Yes And... Laughter Lab

There are presently no open calls for applications.

The application for the 2023 Yes, And… Laughter Lab Fellowship is closed.

Applicants will be informed the week of April 24, 2023. To get in touch, please contact us at

About the 2023 Yes, And... Laughter Lab

The Yes, And Laughter Lab (YALL) is a pipeline for the best comedy projects that address pressing social issues. YALL invites all comedy creators to apply for a chance to receive training, a small creative stipend, introduction to a network of like-minded comedy folks, and a chance to pitch their project to a room full of potential allies and partners. 

YALL will select a limited number of applicants with original comedy projects as our 2023 YALL Fellows. Those selected as Fellows will present their original projects in person, either in New York City or Los Angeles (September 2023), to a curated room of traditional and digital media platforms, grantmakers and investors, leading NGOs/nonprofits, production companies, and other select industry leaders. We aim to build support around each comedy project to accelerate its impact and influence.

YALL also provides year-round pitch training and other professional development opportunities for Fellows to take their project to the next level. Fellows will attend an intensive in-person training the weekend of May 20-21, 2023. All applicants are asked to hold those dates on their calendar in case they are selected as a Fellow. 

The 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 3Arts Entertainment, A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment, Above Average, Artists First, BoomGen Studios, CAA Foundation, CAPE, Caring Across Generations, ViacomCBS, Color Creative, Color of Change, Comedy Central, Define American, GLAAD, GloNation, Harness, Haven Entertainment, Imagine Artist Management, Irony Point, Key Rat Inc., MGM, MPAC Hollywood Bureau, MuslimArc, National Lampoon, NBCUniversal, NBCU Launch, Netflix, The Opportunity Agenda, Pillars Fund, Powderkeg Media, RespectAbility, Spotify, Starfish Accelerator, Topple Productions, TBS, truTV, Wise Entertainment and WV Entertainment.

Thinking of applying?

You can also view a recording of our applicant webinars on our YouTube channel. In the webinars, our team and former program participants answer questions from interested applicants and explain more about the application and selection processes and what to expect along the way.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. We have made some updates to the official rules document in 2023. See the updated Official Rules here for specific entry periods, complete entry details, judging criteria, and prize descriptions. Void where prohibited.

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Yes And... Laughter Lab