Laugh Out Loud's Women Write Now is a comedic writing fellowship designed to champion and elevate Black female comedy writers through mentorship, advocacy, production, and exhibition.

Developed in partnership with Sundance Institute, this immersive fellowship will support talented writers—selected by a panel of award-winning filmmakers, industry leaders, Laugh Out Loud executives, and partners from Sundance Institute—in developing short comedic scripts while being advised and mentored by some of the most influential Black women in comedy. The resulting scripts will be produced by LOL Studios, premiere at a special screening during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival, and be distributed across LOL Network.

At the end of the program, the selected fellows will also receive a one-year first look deal with Laugh Out Loud.

Included in the Fellowship

  • Participation in the Fellowship with individualized mentorship and creative and professional development opportunities
  • A stipend for the duration of the Fellowship which shall include:
  • US$5,000 upon acceptance into the Fellowship
  • US$5,000 upon delivery of final approved script
  • Writing and Creative Producing credit in the writer's respective short film
  • Virtual or in-person set visit and a four-night trip to the 2022 Sundance Film Festival including flight and accommodations
  • A first look deal with Laugh Out Loud

Presented By

Women Write Now is a talent development initiative from Laugh Out Loud developed in collaboration with Sundance Institute.

Laugh Out Loud is the comedy brand and multi-platform entertainment company founded by comedian, actor, and producer Kevin Hart. Dedicated to keeping the world laughing together, LOL delivers the best in comedic content and experiences across its multiple divisions—LOL Audio, LOL Network, LOL Studios, and LOLX. From stand-up legends to the next generation of comedic talent, LOL curates comedy's boldest voices.

As a champion and curator of independent stories for the stage and screen, Sundance Institute provides and preserves the space for artists in film, theatre, film composing, and digital media to create and thrive. Founded in 1981 by Robert Redford, the Institute's signature Labs, granting, and mentorship programs, dedicated to developing new work, take place throughout the year in the U.S. and internationally. The Sundance Film Festival and other public programs connect audiences and artists to ignite new ideas, discover original voices, and build a community dedicated to independent storytelling.

Supporting Partner

As part of a new partnership between Laugh Out Loud and NBCUniversal, the projects from all three fellows will stream on Peacock, and one fellow will receive a career-defining development deal.

Peacock is NBCUniversal's new streaming service. Peacock delivers a world-class slate of exclusive Originals, on-demand libraries of hit TV shows, plus critically acclaimed films from the vaults of Universal Pictures, Focus Features, DreamWorks Animation, Illumination and Hollywood's biggest studios. In addition, Peacock taps into NBCUniversal's unmatched ability to deliver a broad range of compelling topical content across news, sports, late-night, Spanish-language, and reality. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.