This morning we announced our first two headliners for the seventh year of LaughFest. Mark your calendars for March 9-19th. We’ve got some of our favorite venues on board and insanely funny shows in the works!Preview Changes


So, who is coming to Grand Rapids?
Our first two headliner’s for this year’s LaughFest includes…

Iliza and Sinbad!

You can see Iliza Friday, March 17, at Fountain Street Church. Iliza first appeared at LaughFest in 2015 and sold out multiple shows. She is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Currently Iliza can be seen in Confirmed Kills, her newest stand-up special for Netflix, which premiered in September and in early 2017 her first book Girl Logic will be released.

Returning to LaughFest on Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m., Sinbad will also perform at Fountain Street Church. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 stand-up comedians of all time, Sinbad has built a loyal following and is known for “making it sound profound without being profane.” He is known for his starring appearances in Jingle All the Way, Houseguest, and Necessary Roughness. He has starred in the television sit-com A Different World as well as his own series, The Sinbad Show.


And that’s only the beginning! Festival favorites Clean Comedy Showcase (I & II) presented by Bissell, Best of the Midwest Competition, underwritten by Wolverine World Wide; and National Stand-up Comedy Showcase (I & II) presented by Gun Lake Casino will all be returning during the 2017 festival. Other shows announced at this time include LaughFest’s Best, Pop Scholars and River City Improv.

Who else do YOU want to see at LaughFest 2017? Keep an eye on our social media channels and website for additional announcements in the coming weeks!


New this year: LaughFest Badges

Badges are priced at four levels that provide guests unique ways to indulge in the Festival with tickets to their choice of artists, insider perks like access to exclusive parties, early access to single ticket sales, first chance seating at free shows, merchandise discounts, and an exclusive festival t-shirt.

The level one Badge, priced at $99, offers festival followers with one headliner, one feature show, early access to single ticket sales and early entrance to shows, and other LaughFest Friends perks.

The level two Badge is $149 and provides festival goers Badge one benefits with the addition of another feature show and a pass to the Opening Party.

The level three Badge, priced at $249, offers two headliners, three feature shows, the benefits of the level two Badge and one pass to Headliner’s Club.

The level four Badge is $449 and includes all other Badge perks, six shows of your choice during the ten days of the festival (can include Signature Event show only ticket), and access to Headliner’s Club every day that it’s open.

Ticket packages and festival badges will go on sale shortly, just in time for the perfect holiday gift! Follow LaughFest on social media and visit the website at for updates.

For up to date Festival information or for details on Ticket Packages and Badges visit