Project Standup

MPI's Project Standup identifies, funds, and mentors filmmakers — and comedians with a foot in the film world — who promote freedom through comedy. Whether they are crafting and performing stand-up routines, or creating video content or web series, funny people at all stages of their careers benefit from MPI grants, guidance, and entertainment industry expertise.

Project Standup participants receive support from MPI in many ways, including mentorship and financial support to further their skills and careers. Some Project Standup fellows use their grants to take improv classes or cover the costs of attending comedy festivals and conferences. Others write or produce humorous web series, viral videos, and other Internet content. MPI-supported comedians have won major comedy awards and their projects have reached wide audiences, screening at festivals and garnering millions of views online.

In addition to supporting individuals through this program, MPI also develops its own comedic content in-house.

“MPI helped me get in the door, and helped me navigate an industry that otherwise would've been intimidating.”

Rich Camp, MPI-supported comedian