All photos by Amir Hamza
Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) and Moore + Associates bring to you the "Yes, And...Laughter Lab"(YALL) #laughterlab.
Co-founders Caty Borum Chattoo and Mik Moore introduce YALL as an initiative that bridges the worlds of comedy, social justice and entertainment.
The gathering sure loves the idea of bringing together comedy people and social justice people.
Caty talks about the research behind the initiative as to why comedy works.
CMSI's Comedian-in-Residence and very funny person, Bethany Hall introduces the Writers' Room demo.
Talking about the #LaughterLab and Define American Writers' Room which gave the audience a sense of the narrative magic that can be created when comedy and social justice come together. L to R- Elizabeth Voorhees, Bethany Hall, @jordancarlosofficial, @joseiswriting and Rev. Ryan Eller.
A panel discussion on why we need comedy for social change with Amanda Nguyen (Founder of Rise), Erika Soto Lamb (VP of Social Impact Strategy @comedycentral), Kashif Shaikh (Co founder of @PillarsFund) and Zahra Noorbakhsh (Comedian and senior fellow at @PopCultureCollab) and moderated by Caty and Mik.
Our MC for the day, Zahra Noorbakhsh introduces the pitch winners.
First up, it is "Average Women with Average Rage" by Leah Bonnema, Negin Farsad and Ophira Eisenberg dismantling patriarchy with their spirited, frank and funny stand up show.
Brothers Gabe Gonzalez and Marcos Gonzalez regale us with "Los Blancos" a narrative comedy series about the Blancos, one of the richest Latino families exploring the world of politics.
Joey Clift shining a satirical light on some weird microaggressions people make towards Native Americans with "Going Native" a series of comedic animated PSAs.
Carla Lee and her team at Nice Tan popping the Bay Area community’s bubble of wokeness women of color and queer people of color-led sketch comedy series.
Mamoudou N'Diaye pitching "Franklin"; a scripted comedy that imagines what would happen when Franklin grows up, returns to his racially oblivious hometown and encounters the rest of the Peanuts gang.
Murf Meyer had us all rolling with laughter with his pitch on "Murf Meyer is Self Medicated"; a story-based stand-up tour and special by a recovering heroin addict and alcoholic from a down-and-out working class Pennsylvania county.
All hail the pitch winners of the inaugural Yes And Laughter Lab! We cannot wait to see all these ideas come to life and make the world a better (and funnier) place!
Taking a fancy bow- the leadership team behind bringing this convening to life: Mik Moore, Caty Borum Chattoo, Erika Soto Lamb, Bethany Hall, Varsha Ramani and Sarah Vitti.
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