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Break out the fake mustaches for LaughFest

Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:55 AM EST
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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Break out the fake mustaches and let the laughter begin. LaughFest kicks off Thursday in Grand Rapids with several big acts performing over the next 10 days.

Jessica Wheeler was live at the Grand Rapids Art Museum with a look at the event in the video report above.








Break out the fake mustaches for LaughFest
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BILL COSBY - FLORIDA WOMAN MAKES ACCUSATION

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida woman has become the fourth in recent weeks to make a rape allegation against Bill Cosby. Therese Serignese (tur-EES' SAYR'-uhg-neez) is a nurse who lives in Boca Raton. And she says back in 1976 -- when she was 19 -- she met Cosby in a hotel gift shop. She says the comedian invited her to his show and afterward he gave her some pills that made her feel groggy. Serignese says her next memory was her being in a haze, naked and with Cosby having sex with her. The woman says she willingly stayed with Cosby after the alleged assault, but couldn't say how long she was there or whether they had sex again during their time together. She also acknowledges that she stayed in touch with him over the years. In one instance, her sister contacted the comedian asking for financial support after Serignese was hurt in a car accident.

Serignese says she was among those who offered to tell their story in a case in which a woman claimed Cosby raped her, using a similar approach. That case was settled out of court.

AP Entertainment Editor Oscar Wells Gabriel reports the woman's claims mirror those of other women who accuse Bill Cosby of rape.

<<CUT ..003 (11/21/14)>> 00:14 "was Bill Cosby"

Therese Serignese

Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby first approached her when she was eyeing items in a hotel gift store. ((longer version of cut in wrap))

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Therese Serignese

Therese Serignese says Bill Cosby raped her after giving her drugs. ((longer version of cut in wrap; note length of cut))

BILL COSBY - CRISIS MANAGEMENT

WASHINGTON (AP) -- One crisis management expert says the Bill Cosby situation is a textbook case of a celebrity in need of damage control. And Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl) suggests that so far, the comedian is failing to win support for his side of the story. Dezenhall says with all the allegations of sexual assault swirling around Cosby, he'd have to prove that he is innocent to survive the rape allegation scandal. So far, Cosby has refused to comment on the situation, though his attorney has dismissed most of the claims as old and disproved. Dezenhall says the problem is compounded because Cosby has had such a wholesome image -- and these claims are seen as out of character with that image.

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby would have to prove his innocence to survive the scandal over rape allegations.

<<CUT ..007 (11/21/14)>> 00:10 "that's the norm"

Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the scandal of the rape allegations is a challenge Bill Cosby does not know how to handle.

<<CUT ..008 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "true or not"

Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says one big reason the rape allegations have become such a huge scandal is Bill Cosby's celebrity as a loveable father figure.

<<CUT ..009 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "and very moral"

Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says the Bill Cosby scandal is more shocking than some celebrity scandals because of his upstanding image.

<<CUT ..010 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "is not forgiveable"

Eric Dezenhall (DEHZ'-ehn-hawl), CEO, Dezenhall Resources, and author of "Glass Jaw"

Eric Dezenhall, a crisis management expert, says Bill Cosby probably can't resolve the scandal with an apology like he might if it involved an extramarital affair -- which the public is very willing to forgive.

BILL COSBY - BAHAMAS PERFORMANCE

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) -- After getting a warm welcome in the Bahamas for a show yesterday, Bill Cosby returns to the U.S. tonight and will likely get an idea how fans will respond to the rape allegations that have been swirling around him. He is due to play a gig in Florida tonight. During the performance in the Bahamas, Cosby did not mention the allegations, sticking to telling jokes and stories about growing up in Philadelphia. There were few empty seats in the small theater and no protests outside. The performance at a resort was a benefit for a women's service organization.

BILL COSBY - TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Temple University says Bill Cosby remains a trustee of the school -- despite the renewed attention given to rape allegations against him. The comedian attended the Philadelphia school and has served as a trustee since 1982. His Temple ties are strong. He's the most famous alum and often speaks at commencement, drawing huge cheers. It was also a former Temple employee who claimed he drugged and fondled her at his home near Philly. In the case, which was settled out of court, Cosby was represented by the head of the Temple trustees board.

MIKE NICHOLS - REACTION

UNDATED (AP) -- Julia Roberts is among the stars praising late director Mike Nichols. She tells The Hollywood Reporter that Nichols was her "most cherished friend" and that his "jokes were timeless and perfectly placed." Steven Spielberg says Nichols had "uncanny hearing for keeping scenes ironic and real" and that in a room full of people, he was "always the center of gravity." Kevin Spacey says it was Nichols who gave him a start and was "one of the best observers of life." Nichols died Wednesday night in New York at age 83. During his career, he won an Oscar, several Emmys, a Grammy and nine Tony Awards.

Szaroleta reports the actors who worked with director Mike Nichols are remembering him fondly.

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Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in a 1996 AP interview he turned to directing after starting as a performer because he liked being in control. ((longer version of cut used in wrap))

<<CUT ..014 (11/21/14)>> 00:02 "to seduce me"

Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman in a scene from "The Graduate," directed by Mike Nichols.

<<CUT ..015 (11/21/14)>> 00:15 "associate professor's salary"

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in a scene from "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols.

<<CUT ..016 (11/21/14)>> 00:16 "I'm not sure"

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane

Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in scene from "The Birdcage," directed by Mike Nichols.

<<CUT ..017 (11/21/14)>> 00:08 "been so long"

Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he didn't mind being overshadowed by up-and-coming directors.

<<CUT ..018 (11/21/14)>> 00:16 "to control it"

Mike Nichols, director

Mike Nichols said in 1996 that he was always 'the director' -- even when he and his wife, Diane Sawyer, were in their car.

<<CUT ..019 (11/21/14)>> 00:14 "are very close"

Mike Nichols, director

Back in 2001 Mike Nichols reflected on the fine line between tears and laughter.

KELSEY GRAMMER'S DAUGHTER - MISS GOLDEN GLOBE

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Kelsey Grammer's daughter has been named Miss Golden Globe. Greer Grammer will be helping to hand out the statuettes during the ceremony -- continuing a tradition in which the son or daughter of a past Golden Globe winner helps at the show. She's 22. Meanwhile her dad is batting .333 at the Golden Globes, winning three of the 9 times he has been nominated.

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