Applications for the 2022 Yes, And… Laughter Lab convenings are closed.

Finalists will be informed the week of April 4, 2022. The final Winners will be announced the week of June 1, 2022. To get in touch, please contact us at [email protected].

About the 2022 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 Laughter 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 or Los Angeles (September 2022), 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. The Laughter Lab plans to hold the training in person the weekend of May 20-22, 2022. In light of COVID-19, the Laughter Lab may decide to hold the training online through a series of webinars, workshops, and videos. All Finalists will be updated when a final decision is made closer to the event date.

We have made some updates to the official rules document and increased the amount of travel support available. See the updated Official Rules here for specific entry periods, complete entry details, judging criteria, and prize descriptions. 

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 applicant webinars on our YouTube channel.

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