Gilda's LaughFest to return for 5th year in March Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - Organizers of an annual festival of laughter in western Michigan say the event will return for its fifth year in March. Dates for the 2015 edition of Gilda's LaughFest were announced Thursday morning. Organizers say it will take place March 5 to March 15. LaughFest honors the memory of comedian Gilda Radner, who died of ovarian cancer in 1989. Click HERE for more information.