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Gilda's LaughFest recruiting talent for showcases

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Organizers of next year's Gilda's LaughFest in West Michigan are looking for talent to come forward and fill slots in a variety of free community showcases.

Individuals of all ages and groups of any size are being encouraged to sign up.

The sign-up period began this week and runs through Jan. 11.

LaughFest officials say they expect to put on 100 community showcases and other free events at locations in Grand Rapids, Lowell and Holland.

The third annual festival of laughter will take place March 7-17.

LaughFest honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner.