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Cancelled: LaughFest: Best of the Midwest All-Stars Showcase

Friday, March 13 @ 9:30 pm

We are seriously sorry to have to announce the cancellation of the last three days of Gilda’s LaughFest. We greatly appreciate your support as we navigate a chapter that none of us have ever journeyed before.

Below is the full statement from Gilda’s LaughFest. We thank you for your understanding and continued embrace of our Gilda’s Club mission.

Gilda’s LaughFest was designed to raise awareness of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and its free emotional health support of children, adults, families and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving a death due to any cause. As an organization supporting those on a cancer journey, it is only appropriate that we cancel the remainder of the festival beginning with events scheduled for Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15. We recognize the need to protect our community from the potential spread of COVID -19, and will follow the recommendations set by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which encourages the cancellation or postponement of large gatherings.


We’re bringing back SIX Best of the Midwest winners and festival favorites for our 2020 All-Stars Showcase – Vince Carone, AJ Finney, Mike Paramore, Amber Preston, Mary Santora, and Ali Sultan. Dinner & Show ticket includes buffet dinner. Beverages available for purchase. Client may cancel any orders over the posted ticket limit. Event has an order delivery delay that will lift on Feb 5, 2020.

The Best of the Midwest All-Star Showcase is Underwritten by: Boar’s Head and Orion Construction

Rating: Anything Goes!
Please note: the venue requires a valid, 21+ photo ID for admission to shows beginning after 9 PM.

Vince Carone has become an audience favorite for his fast-talking, quick-witted, rants, that draw you in and pummel you with truth and laughter. He finds angles that nobody else sees and finds a way to get you to relate to them. He’s been described as a “rating blue-collar rep for American’s true voice”. Vince was Laughfest’s 2019 Best of the Midwest Competition winner.

AJ Finney is an eclectic Midwesterner with a passion for the psychedelic scene of the Sixties. Comedy, jam bands and Volkswagens – that’s him. He’s an eco-friendly, improvisational, sometimes philosophical, patchouli-soaked quipster. AJ’s organic approach is refreshing and his poetic stream of consciousness style makes for a colorful and unforgettable comedic experience. AJ was LaughFest’s 2014 Best of the Midwest Competition winner.

Mike Paramore is the guy you fight to sit next to in a movie theatre, on a long car ride, or during a boring lecture. His natural ability to infuse everyday situations with energetic, uplifting humor, combined with a natural ability to put you as ease is key to his personal brand of comedy. His smooth delivery and powerful punchlines make him a force in stand-up comedy. Mike was LaughFest’s 2017 Best of the Midwest Competition winner.

Amber Preston has appeared on national commercials for Buffalo Wild Wings and Booking.com, at numerous festivals and even on Marc Maron’s “Five Comedians to Watch” list for Vulture. Along with hosting Los Angles shows The Cut and Punchline Punchout, she recently recorded her debut album Sparkly Parts on Stand Up! Records. Amber was LaughFest’s inaugural, 2011 Best of the Midwest Competition winner.

Mary Santora is quickly making a name for herself as one of the best up and coming comics in the country. She has a straightforward, quick witted style, and has performed alongside Dave Attell, Tom Papa, and Kyle Kinane, to name a few. Mary is a fresh breath of femininity in the male-dominated world of stand up. Mary was a fan favorite at the 2018 LaughFest Best of the Midwest Competition.

Ali Sultan saw his first stand-up comedian when he moved to America from Yemen at the age of 15. He grew the desire to go on stage but first needed to learn English. His album happy to be here debuted at #2 on iTunes and can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, XM, and Pandora. Ali was Laughfest’s 2018 Best of the Midwest Competition winner.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Fri, 10 Jan 2020 at 10:00 AM

Package Holder Presale : Thu, 9 Jan 2020 at 10:00 AM



Friday, March 13
9:30 pm
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