Laugh or Die Comedy Fest




April 16th, 2021

April 30th, 2021



Check out the awesome 2020 Film Selections here soon!


A washed-up, overly offensive stand-up comedian falls in love with a punk rock singer - then succumbs to loneliness and self-destruction.


A time traveler tries to save the future. It doesn't go well.


Frank Tsigas is a middle-aged family man and struggling novelist who can only see his life's shortcomings. On their 21st anniversary, his soft-spoken wife Laura surprises him with an offer: if he can lose 50 pounds in three months, she will give him a "unique" sexual adventure. As he struggles to lose the weight, Frank learns that the paths chosen in life's journey are more important than its final destination.


An inquisitive retiree surprises her new neighbors to say hello; what she wasn't expecting is that they would all be naked. A short film about over-stepping the line and how we find common ground.


When Terry is fired and dumped on the same day, his friends Bruce and Laura get him to start a detective agency that mixes the class of classic film mysteries and the drunk, stoned devil may care attitudes of late-Millennials who will never be employed again.

The Hit

When a hardened hit woman falls for her suicidal mark, she learns that having it all may come with collateral damage.

Avocado Toast

Avocado Toast is a story about Adam, a hard-working, plays by the rules, family-man, who risks everything he has by experimenting with "millenialism."


All first days are shit. We follow Wendy's inaugural shift at Tartarus, a down-on-its-luck New York City dungeon. Teeming with strange characters and stranger new experiences, our fledgling Dominatrix discovers a surprising yet rewarding hidden talent.

Written by a former Dominatrix, "Wendy/Gigi" shines new light on the sex industry with its tongue in its cheek, a twinkle in its eye, and a handprint on its ass.


Rex wakes up to find the woman he spent the night with dead from an overdose of cocaine on his coffee table. He calls his good friend Billy to help him figure out what to do. Billy finds out this isn’t just some ordinary girl. She is the girlfriend of a crazy local gangster, who is constantly calling her phone looking for her. As he tries to help Rex dispose of the body, there’s a knock at the door. Comedy ensues as these two idiots try to talk and scheme their way out of this horrendous situation.

Addicted to Porn

Tom Duplass decides to see a Psychologist in regards to his ongoing pornography.


Camping is Cheaper is a dark comedy short film that follows Leo, a bitter young man, who failed numerous times to break up with his infuriating boyfriend, so he lures him to a campsite to finally end it... the bloody way.


When an old school bloke goes to his first ever yoga class the results are anything but enlightening.



At an annual brunch, five wealthy benefactors suddenly find themselves covered in blood when their sushi model takes a chopstick to the jugular. Now two detectives, one a seasoned pro and the other a Patrick Swayze superfan, must cut through this motley gang’s self-centered attempts to manipulate the truth, and get to the bottom of this utterly first world crime. In this absurd dark comedy, Detectives Parker and Parker (no relation) try to answer the questions everyone is asking: Who killed the victim? Why are none of the suspects nervous? And why do they eat sushi like that?


The Session

Carl and Bonnie get more than they bargained for in their couples' counseling session with kooky counselor Dr. Dwight.



Jade considers FREYA (her Federally Regulated Enquiry and Yield Assistant) a friend. But when a one-night stand doesn’t go as planned, Jade is forced to question FREYA and the system she represents. Set in the not-too-distant future, FREYA ​will make you second guess your relationship with technology, social media, and The State.



When Mike "Army" Armstrong, a down-and-out NHL tough guy, is suspended from the league, he uses his time off to embark on a testosterone-fueled, skirt-chasing struggle against old foes to win back his ex-girlfriend. Ultimately, however, he must overcome his greatest adversary - himself.



In October 1938, Burt Kempner’s parents set off on a bus headed for Niagara Falls for their honeymoon. It was the same night that Orson Welles made his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast, throwing America into a panic. It’s hard enough to embark on a new marriage – but when the world is ending, too? HEROES’ HONEYMOON is a love story and a comic fable!



A lonely single guy falls in love with a cam girl during quarantine. Is she too good to be true?


For the Hits

George Jordan is just a regular guy living his dream: beautiful girlfriend, loving family, decent job at a pizzeria. Unfortunately for him, he gets caught up in a doctored video that goes viral and makes him look horrible to the entire world. Most of his friends and family abandon him. His girlfriend breaks up with him. His boss fires him. The local news and cable talk shows take advantage for the ratings. Can George prove that the video was fake and restore his reputation? Can he expose the people responsible?


The Plunge

After a night of passion Emily tells Jay that she’d like to use a strap-on. Scared of losing a girl he has a connection with, Jay reluctantly agrees.


Titus & Mirabella

A romantic comedy about the first date between two quirky people who have never had a romantic relationship before but who desperately want one. A movie about fear and love.


The Audition is a short comedic film that explores a day in the life of actors and casting directors by taking a look at the competition, preparation and zaniness they endure while trying to make it in NYC.


Paul tries to get back with his ex-girlfriend while battling his obsession with baseball.

The Day of the Coyote

A coldly efficient hitman, with a politician in his sights, finds that ACME aren’t the best company to supply sniper’s rifles.

Brass Ring

A fanatic finally meets his favorite over-the-hill wrestler at a mediocre comic book convention and attempts to make him relevant again.

Sweaty Palms

Found on an old VHS tape, Jean-Paul Montoulieu and friends spend each segment pushing absurdity to the point of Sweaty Palms.

Something's Wrong With Dad

After obtaining a printing press, the father of a relatively normal family slowly lets the new activity consume him. His three children must figure out a way to save their father from his own printing press-induced insanity.



A hit man and his potential protege are tasked with burying a body in the countryside but the seemingly simple job takes an unexpected turn.


bixwad at the Diner

Lionel Bixwad gets his money's worth at a local diner.



