Gilda’s LaughFest adds four shows and activities to the festival in March.

New shows include both free and ticketed events: the Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge, People and Pets, Blackout Diaries, and Carly Aquilino, Chris Distefano and Andrew Schulz as seen on MTV’s Guy Code.

The Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge has been added to the Meijer Family Friendly Series.   Taking place at GRCC’s Ford Fieldhouse on March 9 from 12 to 3 p.m., the Meijer Family Friendly Series’s People and Pets brings the entire community together to celebrate how entertaining and funny pets can be.

Blackout Diaries is an interactive show featuring standup comedians and regular people telling true drinking stories, while the audience asks questions.

Carly Aquilino, Chris Distefano, and Andrew Schulz, of MTV’s hit reality comedy series, Guy Code, are coming to the Grand River Room of Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof Center on March 13 at 9 p.m. This show’s seriously funny cast will focus in on the different codes that exist between girls and guys in a snappy and entertaining fashion.

LaughFest headliners include: Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, Lily Tomlin, Sinbad, and Chris Tucker. Other acts announced include: Mike Birbiglia, Maria Bamford, Miranda Sings, Todd Barry, Rory Scovel and Nick Thune, The Tenderloins, Judah Friedlander and Jen Kirkman. Showcases and competitions returning to this year’s LaughFest include: Best of the Midwest, National Stand-up Comedy Showcase and Clean Comedy Showcase.

Tickets can be purchased online at (search LaughFest), at the Van Andel Box Office, or at Ticketmaster outlets through closing day of the LaughFest, which runs from March 6 through March 16.

Gilda’s LaughFest, since its inception,  has averaged 55,000 attendees per year. Proceeds from the festival will go to support the free cancer, grief and emotional health programs offered through Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

Visit   or call 616-735-HAHA (4242) to learn more about Gilda’s LaughFest.