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The link will remain active through Sunday, March 21 so you may enjoy them again and again!

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Last year right as the world was shutting down due to COVID-19, ten West Michigan writers/storytellers/personalities took the stage for a not-to-be-missed original presentation of LaughFest’s (No) Laughing Matter – a Moth-like story hour created and hosted by Teresa Thome of Fubble Entertainment and Tommy Allen, artist/publisher/man about town.

For 2021, we have invited back a few of those voices to share visually original stories that embody the mission of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids that… even in the worst of times, there’s always something funny!

Heart-wrenching, brutally honest, wickedly funny, touching stories… this event will have it all!

Note: This is a grown-ups only, let’s get real, event and will feature stories by Allen and three other local writers, comedians, artists, storytellers including Roberta King, Darius Colquitt, and Mary Jane Pories. (Thome is directing “Bunny Bunny” for LaughFest 2021 so don’t miss this performance about Gilda Radner.)

 

The event will be held March 11, 8 p.m. online. Doors open virtually 30 minutes before the show for “table seating” and other shenanigans.

 

Roberta King
Roberta F. King lives and writes very close to the shore of Lake Michigan. She is the owner of Canna Communication, a PR and Marketing firm that serves businesses in cannabis. When she’s not doing cannabis PR work, she’s likely to be found in the out-of-doors hiking, running, or kayaking. She cooks vegetables, consumes lots of cannabis, travels by bicycle, and is proud that she was named Oceana County’s Mrs. Asparagus Runner Up in 1989. She lives with her husband Mike Miesch and Uncle Dick King.

Darius Colquitt
Darius Colquitt is an Award-Winning Entertainer, Educator, Writer, Director & Entrepreneur originally from Chicago’s South Side. He’s premiered in, produced or directed over 80 productions with numerous theatrical companies & entertainment entities throughout the Midwest. Colquitt has had the esteemed honor of serving on the board of several Midwest Arts organizations while continuing to build & maintain his personal artistic entity (Darius Colquitt & Company) through which he curates live art & tours his own original solo works. Colquitt has also served as the lead vocalist for the Chicago-based band, “Wilson Wilson”, was the most recent Artistic Director of PANORAMA Arts and currently freelances as a Teaching Artist for ACT (Artists Creating Together) & Ebony Road Players.

 

Mary Jane Pories
Mary Jane Pories is an award-winning, Equity actor/improviser and former main stage cast member with Keegan-Michael Key at the famed comedy theater The Second City – Detroit. She’s performed with comedy legends like Martin Short, Horatio Sans, and Alan Zweibel and appreciated the opportunity to improvise and perform stand-up, her one-woman shows, and memorable roles in local theater productions. She is currently serving as Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, Florida and, with today’s virtual performance is proud to say she’s performed in every LaughFest since its inception in 2010.

 

Tommy Allen
Tommy Allen is an award-winning journalist and publisher of the weekly online magazine Rapid Growth – a solutions-based journalism weekly of West Michigan. He is also a member of the city’s oldest artist studio collective within the Tanglefoot building on Grand Rapids’ edgy westside warehouse district. 

Civically, Allen has served many governmental and nonprofit organizations including LaughFest, where he has served as a talent cabinet member since the festival’s  inception and today along with Teresa Thome co-produce an annual Moth-like original story series, “(No) Laughing Matter.”

In his free time….what free time?