LaughFest, the nation's first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, is back for a fourth year of stand-up comedy, improv, family events, film and seriously funny stuff March 6-16, 2014. Proceeds benefit Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids.

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LaughFest Central - @ Grand Rapids Art Museum, Mon-Sat 9a-9p; Sun 12p-5p - Get information, purchase tickets, and pick up LaughFest merchandise in the cafe space at GRAM through March 16.

Humor in Craft - @ Kendall College, Mar 6-8 & 11-15; 10a-5p, free; all ages - See highly ironic, political, sarcastic and just plain amusing artworks by 33 makers from across the United States and abroad.

Ping Pong Drop-In Play - @ UICA, Mar 6-9 & 11-15; 12p-9p (12-6 on Sun), $8; all ages - Play ping pong on artist transformed tables with decorated paddles. Admission includes access to the UICA galleries.

Laughter & Life: Portraits - @ UICA, Mar 6-9 & 11-16; 12p-9p (12-6 on Sun); $5; all ages - See photographer Brian Kelly's pictures of recognizable people from the community captured in funny and unexpected ways.

Thursday, March 6

Community Kick-Off - @ Rosa Parks Circle, 5:30 p.m., free; all ages - This year, LaughFest will get underway with an attempt to break the World Record for most people wearing sunglasses in the dark.

Clean Comedy Showcase I - @ The B.O.B., 7 p.m., $32.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity. Includes dinner.

Clean Comedy Showcase II - @ The B.O.B., 8 p.m., $17.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity.

Festival Preview Show - @ Pyramid Scheme, 10 p.m., free; rated R - Stop by for giveaways, prizes and surprises; you never know who you might see on the first night of LaughFest.


Friday, March 7

Laughter Yoga - @ Holland Arts Council, 10 a.m., free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 4 p.m., free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Clean Comedy Showcase I - @ The B.O.B., 6 p.m., $32.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity. Includes dinner.

Clean Comedy Showcase II - @ The B.O.B., 7 p.m., $17.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity.

Creativity Uncorked - @ GRAM, 7 p.m., $30; ID-21+ - Grab a glass of wine and create works of art during a lively and unforgettable night at the museum.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ Keystone, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

Crawlspace Eviction - @ Dog Story Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated R - The improv troupe from Kalamazoo brings their unique brand of improvisation and sketch comedy to Grand Rapids.

Jim Gaffigan - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 8 p.m., $47.50+; clean adult laughs - One of the headliners of this year's event, Gaffigan has appeared on late night shows, TV dramas & comedies and on film and Broadway shows.

Todd Barry, Rory Scovel, and Nick Thune - @ Pyramid Scheme, 8 & 10:30 p.m., $25; rated R - The trios of comedians and actors take the stage for two shows; cash bar available.

Pop Scholars - @ Wealthy Theatre, 8 p.m., $7; clean adult laughs - The 4-man improv group from Grand Rapids brings their fast-paced show to the historic Wealthy Theatre.

Judah Friedlander - @ McFadden's, 9 & 11 p.m., $17.50; rated R - The stand-up comedian best known for his ever-changing trucker hats, his role on 30 Rock and commentary on VH1's Best Week Ever, visits McFadden's 3rd floor for two shows.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ Keystone, 9:30 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.

LaughFest's Best - @ Pyramid Scheme, 11:59 p.m., $10; rated R - Local, regional, and national comics take the stage for this secret line-up of seriously funny folks.


Saturday, March 8

Super Saturday Kids Zone - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 10a-2p, $7; all ages welcome - The kids carnival is back with mini-golf, inflatables, special guests, laser tag, sports and much more.

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 10a & 4p, free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Family Improv Workshop - @ Dog Story Theater, 11 a.m., free; all ages - Explore the basics of improvisational play with the queen of improv and President of Fishladder Inc., Mary Jane Pories.

L is for Laughter - @ GRPL-West Leonard, 11 a.m., free; for kids 5 and under - The Grand Rapids Public Library will keep your family in stitches with funny books, ridiculous rhymes, and a crazy craft.

