LaughFest went virtual in 2021 due to Covid restrictions, but is set to return with limited live shows in March of 2022.

Zack Berends, events manager for LaughFest appeared on my show Tuesday morning to announce that live shows will return with LaughFest when the festival of comedy takes place March 16-20 of 2022.

Most notable in the announcement, is the trimming of the dates from its usual ten days to just four. The event will run from Wednesday to Sunday of that week, meaning much of the action will be jam packed into that tighter time frame.

“After being virtual in 2021, we are excited to return live and in person,” Berends announced.

“From the festival’s beginning, our goal has been to bring laughter to West Michigan during the gray days of March and raise visibility and funds for Gilda’s Club mission.  Our team has been working behind the scenes since the close of LaughFest 2021 to bring a safe festival back in 2022 that continues to inspire community togetherness and laughter for the health of it.”

Performers for this year's LaughFest will be announced in January. Berends promised the list will include some return performers, along with some of the top names in stand up comedy.

Many LaughFest fan favorites will be returning such as: the Clean Comedy Showcase, nationally known comedians, Laughter Yoga, Kids Joke and more.

And hopefully I will pop us in a showcase or two.

 Also returning is the Laughter Rx Symposium, a conference with continuing education credit opportunities for health care professionals, will return in a hybrid format with in person and  virtual attendance options.  And in keeping with tradition, downtown Grand Rapids will once again play host to the Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge. Teams will tour downtown Grand Rapids while following clues and prompts provided at various stops.

More details about the festival and upcoming announcements are available at

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