LaughFest is a festival of comedy, performance and very funny stuff. Spanning 10 days, LaughFest is jam packed with A-List comedy acts, clean comedy showcases for the whole family, improve and sketch comedy acts and stand up competitions. The best part? The vast majority of the events and shows are free.
Headlining acts this year include Joel McHale, Garfunkel and Oates, Bill Burr, Jim Breuer, Wayne Brady, Lewis Black, Justin Willman, Loni Love, and a live Nerdist podcast with Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray and Matt Mira. For those with a competitive streak, be sure and catch the Best of the Midwest Competition with some of the hottest Midwest comedians competing for a $2,500 cash prize.
Hear firsthand from two of this year's performers - Justin Willman, host of Food Network's Cupcake Wars and Last Cake Standing and comedian Stu McCallister - along with Dylan Gadino, founder and editor of Laughspin.com about what makes LaughFest a can't miss event.
Or help set a Guinness World Record on the opening night of LaughFest. This year LaughFest will attempt to break the record for the largest gathering of people who are wearing false mustaches. The record to beat is 648 and participants will be provided with an official LaughFest mustache.
Stay plugged into LaughFest 2013 with the LaughFest app is available for Apple and Android smart phones. This year’s event runs March 7-17 at 20 venues around Grand Rapids including DeVos Performance Hall, Compass College of Cinematic Arts, Dog Story Theater, Back Forty and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Learn more on the LaughFest blog on Pure Michigan Connect.
Last year more than 56,000 people from 25 states and Canada attended LaughFest - catching more than 727 artists perform on more than 62 festival stages in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.
While you’re in town, don’t forget to explore Grand Rapids. With its thriving food and beer scene, numerous family attractions and arts and culture venues, Grand Rapids is the perfect place to spend time before and after the show. Grab a brew at HopCat, recently rated the #1 BrewPub in the U.S. by Rate Beer. Explore the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, where thousands of colorful butterflies come into bloom throughout March. Get in the game with the Grand Rapids Griffins. For more ideas on places to visit and things to do in Grand Rapids during your visit to LaughFest, visit the Pure Michigan Connect blog.
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