Clubhouse Tours - @ GR Gilda's Club, 1-5 p.m., free; all ages - See firsthand what Gilda's Club is all about with a tour through the facility on Bridge Street.

No Dogs Allowed! - @ GR Civic Theatre, 2 p.m., free; ages 6+ - GRCT's Traveling Troupe performs the warm and cheery family venture based on the children's book of the same name.

Clean Comedy Showcase II - @ The B.O.B., 6 & 9:30 p.m., $32.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity. 6 p.m. includes dinner.

Clean Comedy Showcase I - @ The B.O.B., 7 & 9:30 p.m., $17.50; clean adult laughs - See four comedians selected for their unique ability to bring laughs without vulgarity.

Saturday Nite Teen Zone - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 7 p.m., $7; Ages 13+ - THE hangout for teens will have glo golf, a DJ, video games, laser tag, obstacle course and more.

Out of the Box - @ Living Word, 7 p.m., $10; Clean adult laughs - GR native and comedian Hen Sapp takes the stage with special guests to offer a variety of comedic skits, including music and other surprises.

PJ Walsh - @ Lowell HS, 7 p.m., $22.50; Clean adult laughs - The energetic comedian best known for touring with the Blue Collar Comedy Tour and a role in Delta Farce, brings his routine to the Lowell HS PAC.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ McFadden's, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

MARS Improv - @ Dog Story Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated R - The two-person improv troupe from Detroit visits the Dog Story stage for two shows.

Holland SongFest - @ First Reformed Church, 7:30 p.m., $15; clean adult laughs - Three Holland vocal groups will sing songs that are sure to have audiences chuckling with laughter and walk away with a smile on their face.

River City Improv - @ Ladies Literary Club, 7:33 p.m., $10; clean adult laughs - The show weaves together skits, games and songs with audience suggestions to create unique entertainment experiences.

Maria Bamford - @ Wealthy Theatre, 8 p.m., $25; rated R - The multi-talented comedienne known for role as Debris in Arrested Development and Target's Black Friday commercials takes the Wealthy Theatre stage for two shows.

Todd Barry, Rory Scovel, and Nick Thune - @ Pyramid Scheme, 8 & 10:30 p.m., $25; rated R - The trios of comedians and actors take the stage for two shows; cash bar available.

Klompen Comedy - @ Macatawa Bank, 8 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The free stand-up comedian showcase in Holland will feature a mix of local comics.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ McFadden's, 9:30 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.

Dirty Show - @ Pyramid Scheme, 11:59 p.m., free; rated R - Expect filthy, thought provoking, 4 letter words, hilarious funny jokes, and stories that will entertain you throughout the evening.


Sunday, March 9

FUNderwear Run - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 10 a.m., $30; clean adult laughs - Wear your finest (and funniest!) underwear over your running clothes at this new untimed 5K walk/run.

People & Pets - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 12 p.m., free; all ages - Bring your furry friends for the pet look alike contest, a costume contest, best tricks and more.

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 3p, free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Listening Party - @ Wealthy Theatre, 3p, free; all ages - At the Wealthy Theatre listen to the comedy albums of three influential African American comics: Dick Gregory, Rudy Ray Moore and Redd Foxx.

Jana Stanfield - @ St. Cecilia Music Center, 4:30p, $7; clean adult laughs - Humorist, songwriter, educator and everyday philanthropist, and recording artist Jana Stanfield brings her music with meaning to Grand Rapids.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ The B.O.B., 6 & 8:15 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

The Blackout Diaries - @ Perrin Brewing, 6:30 p.m., $30; rated R - At the interactive show, comics and regular people tell true drinking stories and the audience can ask questions. Includes beer tickets and appetizers.

Mike Birbiglia - @ DeVos Hall, 7 p.m., $37.50; rated R - One of the top stand-ups touring today, Birbiglia has made more than 40 television appearances and even penned an off-Broadway hit.

