Brian Regan Tops LaughFest 2019 Lineup [Video]
Regan, whose career spans 30 years, including several sold out tours and cable and Netflix specials, will host the signature event Tuesday March 12 at DeVos Place.
Brian Regan is one of the most respected comedians in the country, with Vanity Fair calling Brian, “The funniest stand-up alive,” and Entertainment Weekly calling him, “Your favorite comedian’s favorite comedian.” The Signature Event is a fundraiser, and tickets are on sale now at laughfestgr.org.
Other notable comics slated to appear at this year's LaughFest include Nate Bargatze, who will headline a show at VanderMill's March 9.
Ali Wong, of Los Angeles, will perform at DeVos Performance Hall. Wong has appeared on her own Netflix Stand-Up Specials “Baby Cobra” and “Hard Knock Wife.” Currently, her movie “Always Be My Maybe,” is set to debut on Netflix next year. Wong will take the stage Sunday, March 17.
Ed Asner, will perform “A Man and His Prostate” on Sunday, March 10, at Wealthy Theatre. Known for his presence in television, film and stage, Asner has appeared in roles on “The Mary Taylor Moore show,” “The Outer Limits,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Wild Wild West,” “Mission Impossible,” and more. “A Man and His Prostate” was created and written by award-winning Ed Weinberger, and is based on his true life experience while vacationing in Italy and being rushed to a hospital for prostate cancer surgery.
Brad Upton, a winner of the Las Vegas Comedy Festival and stand-up comic, will be performing Thursday, March 14 at Gun Lake Casino and Friday, March 15 at Larkin’s in Lowell. Upton has been an opening act for the legendary Johnny Mathis and has done multiple shows with the late Joan Rivers. Currently his new CD, “Brad Uptonogood” is available and he just released his first DVD called “Brad Upton, Live from the 509.”
“We’re thrilled to bring such diverse talent to LaughFest 2019,” said Joanne Roehm, director of strategic initiatives at Gilda’s Club and LaughFest.
LaughFest Badges will go on sale to the general public at noon, Nov. 20 at laughfestgr.org. Badges are priced at four levels and will allow individuals to create customized ticket options for shows before individual tickets go on sale. Badges allow attendees the best seats to the best shows of the festival, and will include access to insider perks, such as exclusive parties, early access to additional single ticket sales, early seating at free shows, merchandise discounts and more. Individual ticket sales will be available beginning January.
Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids is again seeking to raise funds to support its programs through the High Five campaign. Money raised during LaughFest through this campaign will support the free cancer, grief and emotional health support programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids. DTE Energy will be providing a $50-thousand community match for all “High Five” donations. Individuals interested in donating to the “High Five” campaign may do so by purchasing a button for a $5 donation at LaughFest events or through laughfestgr.org.