In conjunction with the 26th Annual Comedy Festival, The Onion announces Rise Up: Comedy for Change from June 2-4. With support from The Open Society Foundations, the day-and-a-half event will bring together experts, change-makers, creatives, and comedians to explore the role comedy can play in creating social and political change in an increasingly polarized world.  An opening reception will be held Friday, June 2; panels, performances, and debates will be held during the day on Saturday, June 3 and the morning of Sunday, June 4.

As part of the event, Caty Borum Chattoo, director of the Center for Media & Social Impact at American University (CMSI), will facilitate workshops for several satirists and comedians from the US and Latin America to create new comedy projects through media that will later be published on a Univision or Fusion Media Group platform later in the year. CMSI's new project, The Laughter Effect, provides insights about how comedy works to create social change.

Space at ‘Rise Up: Comedy for Change’ is limited and invitation only. For more information or to request an invitation, email