College Improv Showcase - @ Compass College, 7 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The college improv troupes from Calvin, Hope and Central present audiences with an evening of hilarity.

Sunday Night Funnies - @ Riverfront Hotel, 8 p.m., free; rated R - Join comedian and Emcee Brian B. with comics from around the Midwest.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ The B.O.B., 8:15 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.


Monday, March 10

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 10a, free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Karyn Buxman - @ KDL Lowell, 6:30 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - Karyn has addressed thousands of audiences around the world, whether it’s groups like healthcare, corporate, education, government, or associations, Karyn’s inspirational, entertaining, and practical message brings audiences to their feet.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ Pyramid Scheme, 7 & 9:30 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

Hashtag Rustbelt - @ McFadden's, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Forget about Blue Collar Comedy, this group of comedians brings a Midwestern industrial sensibility to comedy. They may not be handsome, but they're funny!

Lily Tomlin - @ DeVos Hall, 7:30 p.m., $45+; rated R - One of the foremost comediennes appears in Grand Rapids for the first time ever to share her humor and observations that are penetrating, funny and endearing.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ Pyramid Scheme, 9:30 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.


Tuesday, March 11

Joking Around Creative Writing Workshop - @ Creative Youth Center, 4 p.m., free; grades 3-5 - After school, kids can learn to write humor through jokes and stories.

Humorous Speech Contest - @ GRPL - Main, 7 p.m., free; all ages - Join the Grand Rapids Public Library, Toastmasters International, and LaughFest in a humor contest, with prizes awarded for best speeches.

Allen Klein - @ GRAM, 7 p.m., free; all ages - With laughter, lecture, and playful exercises, learn tools, tips, and techniques to help you deal with changes, challenges, and life’s not-so-funny stuff.

Colin Kane and Brad Williams - @ Orbit Room, 8 p.m., free; ages 21+ - Rising comedians Colin Kane and Brad Williams, who has opened for Carlos Mencia and appeared on Mind of Mencia, visit the Orbit Room.


Wednesday, March 12

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 10a, free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Jay Leno - @ DeVos Place, 5:30 p.m., $250; clean adult laughs - Retired Tonight Show host Jay Leno hosts LaughFest's signature event. Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and live entertainment with Jay.

Best of the Midwest Competition - @ The B.O.B., 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15; rated R - Ten of the hottest up-and-coming comics from around the Midwest duke it out for the top title and $2,500.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ McFadden's, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

L is for Laughter - @ GRPL-Main, 7 p.m., free; for kids 5 and under - The Grand Rapids Public Library will keep your family in stitches with funny books, ridiculous rhymes, and a crazy craft.

Short Film Showcase - @ Compass College, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Sit back, relax and enjoy films of humor from filmmakers across the region.

Cash Box Improv - @ Dog Story Theater, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated R - At this unique improv event, audience members are asked to write down song titles; local musician and comedian Todd Herring does a Johnny Cash-like song riff based on the suggestions and then actors improvise scenes based on the song.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ McFadden's, 9 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.


Thursday, March 13

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 10a & 7p, free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Joking Around Creative Writing Workshop - @ Creative Youth Center, 4 p.m., free; grades 3-5 - After school, kids can learn to write humor through jokes and stories.

Kevin Bozeman - @ GRPL - Main, 5:30 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The comic who has appeared on NBC's Last Comic Standing and Comedy Central's Premium Blend will discuss his career in comedy through a Q&A session.

Kid's Joke Night - @ GRPL - Main, 6 p.m., free; all ages - Are your kids hilarious? Kids in fifth grade and younger can step up to the microphone to tell jokes and stories.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ Various Locations, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

College Stand-Up Showcase - @ McFadden's, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Check out college students ready to give a lesson in funny.

Don't We Boys Preview - @ Dog Story Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated R - Get a free preview of the Don't We Boys and Rabbit Rabbit improv groups before their March 15 show.

Full Frontal Nerdity - @ Pyramid Scheme, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Celebrate the dorkier side of life with specials guests.

