A new initiative seeking to help build and support
collaboration between comedy people and social justice people.
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Comedy can change the world. It points out the absurdity of bigotry and makes hard truths easier to hear. Comedy exposes hypocrisy, challenges the status quo and stigmatizes bad behavior. It opens our eyes to other perspectives and experiences. Comedy serves as a form of catharsis and social critique; it opens the door to talking about taboo experiences; it normalizes groups and individuals too often portrayed as “the other.”

Yes, And...Laughter Lab seeks to start cross-sector collaborative relationships between the comedy and social justice sectors, on the way to supporting the production and distribution of new comedy work that can reframe the conversations about and encourage public engagement with the most pressing issues of today.

In its first year, Yes, And...Laughter Lab will support five incredible original comedy projects that marry quality (great, entertaining comedy) and social impact (fostering public engagement with social problems). We are opening submissions for comedians to pitch their projects at the inaugural Yes, And...Laughter Lab convening in New York City on June 11, 2019. See below for more info on how to apply.

PITCHING

Yes, And...Laughter Lab will select five original comedy projects from our pool of applicants that merge quality comedy with social impact. These five will present their original projects to a room of potential allies and partners -- such as grantmakers and investors, leading NGO’s/nonprofits, broadcasters, traditional and digital media platforms, and other select industry players -- who are particularly interested in supporting the development of projects like yours. The goal is for Yes, And...Laughter Lab to create a coalition around each comedy project to accelerate its impact and influence.

Read the guidelines and qualifications. Deadline for applications is Friday, April 5th.

OUR TEAM
Caty Borum Chattoo
Steering Committee
Jennie Church-Cooper
Selection Committee
Ryan Cunningham
Steering Committee
Ilana Glazer
Selection Committee
Bethany Hall
Steering Committee
Abbi Jacobson
Selection Committee
Sabrina Jalees
Selection Committee
Jeffrey P. Jones
Selection Committee
Erika Soto Lamb
Steering Committee
Aasif Mandvi
Selection Committee
Mik Moore
Steering Committee
Varsha Ramani
Producer
Franchesca Ramsey
Steering Committee
Baratunde Thurston
Steering Committee
Sarah Vitti
Steering Committee
Roy Wood Jr.
Selection Committee