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Wayne Brady and the healing power of humor

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Approximately 1,500 people filled DeVos Place to see Wayne Brady perform for LaughFest.

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Comedian Wayne Brady says his family has been touched by cancer, so he needed no persuasion to help Gilda's Club Grand Rapids raise money for cancer patients.

Brady was the headliner for LaughFest Tuesday night.  He says he knows sometimes laughter is the best medicine.

"It's great to be able to use what you do, use your powers for good," he says. "There wasn't much hesitation on my part when they called and asked me to do LaughFest."

People paid $250 for Tuesday night's dinner and show, featuring Brady.

"There is definitely an art to joking about cancer," Brady said before the show. "There is an art to making that joke with a twinkle in your eye and being funny about it, but everyone knowing the spirit it's intended. Making fun of it so it loses its power."

LaughFest is an 11 day event that brings comedians from around the country to perform in West Michigan.

"All the proceeds benefit Gilda's Club and the cancer grief and emotional care programs we provide," explains LaughFest Vice President of Community Relations Wendy Wigger. "To get Wayne involved in this whole special event has been fabulous."

"It's an exciting opportunity," says Brady. "It means something to every single person who is helped and touched by Gilda's Club."

Since it started two years ago, LaughFest has raised nearly half a million dollars for Gilda's Club.

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