The Commons reACTORS - @ Evergreen Commons, 7 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The theatre company comprised of "older active adults" provide audiences with a rich and mostly humorous theatrical experience.

WST3K - @ Wealthy Theatre, 8 p.m., $7; rated R - Comics will improvise dialogue and commentary as terrible films play on the screen, similar to Mystery Science Theatre 3000.

Carly Aquilino, Chris Distefano and Andrew Schulz - @ GVSU Allendale, 9 p.m., free; rated R - The three young comics as seen on MTV's Guy Code will visit GVSU's main campus.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ Various locations, 9 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.

Homegrown Show - @ The B.O.B., 9 p.m., free; rated R - See the acts of five comedians from the 616 who have made it big, appearing on Jimmy Fallon and The Bob & Tom Show.

LaughFest's Best - @ Pyramid Scheme., 11:30 p.m., $10; rated R - Local, regional, and national comics take the stage for this secret line-up of seriously funny folks.


Friday, March 14

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 10 a.m., free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

LaughSpin Panel Discussion - @ The B.O.B., 5:30 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - Want to learn about the business of comedy? Join this discussion of how various working comics got their start and what’s hurt, helped or otherwise shaped their careers.

National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase I - @ The B.O.B., 6 p.m., $32.50; rated R - See a showcase of some of the best comedic talent from all across the country. Dinner included.

Gilda’s Club: What’s Funny About That? - @ Gilda's Club., 6 p.m., free; all ages - Both adults and youth can share touching stories or even jokes around the theme of “What Makes You Laugh about Cancer?”

National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase II - @ The B.O.B., 7 & 9:30 p.m., $17.50; rated R - See a showcase of some of the best comedic talent from all across the country.

Miranda Sings - @ Wealthy Theatre, 7 p.m., $25+; ages 12+ - YouTube sensation Miranda Sings brings you a hilarious night filled with comedy, hit songs, magic tricks, and never before seen videos.

Creativity Uncorked - @ GRAM, 7 p.m., $30; ID-21+ - Grab a glass of wine and create works of art during a lively and unforgettable night at the museum.

Jen Kirkman - @ McFadden's, 7, 9 & 11 p.m., $17.50; rated R - The writer and regular round table guest on Chelsea Lately will record a live podcast at 7 p.m., followed by shows at 9 and 11.

Glad We Had This Time Together - @ Master Arts Theatre, 7 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - Come out to Master Arts Theatre for an evening of Carol Burnett sketches, performed word-for-word from her show on CBS.

The Kickback Improv - @ Dog Story Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated r - The fast-paced improv show features four best friends from Chicago.

Don't We Boys - @ Compass College, 7 p.m., free; rated r - The Don’t We Boys is a critically-acclaimed, fast-paced sketch comedy show in the same vein as Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” and MTV’s “Human Giant”.

Scott Burton - @ GRAM, 7 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The award-winning comic, champion juggler, author, and cancer survivor tells his life story through laughter.

Chris Tucker - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 8 p.m., $37.50+; clean adult laughs - The Rush Hour actor and comedian brings his stand-up routine to the Ford Fieldhouse stage.

Free Beer & Hot Wings: Live at Night - @ Orbit Room, 8 p.m., $20; ages 21+ w/ ID - You've heard them in the morning on 97.9 WGRD, now see the live show -- and a different side of the guys.

Contents Under Pressure - @ Master Arts Theatre, 8:30 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - A classic Whose Line is it Anyway type of comedy and fun for the entire family.

The L.O.L. Affair - @ JW Marriott, 9 p.m., $15-$20; ages 21+ - Check out local and national DJs (PJ DA DJ, Composition, and The Conglomerate DJs) spin their magic at the LOL Affair Dance Party.


Saturday, March 15

MIlkshake - @ The B.O.B., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m., $7; all ages - Known for their pop-rock style that fairly crackles with energy, Milkshake has a following of all ages.

