climate comedy cohort

Building a New Network of Climate Comedians (when we need it most!)

Co-Produced by

Generation 180
The Climate Comedy Cohort is an unprecedented network of comedians who are coming together to learn, collaborate, and create hilarious new comedy informed by the hottest climate science.

Co-created and directed by the Center for Media & Social Impact’s GoodLaugh initiative and Generation180, the Climate Comedy Cohort brings together diverse comedians from around the country to flip the script on the way we think about climate change. The ultimate aim: to leverage humor as a strategy to change the climate narrative from doom and gloom to “we’ve got this!”—and shift how people see their role in clean energy.

How It Works

The Climate Comedy Cohort functions as a 9-month fellowship. A total of nine carefully and competitively selected comedians will learn from experts and collaborate to create funny content to grab people’s attention and bring clean energy solutions to life. The idea: They learn a ton, make hilarious content, and keep using it in their material–even after the cohort. Our approach focuses on investing in comedians as clean energy ambassadors who are agents of change committed to climate action that lasts beyond the program.

Meet the Cohorts

Why Comedy & Climate Change?

Research shows that the majority of Americans are concerned about climate change, but most know little about meaningful steps they can take. There’s a lot more people can do – actions beyond recycling or bringing their own bags to the grocery store.

People now have an unprecedented opportunity to make a huge impact on climate change in their own homes and communities. A new climate law (called the Inflation Reduction Act) represents the largest investment in clean energy in U.S. history. It includes huge financial incentives for Americans to switch to solar, heat pumps, electric stoves, and other types of clean energy. Individuals can also make a massive impact on climate change through policy advocacy. Comedians play an essential role in helping people understand this stuff.

Comedy is uniquely persuasive and attention-grabbing when it comes to serious issues like the climate crisis, but it’s largely been an untapped resource. Here’s the question: When we invite comedians to the crisis in a new way, what’s possible? We developed the Climate Comedy Cohort to find out.