GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Gilda’s LaughFest has announced plans to kick off this year’s festival by inviting the community to help set another Guinness World Record.
Officials want to attempt to gather the most people wearing sunglasses in the dark on opening night on March 6. The current Guinness World Record for largest number of people wearing sunglasses in the dark was achieved in July 2012 by 1,642 participants at Wrigley Field in Chicago.
The Community Kickoff, a family friendly event will be at Rosa Parks Circle in downtown Grand Rapids, and include giveaways and a photo booth.
Festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m., with a practice and instructions for the world record attempt at 7 p.m., and the attempt at 7:15 p.m.
The first 2,500 world-record participants will receive official LaughFest sunglasses, which are being supplied by Baudville. You can bring your own sunglasses, too.
Last year, 1,532 individuals joined LaughFest and donned false mustaches to set the Guinness World Record for the largest number of people wearing fake mustaches at a single venue.
In 2012, 607 people wore chicken beaks and performed the chicken dance to set the record for the greatest number of people wearing animal noses.
In 2011, 925 rubber chickens were tossed in downtown Grand Rapids, shattering the previous record of 265 set near Boston.
This year’s world-record attempt will be followed with opening night events at downtown restaurants, and a free comedy preview show held at the Pyramid Scheme, 68 Commerce Ave., at 10 p.m. The show will include a sneak peek of local, regional, and national comedians who will be featured during the 10-day LaughFest festival. A suggested $5 donation to Gilda’s Club will be collected at the door. Fast passes are available for these shows at LaughFest Central, which will guarantee the holder a seat at the show as long as they are seated 15 minutes prior to start time.
Tickets are also available for the Clean Comedy Showcase at The B.O.B. at 8 p.m. that night — tickets are $17.50 and $32.50 (include dinner).
LaughFest 2014 will be held in Grand Rapids, Lowell, and Holland from March 6-16. Headliners include Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, Lily Tomlin, Sinbad, Mike Birbiglia, and Chris Tucker. Other acts announced include Maria Bamford, Miranda Sings, Todd Barry, Rory Scovel, Nick Thune, The Tenderloins, Judah Friedlander, Jen Kirkman, Blackout Diaries, and the stars of MTV’s “Guy Code.” New and returning activities include FUNderwear 5K, Seriously Funny Family Adventure Challenge, and People and Pets. Showcases and competitions include Best of the Midwest, National Stand-up Comedy Showcase, and Clean Comedy Showcase.
Gilda’s LaughFest — 616.735.HAHA (4242)