Yes And Laughter Lab

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Applications for the 2019 Yes And Laughter Lab convening are due Friday, April 5, 2019 at 11:59PM EST . Click on the application link below to apply. If you have questions about applying to YALL, please contact us at

Yes, And… Laughter Lab , a new initiative seeking to help build and support collaborations between comedy people and social justice people, invites you to apply to pitch your project at the inaugural convening in New York City on Tuesday, June 11, 2019. Yes, And…  Laughter Lab is a project of The Center for Media & Social Impact based at American University’s School of Communications and Moore+Associates, in partnership with Comedy Central. 

Yes, And…  Laughter Lab will select five original comedy projects from our pool of applicants that merge quality comedy with social impact. These five will present their original projects to a room of potential allies and partners -- such as grantmakers and investors, leading NGO’s/nonprofits, broadcasters, traditional and digital media platforms, and other select industry players -- who are particularly interested in supporting the development of projects like yours. The goal is to create a coalition around each comedy project to accelerate its impact and influence. 

Your project may be in any stage of development (a concept on paper, a fully written screenplay, a stage show you’d like to transfer to screen) and can draw from a wide range of comedy styles (satire, parody, sketch, stand-up, song) and platforms (web video, live performance, film and streaming, television, print). 

Yes, And… Laughter Lab is inspired by social impact comedy projects like Wong Street Journal, Kristina Wong’s one-woman performance art comedy; The Skinny, Jessie Kahnweiler’s web series about bulimia; Big Opinions With Grace Parra, a social commentary show for Latinx audiences; and Halal in the Family, a sitcom parody starring Aasif Mandvi and Sakina Jaffrey. It might have given an early boost to essential stand-up sets like 'Hard Knock Wife' (women's rights), 'Career Suicide' (addressing mental health), and 'Nanette' (LGBTQ rights). Short films, podcasts, even street theater are eligible for support through Yes, And…  Laughter Lab.

To apply, please submit your application no later than Friday, April 5th.


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of 48 US/DC, 18 and older. Begins 12:01 PM ET on 3/14/19; ends 11:59 PM ET on 4/5/19.  See Official Rules at for specific entry periods, complete entry details, judging criteria, and prize descriptions. Void where prohibited.

Yes And Laughter Lab