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LaughFest Podcast

Have you ever wondered what goes into LaughFest? Join LaughFest Director, Joanne Roehm, and friends for a podcast discussing all things LaughFest. From LaughFest in years gone by, what’s coming up for LaughFest 2020 to getting involved in local comedy and logistics of the festival, the LaughFest podcast is a behind the scenes look into what goes into creating the nation’s first 10 day festival of laughter!

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LaughFest Podcast Episode 9: Second Half of Festival Programming
This week Joanne talks with Matt Lauria and Allen Trieu two local comics. Join us as we reminisce about 10 years of LaughFest, highlight the second half of festival programming. The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
39:31 3/6/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 8: First Half Events and The Comedy Project
This week Joanne talks with  with Joe Anderson and Ben Wilke two of the founders of The Comedy Project. Join us as we reminisce about 10 years of LaughFest, highlight the first half of festival programming, and discuss all things Comedy Project! The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
42:09 2/28/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 7: Freaky Friendly
What makes LaughFest viable as a festival? Join us as Joanne interviews former and current LaughFest Cabinet co-chair Carter Pavey and current Tara Hernandez. Could LaughFest work elsewhere? SPOILER: Joanne, Carter, and Tara don't think so and discuss why "freaky friendly" West Michigan is at the heart of why LaughFest works. They also discuss what kind of impact LaughFest has had on the West Michigan community and within Carter and Tara's organizations. The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
30:06 2/14/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 6: Talent Behind The Scenes
Joanne interviews Festival Photographer Brian Kelly and Jamison Yoder from Funny Business Agency. In this second part of a two part episode (Go back and listen to episode 5 if you have't yet!) Joanne, Brian, and Jamison share some seriously funny behind the scenes stories featuring some major names in the comedy industry! The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
36:44 1/31/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 5: Booking The Festival - Talent Behind The Scenes
Joanne interviews Festival Photographer Brain Kelly and Jamison Yoder from Funny Business Agency. How has LaughFest effected Jamison and Brian's respective businesses? How does LaughFest book it's artists? Whats going on with the content boom in the comedy industry? All these questions and more are answered in this - the first of a two part episode - featuring Jamison and Brian. The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
39:40 1/17/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 4: Community and Corporate Impact
Joanne interviews Brad Laackman and Twayne Howard two of the three co-chairs of the LaughFest Cabinet. What is the LaughFest Cabinet? What kind of impact has LaughFest had on the West Michigan community and within Brad and Twayne's companies? Who is the Godfather? What ever happened with those World Records? These are just some of the questions answered in this episode of the LaughFest Podcast! The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
41:10 1/3/20
LaughFest Podcast Episode 3
In today’s episode Joanne talks with Stu McCallister and Dave Dyer two local comedians about how LaughFest has changed the comedy scene in West Michigan. Breaking into being a professional comic. And how they remember the early days of LaughFest.
37:41 12/20/19
LaughFest Podcast Episode 2: Festival History
Welcome to the LaughFest Podcast!   In this second episode (If you haven't listened to the first episode go back and listen now!) Joanne Roehm, Director of Strategic Initiatives and LaughFest for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and Wendy Wigger, President of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest talk with Carroll Velie, one of the LaughFest co-chairs in year one of the festival about keeping the LaughFest secret.   The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center.   Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
32:49 12/3/19
LaughFest Podcast Episode 1: Festival History
Welcome to the LaughFest Podcast! In this first episode (part one of two!) Joanne Roehm, Director of Strategic Initiatives and LaughFest for Gilda's Club Grand Rapids interviews Wendy Wigger, President of Gilda's Club Grand Rapids and LaughFest about the very beginnings of LaughFest and why LaughFest matters. Joanne and Wendy then have a conversation with Marti O'Brien and Mary Reagan Shapton of Reagan Marketing + Design about the early days of LaughFest and the creation of the iconic LaughFest smile and the tag line Seriously Funny. Stay tuned for part two of LaughFest festival history where Wendy and Joanne talk with Carroll Velie, one of the LaughFest co-chairs in year one of the festival about keeping the LaughFest secret. The LaughFest Podcast is produced by Gilda's LaughFest with the support of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center. Gilda's LaughFest. Seriously Funny.
36:29 12/2/19