Are you funny? Sign up to perform at LaughFest

10:01 AM, Feb 10, 2011   |    comments
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  • Local comedian Henry Sapp is one of many West Michigan peformers
  • River City Improv member Todd Herring is a performer for LaughFest

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Gilda's Club's inaugural LaughFest is just a little over a month away.

The ten-day event will feature national comedians, but  community members are also encouraged to participate. 

Currently there are 16 free community events planned for LaughFest and the goal now is to fill the open slots with funny people from West Michigan.

Organizers say if you want to hit the stage, now is the time to sign up.

"If you have something that makes you laugh and you think you could show it off to the town and the rest of the people that are coming out to see LaughFest, this is your opportunity to shine," says Malinda Petersen, MP Talent Agency.

LaughFest Coordinator Joanne Roehm says anything goes, "From dance, music, theatre standup...anything that makes you laugh because different things make different people laugh."

Grand Rapids' Henry Sapp is hosting the "Out of the Box Comedy Show" at DeVos Performance Hall. Jerry Donovan is coordinating the Irish Showcase at The B.O.B.  Todd Herring from River City Improv is one of many performing on the third floor of San Chez next month. Donovan says, "We as comedians, we thought this absolutely dynamite!"  

Roehm adds, "We have a lot of wonderful performers in our theatrical community and we're excited that they're going to be out here showing us what they have, what makes them laugh, and the best part is that it's a free thing for the community to enjoy."

Organizers say community involvement--both off and on-stage-- is key to making LaughFest a success. Performing at these community events is also a chance to possibly make your mark. That's because rumor has it that some national talent reps plan to spend time in the area during LaughFest which runs March 10th-20th.

To learn more about performing, click HERE.

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