Volunteer at LaughFest 2020

Calling all volunteers!

We need your help! LaughFest would not be possible without our seriously awesome volunteers.

Become one of over 600+ volunteers helping to put smiles on the faces of 50,000+ festival attendees each March! Anyone aged 16 or older can volunteer with LaughFest. We welcome individual volunteers and volunteer groups. 

LaughFest 2020 Volunteer Program Presented By

Underwritten by    DASHNew YOrk Life Insurance Agency

Volunteer Applications are now open!

First-time volunteers are asked to sign up for a new volunteer orientation to learn more about LaughFest, Gilda’s Club, how to navigate our volunteer portal and the various team opportunities throughout the festival as well as meet  our Volunteer Manager, Ben. Sign up for one of our three new volunteer orientations (Wednesday, January 29, Saturday, February 1 or Tuesday February 4) by clicking the button below!

New Volunteer Orientation Sign Up

Returning Volunteers are asked to log into their volunteer portal using the link below to start applying to the team(s) they would like to be part of in 2020

Returning Volunteer Application

Interested in group volunteer opportunities alongside friends, students and/or colleagues? email volunteer@laughfestgr.org or call 616.453.8300 ext. 121.


In 2011, people thought that we were seriously crazy when we said we wanted to put on a 10-day festival of laughter. Now going into our tenth festival, LaughFest is wildly successful, garnering praise from artists and attendees alike. How does Gilda’s LaughFest manage put on so many diverse events at multiple venues during the course of the festival? ONLY WITH LOTS OF VOLUNTEERS!

Our volunteers are not only part of what makes LaughFest so great, they make it possible. When volunteering for LaughFest, you are instrumental in creating a fantastic festival experience for all. We have opportunities to volunteer before, during and after the festival. There are no minimum or maximum time commitments when volunteering. Whether you choose to volunteer a little or a lot, know you will be bringing smiles and laughter to the lives of many…all while helping support the year-round work happening at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids!


Smile Team

As a Smile Team volunteer (general volunteer), you’ll have opportunities to help welcome festivalgoers, provide directions, answer questions and to assist with taking tickets, ushering, coat check, door guarding and set-up & tear-down. Most volunteer shifts are between two to four hours and can take place mornings, afternoons, evenings and late-night all ten days of the festival.

Special Team Volunteer

Special Team volunteers bring a specific skill or fill a specific role at LaughFest events. Opportunities include helping with moving supplies and people (Transportation Team Assistant); capturing festival shows and events (Photo & Social Media Team); running audio, video and lights at events (Production Team); preparing supplies and merchandise for shows (Merchandise Room Assistant); helping staff directly with projects and administrative tasks (Office Team); selling merchandise at events (Retail Assistant Team); selling merchandise and recommending festival events & Grand Rapids destinations at our retail store (LaughFest Central Team); running info tables and providing informational tours at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids (Ambassador Team); and collecting donations at festival events (High Five Team).

Leadership Volunteers

Leadership teams are for experienced volunteers who are interested in taking on extra responsibilities and high-level duties. Leadership volunteers must be comfortable in a management role, willing to become an ‘expert’ on all things Gilda’s Club, Gilda Radner and LaughFest, and must commit to a minimum of five volunteer shifts over the course of the 10-day festival. Many leadership volunteers also take on limited shifts pre-festival and in the off-season to help with planning or at special events. For more information email LaughFest Volunteer Manager, Ben at bmepham@laughfestgr.org.


Questions? Contact volunteer@laughfestgr.org or call 616.453.8300 ext. 121.