LaughFest announces 2 headliners for March festival

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — LaughFest announced some of the comedians coming to Grand Rapids in March.

Two of the headliners include past favorites Sinbad and Iliza Shlesinger, the 2008 winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and known for her stand-up specials on Netflix.

Organizers say Iliza’s appearance at LaughFest last year sold out multiple shows. Her 2017 show will be held at 8 p.m. on March 17 at Fountain Street Church in downtown Grand Rapids.

Sinbad will also return to LaughFest on March 10. He’ll take the stage at 8 p.m. at Fountain Street Church. Sinbad is ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time.

More headlining acts are expected to be released in the coming weeks.

The Clean Comedy Showcase, the Best of the Midwest Competition and the National Stand-up Comedy Showcase will all be returning to the 2017 festival.

A new feature this year is LaughFest badges, which gives people certain access to parts of the festival depending on the level of badge purchased. They range in price from $99 to $449.

LaughFest runs from March 9-19. Packages and badges will go on sale in late December, single tickets will go on sale in late January.

Proceeds and donations from LaughFest support the free emotional healthcare programs offered for children and adults living with cancer and grief for any reason through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.


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