Gilda’s LaughFest invites the community to gather Tuesday, March 13, in support of the festival and to raise awareness for the free cancer, grief and emotional health support programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids at the first ever LAUGHsketball game.

During this free community event, comedians will take on local celebrities in a family-friendly basketball game at DeltaPlex Grand Rapids. Doors will open at 5:30, and the game will begin at 6 p.m. The event will also feature activities for all ages, including a rubber chicken toss, dance competition, silent auctions, mascots and some seriously special guests.

The LAUGHsketball roster includes the following participants:


  • Cumulus Bill Simonson
  • WZZM 13 Brent Ashcroft
  • WZZM 13 Aaron Ofseyer
  • WZZM 13 Dan Harland
  • WOOD TV 8 Casey Jones
  • WOOD TV 8 Matt Kirkwood
  • WOOD TV 8 Teri DeBoer
  • FOX 17 Derek Francis
  • FOX 17 Garry Frank
  • Hardwood Evolution Derek Griffin
  • The Legal Immigrants Joe Bockheim


  • Allen Trieu
  • Adam Degi
  • Josh Ortega
  • Matt Lauria
  • Mike Logan
  • Dave Dyer
  • Rob Jenkins
  • Corey Tucker
  • Anna Flora Somers 
  • Myles De Leeuw 


  • Celebrity Coach: WZZM 13 Lauren Stanton
  • Comedian Coach: TBA


  • Cumulus Michelle McKormick
  • Cumulus Jackie Green
  • WZZM 13 Jennifer Pascua
  • WZZM 13 Alana Nehring
  • FOX 17 Annie Szatkowski
  • WOOD TV 8 Heather Walker
  • WOOD TV 8 Marvis Herring
  • WOOD TV 8 Tom Hillen
  • WOOD TV 8 Emily Linnert


  • GVSU Matt Mitchell
  • Cumulus Marcus Bradman


  • GR Drive Buckets
  • GR Griffins Griff
  • Terryberry Recognition Man
  • Cole’s Bread


  • Abby Widlak


  • Tom Reyes


  • Cumulus Eric Zane

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is a free community with a comprehensive program of education, structured sharing times, networking, lectures, workshops and social activities designed to support emotional health. Proceeds from LaughFest benefit these programs.

LaughFest 2018 includes more than 150 free and ticketed events featuring over 100 artists at more than 40 venues in West Michigan. LaughFest individual tickets are available for purchase at LaughFest Central, located inside Shops @ MoDiv, online at, or over the phone at 1-800-745-3000. For a full listing of festival events, visit

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