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Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum

Bo Burnham, Brian Posehn at Gilda’s LaughFest deliver from opposite ends of the spectrum

By | March 16, 2015 at 10:03 am | No comments

GRAND RAPIDS -- By Saturday night's end here at Gilda's LaughFest I was happily bathed in classically executed musical comedy theatrics set inside a gorgeous 1,500-seat venue and alternatively a persistent stream of dick-and-fart jokes delivered from a stage housed in a gritty,...

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Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)

Patton Oswalt at Gilda’s LaughFest delivers a pristine, memorable performance (Review)

By | March 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm | No comments

GRAND RAPIDS -- Before launching into his closing bit -- a story about a disinterested, lazily-costumed clown at a child's birthday he attended with his five-year-old daughter -- Patton Oswalt admitted to an audibly appreciative crowd last night at the Fountain Street Church,...

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Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

Jim Jefferies at Gilda’s LaughFest: Bill Cosby, infant death, gun control all fair game for comedy (Review)

By | March 13, 2015 at 12:51 pm | 3 comments

GRAND RAPIDS -- "Turns out Bill Cosby is a rapist....If I was going to be raped, I'd like to be raped by Bill Cosby. I've been a fan of his for years. And how else are you going to meet him?" And so began an evening with Jim Jefferies at the Fountain Street Church (yes church)...

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Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

Tommy Ryman named Best of Midwest at Gilda’s LaughFest (Review)

By | March 12, 2015 at 11:33 am | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- Minnesota comedian Tommy Ryman was crowned Best of the Midwest -- and was handed a check for $2,500 -- late last night here as he edged out nine other comedians in what has become an annual highlight of Gilda's LaughFest, now in its fifth year. A semifinalist...

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‘Impractical Jokers’ comedy crew The Tenderloins kill at Gilda’s LaughFest

‘Impractical Jokers’ comedy crew The Tenderloins kill at Gilda’s LaughFest

By | March 23, 2014 at 8:45 pm | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- Things you don't see in a church: an extreme close-up photograph of someone's left testicle projected onto a giant screen, a video of a man eating dog shit and 1,500 people watching with rapt attention to both. That is, unless it's day nine of Gilda's LaughFest...

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Chris Tucker talks tax problems, Michael Jackson and more at Gilda’s LaughFest

Chris Tucker talks tax problems, Michael Jackson and more at Gilda’s LaughFest

By | March 15, 2014 at 11:36 pm | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- Ever since news broke in 2009 that he owed the government a few million in back taxes, comedian Chris Tucker unfortunately became a constant presence on TMZ instead of on the big screen or on stand-up stages. In 2007 he starred in the third and what would become...

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Kids telling jokes at Gilda’s LaughFest (Video)

Kids telling jokes at Gilda’s LaughFest (Video)

By | March 15, 2014 at 10:55 am | No comments

GRAND RAPIDS -- As part of the 10-day Gilda's LaughFest here, a much younger crop of upcoming comedians had the chance to sling jokes at the public library. This is a very brief glimpse of one of the many great, free events throughout the festival. If it doesn't make you smile,...

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Kevin Bozeman gives Gilda’s LaughFest an education in comedy

Kevin Bozeman gives Gilda’s LaughFest an education in comedy

By | March 15, 2014 at 10:15 am | One comment

GRAND RAPIDS -- If you haven’t heard of Kevin Bozeman yet, you will. The 14-year comedy vet is close to releasing his third album and was a huge highlight of this year’s Gilda's LaughFest. One of the many events throughout these 10 days of comedy festivities was an...

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LaughFest photo gallery with Garfunkel & Oates, Joel McHale, Bill Burr, more! (Exclusive)

LaughFest photo gallery with Garfunkel & Oates, Joel McHale, Bill Burr, more! (Exclusive)

By | April 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm | No comments

For the third year in a row, I had the privilege of attending Gilda's LaughFest in Grand Rapids, MI, a 10-day festival featuring some of the biggest names in comedy as well as some of the best up-and-coming comics around the country. The proceeds of all the shows go to benefit...

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