LaughFest Showcase applications are NOW OPEN! Click HERE to apply!



Application Fee. Early bird registration fee is only $15; but will increase on December 11 until December 18 (with a fee of $25). For your application fee, you’ll receive some great benefits!

For your application fee you will receive…

  • An automatic $5 donation to the High Five campaign benefiting the children’s grief, cancer and in-school emotional health programs provided by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids
  • $5 discount on designated LaughFest shows and LaughFest merchandise at LaughFest Central
  • Access to networking events and workshops

Shows are made up of mixed levels of talent. This creates a diverse lineup and should bring in larger audiences, therefore making it a better experience for our performers.

Performers will be assigned to their specific shows.

There will be a special show for first time stand-up performers. This will be a show specifically for those who are trying stand-up comedy for the first time or have less than a handful of shows under the belt.

We will have a limited number of spots for 2018 and will take applications on a first come, first serve model.

Click HERE to apply!

Other things to note:

All showcases will be non-ticketed, free of charge events for LaughFest fans to attend. At the show attendees might be asked to to make a $5 High Five donation.

Please know if you’re looking to participate in the National, Best of the Midwest, or Clean Comedy Showcases, they have already been booked for the 2018 Festival.

Showcase participants are not compensated for their performances and are responsible for their own travel and lodging.

For questions about LaughFest showcases please contact us at