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MARCH 10–20, DOWNTOWN GRAND RAPIDS NATIONAL PERFORMERS:


MARGARET CHO GRCC Ford Fieldhouse / March 12, 8 p.m. / $17.50-$27.50


Margaret Cho is an actress, author, fashion designer and recording artist. She’s also really freaking funny, with topical humor that covers rare Asian-American insights. Easily the funniest comedian of Korean descent at Laughfest; see her March 12 at 8 p.m.


BILL COSBY DeVos Performance Hall / March 13, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. / $32.50-$77.50


You may recognize Mr. Cosby from “The Cosby Show,” Jell-O advertisements, “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” or his decades as a stand-up comedian that reaches across the boundaries of human expression with a sense of humor common to everyone. His sensibilities have brought him the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2009 – the Medal of Honor for humorists.


MIKE BIRBIGLIA


Fountain Street Church / March 14, 7 p.m. / $17.50-$27.50


Monday, March 14, Mike Birbiglia will step on stage at Fountain Street Church around 7 p.m. His off-Broadway show was cited as “perfect” by the NY Times, and not a weekend goes by where a brief anecdote of his doesn’t stream on NPR. 50 years from now, Birbiglia ought to be up for a Mark Twain Prize himself.


BETTY WHITE DeVos Place / March 15, 5:30 p.m. From the “Golden Girls” to “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Ms.


White’s captivating career revival has seen her receive the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award and a Lifetime Achievement Award in Acting from the American Women in Radio and Television last year.


FRANCESCA AMARI The B.O.B. / March 19, 8 p.m.


Francesca Amari comes back to West Michigan after just leaving to debut her cabaret before it takes the stage in New York this spring. The show highlights moments of Gilda Radner’s life stemming from Gilda’s own biography and Alan Zweibel’s recollections during the “Saturday Night Live” years.


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KATHLEEN MADIGAN St. Cecelia’s Music Center / March 19, 7 p.m.


Kathleen Madigan brings her outlandish humor, which granted her a show-stealing run on NBC’s second season of “Last Comic Standing.” Considered one of the funniest female comics by both Jay Leno and Dr. Phil, Madigan’s humor knows no bounds as she has recently returned from a USO tour supporting our troops in the Middle East.


ALAN ZWEIBEL Grand Rapids Art Museum / March 19, 7 p.m. / $10


Original SNL Emmy-winning writer and Curb Your Own Enthusiasm co-producer Alan Zweibel steps outside his mature themes for the Family-Friendly Fun All Ages Show 7pm at the GRAM Staurday, March 19.


COLIN MACHARIE AND BRAD SHERWOOD GRCC Ford Fieldhouse / March 19, 7:30 p.m. / $17.50-$27.50


“Whose Line Is It Anyway?” alumni Colin Macharie and Brad Sherwood have come to show us what improv can be like in the hands of lifelong professionals. It’ll be even funnier because they won’t have Drew Carey or Wayne Brady to hold them back.


STEPHEN LYNCH DeVos Performance Hall / March 15, 7:30 p.m. / $17.50-$27.50


Michigan native Stephen Lynch returns with his schadenfreude troubadour stylings to DeVos Performance Hall, Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Most recently, Lynch nabbed the role as the loveable wedding singer Robbie Hart in the Broadway adaptation of the Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore film, The Wedding Singer.


CHONDA PIERCE 1st United Methodist Church / March 19, 2 and 8 p.m. / $17.50-$27.50


Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce comes fully charged like an illegal firework from the South. If you don’t think Christianity and comedy mix, plan to be moved by her cathartic, keen wit.


BETTY WHITE


BILL COSBY


STEPHEN LYNCH


MARGARET CHO


SCENE SOUNDS | SIGHTS | DINING | SCHEDULE


MIKE BIRBIGLIA


KATHLEEN MADIGAN


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