Murdered teen’s mom gets LaughFest crowd rolling

Grand Rapids
Stacey Hilton LaughFest

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — If Stacey Hilton was worried that she wouldn’t get laughs during her stand-up comedy performance at LaughFest, her fears were quickly relieved.

Hilton performed Friday night at the B.O.B. in downtown Grand Rapids as part of LaughFest, the annual fundraiser for Gilda’s Club. She decided to perform to give back to the organization that helped her through the devastating time in her life after her daughter McKenna was murdered by her half-brother in 2016.

It was Hilton’s first time performing comedy in front of an audience. She said she was sure her daughter would be “hideously embarrassed” about the idea, but certainly supportive.

Friday night, Hilton performed as part of LaughFest’s first-timers showcase event.

“Hi everybody, my name is Stacey. I’m absolutely not a comedian,” she is seen saying to the crowd in a Facebook video an audience member took of the performance.

“I actually prepared for this show by Googling, ‘How do you perform standup,’” she said as the crowd laughed. “They indicated to make faces and do hand gestures so I’m hoping that works out well.”

The biggest laugh for Hilton came as she joked about President Donald Trump’s recent visit to California to see border wall prototypes.

She mocked Trump’s idea of the wall being see-through.

“What I decided to do. I think it’d be best for all of us…save us $18 billion,” Hilton said. “Take a few months and just tell them that there’s a wall already there.”

The crowd erupted in laughter.

Hilton’s set also featured a well-received joke about taking one of her nursing patients to a strip club, and her backup plan if her first appearance as a comedian would have been a bust.

“I had a plan B that I told my friends about. I said if I really bomb, I’m just going to pass out,” Hilton said. “People will feel so badly for me they won’t be like ‘Wow, she really sucked’, but it was unfortunate what happened when she passed out.”

Hilton said she hoped her performance would raise awareness about the support group services that Gilda’s Club offers for parents who have lost a child. She hoped to encourage people to donate to Gilda’s and a scholarship fund set up in McKenna Hilton’s memory.

More information on the scholarship fund can be found online.

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