The Yes, And Laughter Lab invites all comedy creators to apply for a chance to receive some training, some money, and a chance to pitch their project to a room full of potential allies and partners. The Laughter Lab is a pipeline for the best comedy projects that address pressing social issues.

The Lab will select ten original comedy projects from the pool of applicants. Winners will present their original projects either in New York City or Los Angeles (September 2020) to a curated room of traditional and digital media platforms, grantmakers and investors, leading NGOs/nonprofits, production companies, and other select industry players. We aim to build support around each winning comedy project to accelerate its impact and influence.

The Laughter Lab is also providing training for up to 20 Finalists to provide them with the knowledge and skills needed to make the most of this opportunity. In light of Covid-19, the training will be taking place virtually through a series of webinars, workshops, and videos.

Our 2020 Laughter Lab Finalists will be informed the week of March 23rd and announced the week of March 30th. The final Pitch Winners will be announced the week of July 6th. To get in touch, please contact us at [email protected].

Applications for the 2020 Yes And Laughter Lab convenings are closed.

If you’re considering applying to the Laughter Lab in the future, we hosted a webinar on February 13th where we answered tons of questions from interested applicants and explained more about the application and selection processes, what it means to be selected as a pitch winner, and what to expect along the way. You can view a recording of the full webinar on our YouTube channel.

See Official Rules for specific entry periods, complete entry details, judging criteria, and prize descriptions.