Set your DVRs! Kathleen will be making her second appearance on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, Tuesday March 17th, 11:30pm Comedy Central.
If you miss the show, you can always dial up the replay on the The Nightly Show website.
By: Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk
March 11, 2015
Comedian Sinbad hardly recognizes the Grand Rapids he once knew.
While growing up in Benton Harbor, Sinbad regularly would come to Grand Rapids to play basketball.
Gilda’s LaughFest brought Sinbad back to town on Tuesday for its fifth annual benefit gala to raise money for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
The fifth and final entertainer of the night, Sinbad, after a long routine about relations between husbands and wives and parents and kids, was generous with admiration for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.
The organization, which provides assistance to individuals and families coping with cancer, is the nation’s largest in its network.
“Who’d have thought that? Of all the places in the world,” Sinbad said. “Twenty years ago you could buy a house here for $3,000.”
If that were true, money raised Tuesday could buy more than 40 of those houses.
Comedians Kathleen Madigan, Jim Breuer and Justin Willman, with host Michael Kosta, supplied the laughs while LaughFest’s High Five campaign collected $61,528 at the gala dinner and show in DeVos Place convention center.
The High Five tally was matched by a $35,000 contribution from the Cook Foundation and another $35,000 match from Meijer Inc., for a total of $131,528.
All five of the entertainers have appeared previously since the debut of the community-based festival of laughter in 2011.
Growing old was a common theme for Madigan, Breuer and Sinbad who together entertained for nearly two hours, hosted by Kosta, who was the inaugural winner of LaughFest’s National Stand-Up Comedy Competition in 2011.
By: Jeffery Kaczmarczyk
March 10, 2015
When comedian Kathleen Madigan says she can’t wait to get back to Grand Rapids for LaughFest, it could be a line. A half hour later, you’re convinced she’s totally serious about the festival of seriously funny stuff when says she’s happy to be back for her third appearance at Gilda’s LaughFest
Reason No. 1 – Why Kathleen Madigan loves performing at LaughFest:
“It’s one of the best comedy festivals I’ve ever been a part of. I was really blown away the first time,” said Madigan, the 1996 winner of the Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic at the American Comedy Awards
Not just by her audience but by her time spent in Grand Rapids.
Reason No. 2 – Why she loves visiting Grand Rapids:
“I actually like the city. I can walk around,” she said. “Chicago is fun, but you just aren’t going to walk off the stage and walk across the street to the bar.”
Madigan, 49, who appeared at LaughFest 2011 and 2012 returns tonight for LaughFest’s Signature Event, a gala fundraiser for Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, which created the community-based festival of laughter in 2011.
Joining her are three other past LaughFest headliners – Jim Breuer, Sinbad and Justin Willman – all hosted by Mike Kostka, who was the inaugural winner of LaughFest’s National Stand-Up Competition in 2011.
Kathleen will be taping her fourth standup special October 10, 2015 at the Pabst Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Come be part of the audience and add your laughter to this brand new special. Tickets are now on sale!
Live comedy special taping
October 10, 2015
Pabst Theatre – Milwaukee, WI
7:00pm & 9:30pm
All patrons attending this performance will be requested to consent to being filmed for media included but not limited to television, DVD, film, online streaming and other media for use in Kathleen Madigan’s all new standup comedy special. If you do not wish to be filmed for appearance in the program, please do not attend this performance.