In the first two years, the event raised more than $540,000.
During last year's event, more than 56,000 people from 15 states and Canada attended.
LaughFest 2013 will include more than 200 free and ticketed shows, highlighted with the Signature Event and entertainer Wayne Brady.
This year's festival also features: Grammy award-winning comedian Lewis Black; Saturday Night Live alum Jim Breuer; "Breaking Bad" actor and comedian Bill Burr; E! network host and actor on NBC's "Community" Joel McHale; and Brian Regan, one of the country's premier comedians.
On Thursday night, you can help LaughFest organizers attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing fake mustaches. The current mark was set by 648 participants in St. Louis in September 2012.
The schedule of events for the Grand Rapids record attempt --
- 5:30 p.m. -- lineup begins near Rosa Parks Circle; participants will be given fake mustaches
- 6:15 p.m. -- world record practice and preliminary instructions
- 6:30 p.m. -- official attempt to break the existing world record
Following the community kickoff, several area restaurants and bars will have LaughFest chicken dinners beginning at 6 p.m. in partnership with the Grand Rapids Downtown Alliance, free opening night parties and comedy preview shows. A portion of the money from every dinner sold will be donated to Gilda's Club Grand Rapids.
It might be December but that is not stopping some people from "hanging 10" in Michigan.
A driver escaped safely after its vehicle crashed into the Grand River in Ottawa County Friday morning.
We get a brief break from the "lake-effect machine" Friday.