In 2019, Moore + Associates and the Center for Media and Social Impact at American University launched the Yes, And… Laughter Lab. This ongoing collaboration is building a pipeline for the best comedy projects that address and discuss pressing social issues, while creating a new cross-sector practice for comedians, social justice folks, philanthropy, and industry players to work together to engage the public in urgent social challenges. Since it was founded, comedians have presented dozens of comedy projects – including scripted series, stand-up specials, digital PSAs, and sketch – selected from 1000s of applications, each using humor to engage in social commentary and inspire social change. Laughter Lab comedians, who overwhelmingly come from communities often overlooked or typecast in Hollywood, have found representation, production partners, funders, and buyers for their projects.

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