Laughfest Adds Shows With John Mulaney And Rik Roberts [Video]
Gilda’s LaughFest has added several artists and shows including John Mulaney and Rik Roberts to the festival of laughter in advance of individual tickets going on sale Friday, January 12.
Mulaney will perform March 14 at DeVos Performance Hall. Mulaney, an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian most recently starred in the Broadway hit, "Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, Mulaney released his third hour stand-up special, a Netflix Original titled “THE COMEBACK KID,” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.”
Roberts, who has spent over twenty years headlining his 100 percent clean comedy show across the U.S. and overseas, will perform at Fountain Street Church March 17 at 2 p.m. Roberts has appeared in Comedy All-Stars, "Stand Up for Families,” Bananas Comedy, “20 Greatest Redneck Moments” and was a writer and performer on “The Henry Cho Comedy Show.” He's known for comedic songs like 'It's Too Cold'
In addition to those shows, a local touch was added with Warm Cheese, an inspirational work filled with humor and poignancy about Grand Rapids native Theresa Thome’s grief journey following the death of her mother, will be performed March 9 at 8 p.m. and March 10 at 2 p.m. at Dog Story Theater. Thome is co-founder and Managing Partner of Michigan-based Fubble Entertainment.
For children of all ages, Super Saturday Kids Zone is a themed carnival for kids featuring surprise guests, inflatable activities, dancing, kid friendly music and games, and will return for LaughFest 2018 on March 17 at Grand Rapids Community College from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
New this year, Kids Rock Hip Hop Dance Party is an event for toddlers and preschoolers. It will be offered at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on March 10 at H.O.M.E. at The B.O.B. and feature Grand Rapids’ own 61SYX TEKNIQUE, who will lead this dance party and teach children some break dance and hip hop moves.
Previously announced events for the eighth annual LaughFest included Trevor Noah, performing during Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Signature Event, Tiffany Haddish and returning LaughFest veterans Maria Bamford and Cameron Esposito, among other diverse artists including some festival newcomers and other returning favorites.
Tickets will go on sale beginning at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com (search LaughFest), the Van Andel Arena & DeVos Place Box Offices or by visiting laughfestgr.org.