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Jim Gaffigan to open 10th year of Gilda’s Laughfest


March 5 at Van Andel Arena

Grand Rapids — Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first ever community-wide festival of laughter, and Outback Presents announced that Jim Gaffigan will bring his “The Pale Tourist” tour to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids. Gaffigan will open the 10th year of Gilda’s LaughFest on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, October 25 at 10:00 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices and online at Ticketmaster.com. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to every order. See Ticketmaster.com for all current pricing and availability.

Gaffigan is the first headliner to be announced for the 2020 festival. Tickets for “The Pale Tourist” will be included in LaughFest ticket packages, which go on sale after LaughFest releases its full lineup on Tuesday, November 19.

“The Pale Tourist” marks the third appearance for Gaffigan at LaughFest. Both of his previous performances sold out.

One of the nation’s top touring comedians, Gaffigan has proven himself as a major talent beloved to a wide range of audiences while achieving accolades and awards for his stand-up comedy, acting, and writing. He has had an unprecedented number of appearances on late night television and has earned nominations for both a Broadband Emmy and a Webby Award for his writing and voice work on the animated series “Pale Force” for Conan. In recent years, Gaffigan has also become a mainstay on the big screen with roles in “Going the Distance,” “Away We Go,” and “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” He appeared alongside Jennifer Connolly, Ed Harris, Pierce Bronson and Greg Kinnear in “Salvation Boulevard,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011. Further broadening his career, Gaffigan starred in the Broadway production, “That Championship Season.”

In addition to today’s “The Pale Tourist” announcement, LaughFest earlier this year announced that Cristela Alonzo will participate in a special 10th anniversary LaughFest “off-season” performance at 7:00 PM on November 22 at the Wealthy Theatre. Tickets for Alonzo’s performance are available at grcmc.org/event/cristela-alonzo-2019.

More information about Gilda’s LaughFest and ticket packages is available at laughfestgr.org, or by calling 616-735-HAHA (4242).

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