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.
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.