Individual tickets for Gilda’s LaughFest will go on sale Friday, January 11 beginning at 10 a.m. Additionally, LaughFest has added several events for the March 7 to 17 festival. Also, individuals interested in volunteering during the festival can do so at laughfestgr.org.
Tickets for the 10-day festival featuring headliners Brian Regan, Jo Koy, Ai Wong, Matt Bellassai, Ed Asner, Nate Bargatze, Loni Love, and other seriously funny events can be can be purchased at laughfestgr.org, ticketmaster.com (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices, or by calling 616-735-HAHA (4242).
Shows and events announced today include several shows at the Comedy Project, and the return of the FUNderwear Run, Kids Rock Hip Hop Dance Party and Super Saturday Kids Zone.
The Comedy Project will feature several shows throughout the festival including Ctl Alt Deflect, a Second City-style comedy revue that will run March 8, 9, 15, and 16. Quintin Hicks’ “Fish Dinner” will take place March 15 and 16. MSW3, (Murder, She Wrote), a Riff Trax and Mystery Science Theater style show will happen on March 8. Finally, The Million Dollar Variety Show featuring comedian and juggler Will Oltman, vaudevillian performer extraordinaire Audria Larsen and comedian and magician Trino, will take place March 14.
Returning this year is the FUNderwear Run which begins at 2 p.m., on Sunday, March 10, downtown Grand Rapids. The FUNderwear Run is a .6 mile course that will start and end at New Holland Brewing Company’s Knickerbocker, located at 417 Bridge St. NW. All racers are encouraged to wear their most hilarious and finest underwear over their running clothes, all to help create laughs and smiles.
Those with the flashiest, funniest and most creative underwear may be picked for a prize for the best underwear contest. Registration before or on February 25 will be $25 including an official race t-shirt, drink ticket and finisher medal. Registration after February 25 will rise to $30.
Volunteer registration is now open and runs through February 4 for both new and returning volunteers. Volunteers can help with several different teams throughout the festival including event promotion, logistics, ushering, selling merchandise, office support and volunteer staffing needs during all LaughFest ticketed and non-ticketed events. Volunteers interested can sign up at laughfestgr.org
Other seriously funny shows previously announced include the Clean Comedy Showcase, the National Stand-up Comedy Showcase, the Best of the Midwest Competition, Pop Scholars, River City Improv, Rockin’ Homegrown Jam, LaughFest’s Best and the Dirty Show.
During the seriously funny 10-day festival, LaughFest 2019 will include more than 200 free and ticketed shows. LaughFest will feature over 100 artists at more than 40 venues in Grand Rapids, Holland, Lowell, and Wayland’s Gun Lake Casino.
Past LaughFest headliners have included Howie Mandel, Seth Meyers, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Billy Gardell, Iliza, Amy Schumer, Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Pete Holmes, Sinbad, Margaret Cho, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, Mike Epps, Kathleen Madigan, Martin Short, Kevin Nealon, Wayne Brady, Trevor Noah, Joel McHale, Lewis Black, Tiffany Haddish, Bert Kreischer and Anjelah Johnson.