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LaughFest names LaughteRx lineup

February 17, 2014
| By Pat Evans |
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LaughFest names LaughteRx lineup
Jana Stanfield. Courtesy LaughFest

Gilda’s LaughFest is all set to raise awareness of emotional health.

Jana Stanfield is the keynote speaker for the series, which raises awareness for how important laughter is to health.

Stanfield will perform March 9 at St. Cecilia Music Center. Tickets are $10.

Stanfield is a humorist, songwriter and educator who delivers concerts across the globe.

Her music has been heard on various TV shows such as Oprah and Entertainment Tonight.

“Like our namesake, Gilda Radner — who had to learn to find her laughter back on her cancer journey — learning to deal with the ‘tough stuff’in life in an emotionally healthy way is key to our overall well-being,” said Wendy Wigger, President of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and Gilda’s LaughFest. “LaughteRx helps elevate the core message of the festival in so many ways.”

Free LaughteRx events

March 10: Neuro-humorist Karyn Bux appears at Englehardt Branch of the Kent District Library in Lowell

March 11: Allen Klein will present “The Healing Power of Humor” at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

March 12: Spectrum Health chaplain Sister Sue Tracy will appear at the Catholic Information Center, with “Laughter is Carbonated Holiness”

March 12: Hope College professor of communications Jayson L. Dibble will present “Can Everybody Find Humor?”

March 14: Comic, juggler and author Scott Burton will perform at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

March 14: Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids will host Gilda’s Club members and others from the community, giving them an opportunity to share how they tackled big issues such as cancer and grief

March 15: The LaughSpin Panel Discussion: Laughter and Health will take place at The B.O.B.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter Yoga will combine laughter with yoga-breathing techniques throughout March.

LaughFest said the concept of Laughter Yoga is based on science indicating that the body cannot differentiate between fake and real laughter.


This year, LaughFest will take place March 6-16 in Grand Rapids, Holland and Lowell and feature several headliners: Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, Lily Tomlin, Sinbad, Mike Birbiglia and Chris Tucker.

LaughFest was founded in 2011 by Gilda’s Club, with proceeds supporting the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs it offers.

The event has averaged more than 55,000 visitors a year.

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