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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Whoopi Goldberg, one of the headliners of LaughFest 2012, took the stage Friday night for a night of comedy.

Whoopi Goldberg performed at the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College.

Before the show, she made a surprise visit at a reception for LaughFest sponsors, meeting them and posing for photos.

Goldberg came to Grand Rapids on her tour bus from the east coast. "The View" co-host says she is looking forward to entertaining the crowd at GRCC.

WZZM 13's Lee Van Ameyde and Juliet Dragos introduced the comedian at her show.