Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first ever community-wide festival of laughter, will be announcing headlining performers for the 2020 festival on November 19, but for individuals wishing to perform at free showcases during LaughFest’s tenth anniversary, applications are now open at

LaughFest is accepting submissions from amateur to seasoned comics from across the country for the festival. The ten day festival is held annually in Grand Rapids and surrounding communities. This year’s festival will take place March 5-15.

LaughFest’s free showcases include stand-up and improv/sketch. New for 2020, there will be themed showcases including Ladies Night Out, Young at Heart, Cancer Journey and First Timers. Showcases will be made up of mixed levels of talent. Individuals of all ages and groups of any size are encouraged to apply early for the opportunity to showcase their talents. Showcase spots are limited and the application deadline is December 15.


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