Applications for the 2021 Yes, And… Laughter Lab are closed.

All 2021 applicants will be notified of their status the week of April 12, 2021. Finalists will be publicly announced the week of May 3, 2021. The final Pitch Winners will be announced the week of July 12, 2021. 

To get in touch, please contact us at [email protected].

About the 2021 Yes, And… Laughter Lab

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, online or in person either in New York City (mid-September 2021) or Los Angeles (late-September 2021), 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 may take place in person or virtually through a series of webinars, workshops, and videos. All participants will be updated when a final decision is made closer to the event date.

Thinking of applying next year?

If you are considering applying to the Laughter Lab in the future, check out our webinar where our team and a former program Winner answered questions from interested applicants. You can view a recording of our 2021 applicant webinar on our YouTube channel.

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

Make sure to follow the Laughter Lab on Twitter and Instagram @YALLcomedy.