Gilda’s LaughFest is now accepting submissions from seasoned comics and individuals alike from across the country wishing to display their talents during the festival’s many showcases. In its seventh year, the 2017 festival, which has been held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan and surrounding communities, is scheduled for March 9th-19th.
“It’s exciting to be able to open our stages for individuals from all over the country wishing to share their talents during Gilda’s LaughFest,” said Joanne Roehm, festival director.
Showcase categories for the 2017 festival include stand-up, improv/sketch, college stand-up, and college improv. Festival officials are encouraging all levels of comedic talent (headliners, features, and up-and-coming) and groups of any size to apply to be a part of the festival. Submissions are being accepted online through December 18, 2016 right here.
Russ Williamson of Illinois performed during last year’s festival and said the opportunity to perform during LaughFest was one of the best during his comedy career. “LaughFest was one of the greatest experiences I’ve had doing comedy. I would love to do it again.” Sean Shank, who has participated multiple times at the festival, had similar experiences. “LaughFest is more than just comedy. On the surface, yes, it’s about bringing the best talent in the country to the stages of LaughFest. But, underneath, it’s about supporting a great cause and using comedy to benefit those in need. I have always had a great time at LaughFest and the venues, staff and comedians make that possible.”
During LaughFest 2016, more than 100 LaughFest showcases and other free events were featured at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Holland, Michigan. Past LaughFest headliners have included Seth Meyers, George Lopez, Wanda Sykes, Billy Gardell, Iliza Schlesinger, Amy Schumer, Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker, Sinbad, Margaret Cho, Betty White, Whoopi Goldberg, and Mike Epps.
Gilda’s LaughFest, created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, was launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it. In addition to free showcases, the festival features ticketed events with nationally known and up-and-coming artists performing stand-up and improv.
Proceeds from the festival and donations raised will go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. Head over to the site for all and any info.