LaughFest Kicks Off 2014 Lineup - Jay Leno, Lily Tomlin, Chris Tucker & More, Now thru 3/16
Get seriously excited! We announced our first round of key talent and shows for the fourth year of LaughFest. The nation's first-ever, community-wide festival of laughter will be held today, March 6-16, 2014. So who did we announce?
One of America's foremost comediennes, Lily Tomlin; American actor and comedian, Chris Tucker; and LaughFest veterans, Jim Gaffigan and Sinbad. We are excited to announce that this year's Signature Event will feature Emmy award winning comedian, longtime TV personality and late-night talk show host Jay Leno! Other seriously funny acts include Netflix's Arrested Development actress, Maria Bamford; YouTube sensation Miranda Sings with special guest Colleen Ballinger; comedy trio Todd Barry, Rory Scovel and Nick Thune; and stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers, The Tenderloins, made up of Sal Vulcano, Joe Gatto, James Murray and Brian Quinn.
New this year, presented by Gun Lake Casino, is the National Stand-Up Comedy Showcase, which features two showcases with 10 seriously funny comics: Cameron Esposito, Aparna Nancherla, Johnny Pemberton, Baron Vaughn, Joe Zimmerman, Tone Bell, Kurt Braunohler, Carmen Lynch, Barry Rothbart, and Hampton Yount. The Best of the Midwest Competition will return, and is underwritten by Wolverine Worldwide. It will feature 10 Midwestern comics duking it out for the $2,500 cash prize!
The competitors are Johnny Beehner, Kevin Bozeman, John Conroy, Maggie Faris, AJ Finney, Drew Frees, Mike Lebovitz, Matt McClowry, Bryan Morris and Ms. Pat. The Clean Comedy Showcase presented by Bissell and underwritten by Blue Cross Blue Shield will also make a return to LaughFest 2014. It features two showcases with eight comedians who specialize in bringing serious laughs without vulgarity. The performers include James P. Connolly, Tony Deyo, Robert Mac, Pat McGann, Andy Hendrickson, Michael Palascak, Louis Ramey, and Rik Roberts. For the Family Friendly Series, presented by Meijer, get ready to rock with performances by Milkshake, a band on a mission to create great rock music for kids!