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.