Family Improv Workshop - @ Dog Story Theater, 11 a.m., free; all ages - Explore the basics of improvisational play with the queen of improv and President of Fishladder Inc., Mary Jane Pories.

No Dogs Allowed! - @ GR Civic Theatre, 2 p.m., free; ages 6+ - GRCT's Traveling Troupe performs the warm and cheery family venture based on the children's book of the same name.

LaughSpin Panel Discussion - @ The B.O.B., 2 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - Want to learn about the business of comedy? Join this discussion of how various working comics got their start and what’s hurt, helped or otherwise shaped their careers.

National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase II - @ The B.O.B., 6 p.m., $32.50; rated R - See a showcase of some of the best comedic talent from all across the country. Includes dinner.

National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase I - @ The B.O.B., 7 & 9:30 p.m., $17.50; rated R - See a showcase of some of the best comedic talent from all across the country.

Jeff Allen - @ Hope College, 7 p.m., $22.50; clean adult laughs - One of the top clean comedians working today, Jeff has been seen on nearly every cable comedy show including Premium Blend and Standup Spotlight.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ Pyramid Scheme, 7 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

Glad We Had This Time Together - @ Master Arts Theatre, 7 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - Come out to Master Arts Theatre for an evening of Carol Burnett sketches, performed word-for-word from her show on CBS.

Don't We Boys - @ Compass College, 7 p.m., free; rated R - The Don’t We Boys is a critically-acclaimed, fast-paced sketch comedy show in the same vein as Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” and MTV’s “Human Giant”.

Human Amusements - @ Dog Story Theatre, 7 & 9 p.m., free; rated R - Chris Petersen and Jen Hansen combine their mutual love of the absurd and the unusual to create an improvised show that’s unique but accessible.

River City Improv - @ Ladies Literary Club, 7:33 p.m., $10; clean adult laughs - The show weaves together skits, games and songs with audience suggestions to create unique entertainment experiences.

Our Diversity Show - @ Wealthy Theatre, 8 p.m., $7; rated R - Comedians of different races perform and challenge stereotypes to the audience.

Klompen Comedy - @ Macatawa Bank, 8 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - The free stand-up comedian showcase in Holland will feature a mix of local comics.

Contents Under Pressure - @ Master Arts Theatre, 8:30 p.m., free; clean adult laughs - A classic Whose Line is it Anyway type of comedy and fun for the entire family.

The Tenderloins - @ Fountain Street Church, 9 p.m., $32.50+; rated R - Murr, Sal, Joey, and Q, stars of the hilarious hit TV show Impractical Jokers bring their sketch and improv comedy to Fountain Street.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ Pyramid Scheme, 9:30 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.

LaughFest's Best - @ Pyramid Scheme, 11:30 p.m., $10; rated R - Local, regional, and national comics take the stage for this secret line-up of seriously funny folks.


Sunday, March 16

Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge - @ GRCC Ford Fieldhouse, 12 p.m., free; all ages - This family fun-filled challenge will involve teams racing across the downtown areas of Grand Rapids to engage in fun and exciting timed challenges requiring fast thinking, fast acting, and reckless abandon.

Laughter Yoga - @ Gilda's Club GR, 3 p.m., free; all ages - Laugh for the health of it through a series of simple exercises and breathing techniques.

Sinbad - @ Fountain Street Church, 4:30 p.m., $32.50+; clean adult laughs - Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time, the popular comic has built a loyal following by taking audiences’ painful trials or embarrassing tribulations of day-by-day life.

Amateur Stand-Up Showcase - @ The B.O.B., 6 p.m., free; rated R - Support these new fresh faces at stand-up comedy. You never know – you may witness a star in the making!

Sunday Night Funnies - @ Riverfront Hotel, 8 p.m., free; rated R - Join comedian and Emcee Brian B. with comics from around the Midwest.

Late Night Stand-Up Showcase - @ The B.O.B., 8:15 p.m., free; rated R - Laugh with seasoned stand-ups from around West Michigan and beyond.



Last Updated 03/04/2014
Published 03/04/2014