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Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists.

This major 10- day Midwest festival is based in Grand Rapids and includes events throughout West Michigan.

Created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff.

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Dave Kaechele's Joke of the Day - Thursday

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LaughFest enters 2nd half of festival

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Five acts perform for LaughFest Signature Event

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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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LaughFest shows off Best of the Midwest tonight

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Dave Kaechele's Joke of the Day - Wednesday

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Photos: LaughFest Celebrity LipDub

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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Entertainment

LaughFest: Laugh Out Loud Film Festival

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  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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WZZM 13's Nick LaFave introduces Wanda Sykes at LaughFest

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Club Red unites young professionals passionate about Gilda's Club

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Laughfest

Dave Kaechele's Joke of the Day - Tuesday

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Lavell Crawford cancels LaughFest show

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WZZM Raps in LaughFest Lipsynch contest

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Dave Kaechele's LaughFest Joke of the Day - Monday

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Laughfest Celebrity Lip Sync and Funderwear Run

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Family Improv at Laugh Fest

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LaughFest kicks off, record attempt falls short

LaughFest kicks off, record attempt falls shortOrganizers attempted a Guinness World Record for the most people wearing paper crowns.
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Dave Kaechele's Joke of the Day - Friday

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Looking back at LaughFest world records

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LaughFest: Kids Joke Night

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LaughFest begins today!

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LaughFest: "Time to laugh and have a good time" for a good cause

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Crowd fills Fountain Street Church for LaughFest record attempt

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Participants excited for LaughFest record attempt

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Mobile version of GRNow.com helps find LaughFest deals

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LaughFest shows off Best of the Midwest tonight

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