in 2011.

Since inception, LaughFest has averaged 50,000 attendees per year.

Proceeds from the festival support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

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