Frequently Asked Questions

You don’t need to be a professional comedian to apply; the Laughter Lab is open to anyone. If you have a great idea and can convince us that, with some help, you can make it happen, your project may be selected. That said, in 2019 all of the Laughter Lab winners were working comedy writers and performers with years of experience honing their skills. Experience matters, friends!


The rules limit submissions to one per person. If you have more than one project that you think is a good fit, go with the one that you think is the funniest. Because at the end of the day, if it’s not really funny, it won’t be effective at achieving any meaningful social impact. 

If you aren’t sure that you can attend, apply and let us know which you may not be able to attend. If you are sure that you can’t attend, then perhaps hold off and apply next year instead. Both the training retreat and the pitch showcases are critical components of the Laughter Lab.

Unfortunately, we don’t have the resources to pay for more than two people to attend the pitch day, so if your project is a collaboration, we will need you to select two representatives to attend. But group projects are welcome to apply! You can make it clear in your application who are the additional members of your team even if only two of you can physically attend.

There are no guarantees. All we can do is put you in the best position possible to impress some of the people who can help your project succeed. After that, it’s up to you!

In light of COVID-19, Laughter Lab trainings and events 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 dates.