GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - Gilda’s LaughFest is recruiting talent to participate in free community showcases during LaughFest 2014.
Individuals of all ages, and groups of any size, are encouraged to showcase their talents during the nation’s only community-wide festival of laughter, according to a news release.
Applications are being accepted online through Dec. 1 on the LaughFest website or by calling 616.735.HAHA (4242). Applicants will be notified in early February.
“Since the first LaughFest, in 2011, participation in the community showcases has been phenomenal,” said Wendy Wigger, president of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest. “Participants representing more than 20 states have traveled here to take part in this festival. We are excited to keep this as part of LaughFest and allow individuals a chance to show off their seriously funny talent in so many ways.”
During LaughFest 2014, officials expect to host more than 100 community showcases and other free events at various locations in downtown Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland. The categories for these showcases include stand-up comedy, music, short-film, sketch/improv, dance and kids’ jokes.
Plans this year include hosting a festival favorite, Kids Joke Night, in Holland, Lowell and Grand Rapids.
These non-ticketed events will be free of charge and held at various times throughout the 10 days of LaughFest, March 6-16, 2014.
“These showcases continue to be a core part of the festival,” said Joanne Roehm, festival director for LaughFest. “It is amazing to see the diverse talent that takes the stage. Each year we get new and innovative talent, and we look forward to putting together another great selection of showcases.”
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