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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP/WZZM) -- A 10-day festival of laughter is ready to kick off in western Michigan.

"Gilda's LaughFest" opens Thursday in Grand Rapids. Headliners at the event created by Gilda's Club Grand Rapids in celebration of its 10th anniversary include comedians Bill Cosby, Betty White, Margaret Cho, Mike Birbiglia, Kathleen Madigan and Gabriel Iglesias.

The official kickoff is at downtown's Rosa Parks Circle on Thursday night, when organizers want to break a Guinness World Record for the number of participants who toss rubber chickens at one time. LaughFest includes 110 free events throughout the city.

Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is a cancer and grief support group affiliated with Gilda's Club Worldwide. It's named after Gilda Radner, the "Saturday Night Live" fixture who died of ovarian cancer in 1989.

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