Crack is a black comedy short film about Douglas Hayes, a stoner who works for his father at their family-owned funeral home. When Doug mixes drugs with his work, he finds himself in a precarious situation after his stash finds its way into one of the bodies. Doug goes to extreme lengths in order to retrieve his stash, and thus, hilarity ensues.



A short comedy following two friends who struggle to get back to the suburbs after a night out in Birmingham.



A story about a dog, his human and that jerk next door.

Border Brothers

Brian, owner of a local pool cleaning company, finds himself rapidly losing clients when a new company (Hombre Pool Cleaning) comes to town.

Finding himself in a financial and personal crisis, he turns to his mafia cousin with the hopes of earning money, winning back his girlfriend and turning his life around.

His first assignment seems fairly simple; smuggle marijuana across the Mexican border, but he quickly finds himself with two illegal immigrants and no weed! Despite the language barrier, the three men try to work together to get the weed back. Hijinks ensue. Think “The Hangover” meets “Pineapple Express.”

Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory...

Meanwhile, at the Abandoned Factory... celebrates the heyday of cliff-hanger TV serials. Can our intrepid reporter find her way out of this classic dilemma?


How Does That make You Feel?

When life gets too much, we all need someone to talk to…


Try Again

Who's to say it won't be better this time? What could go wrong? The only way to find out is to...try again!


Living Next Door to Alex

Matthew Little, TV actor and national treasure, has his quiet life turned upside down when the over-enthusiastic and annoyingly helpful Alex moves in next door.


Liquor'd Up

During a PSA broadcast about alcoholism, the show's host is caught off-guard when the guest insists her cat has the drinking problem.


Loose narrative

After his subject tosses him to the side, a disembodied narrator searches to find a new person to narrate.

Look Up!

A misanthropic teenager manipulates those around him in search of attention and affection.


The Matour is home to two forces of nature -- the spunky, bubbly Pastel Girls and Scutly, a quirky senior citizen facing Alzheimer’s. When these personalities collide, The Pastel Girls and Scutly find common ground in unexpected places.


It was supposed to be another ordinary evening for the couple who just had a cute baby. Father just came home from work, mother got up to make dinner, but most importantly - don't wake up the baby who just fell asleep because things can go wrong beyond imagination.


Heidi (20s) ran away from her affluential family in Sweden, after catching her Dad in a Weinstein-level scandal and discovering that her mom knew about it all along. Heidi’s seemingly perfect world has been turned upside down, and she leaves it all behind to create a new life and identity in America.

Upon realizing her new predicament, Heidi does the only thing she knows how in times of need... pay someone else to do it. She hires a live in “ladysitter,” to help her take care of herself during this transition into real adulthood. Her inheritance is running out, and she needs to get her life in order, fast. Marilyn (20s) answers an ad for a live in nanny position, assuming she’ll be helping with children. This is where our series begins.

Saving Robin Williams

If you discovered time travel into the past, but could only use it once, and only for 15 minutes...Who would you save, and why?

Livin' After Midnight

Some people just can't get anything right, even murder.

Autumn Never Dies

Danny is an ostrich living in Glasgow with his roommate, a monkey named Nelson. After a failed suicide attempt over the break up with his girlfriend, Danny seeks counseling to help him recover from his ordeal and get his life back on track. After meeting Lizzie during a pub quiz, friendship quickly turns into romance but when Danny’s former lover reaches out to him again, he finds his new relationship under threat. With his life at a crossroads, Danny reaches out to his psychiatrist for advice that would eventually help him decide whether to open past wounds or plan a new future with Lizzie.

Suicide Date

In the middle of a great first date with Andrea, Mark has to leave to help out a friend in trouble. Knowing there'll be no second date if he does, he makes an unexpected offer.

Cutie Pa(toot)ie

Abigail must overcome her anxiety and gas to get the number of her barista crush Ethan on his last day working at a coffee shop.


A doctor visits a girl; who has symptoms of being selfish and pampered. But is it the parent who is sick?

Beyond Saving

At the end of the world, two obnoxious reality stars search for necessities as airborne creatures hunt for the remaining humans.

Breaking Up With Facebook

Ben decides it's finally time to break up... with facebook.

2021 Screenplay Contest Finalists

Learn about our 2021 Laugh or Die Screenplay Finalists below soon and see who wins best screenplay at the festival!

2021 Screenplay Contest SEMI-Finalists

Learn about our 2021 Laugh or Die Screenplay Semi-Finalists below soon!

Checking in

By Agah Smith

In this sitcom, Josh is determined to win back his girlfriend after an unexpected break up. However, he finds that working in a busy airport with his friends can be both humorous and tragic.

Kurst and Blest

By David Gray

When an Angel and a Demon decide to open a restaurant, they did not expect that working with humans would be their biggest challenge.


Screenplay Contest First Prize

By Carl Clark

Two slackers contrive their own screenplay contest

Argie Berman

By Suzy Stein & Fernando Perez

An alcoholic comedian uses her coming out story in her stand up act.


By Caledonia Hanson

When a man finds himself trapped in his apartment after his unfortunate death, a new tenant gives him the opportunity to once and for all discover his afterlife's true purpose.

A Surprising Engagement

By Allan B. Hill

A hapless romantic hopes to propose to his long-term girlfriend at her family's summer reunion barbecue that turns out to be her quirky grandmother's funeral. But he soon discovers that is far from the most awkward part, especially when the reading of Gran's last will takes place.

Sex Objects

By Amy Manning

Jimmie Rex, 80s new wave icon, has just died in an autoerotic, selfie stick accident and ends up in Hell. His punishment? To sexually please a recently deceased, 40-something woman named Heather for all of eternity. However, Heather is not so easily satisfied.

Tourist Trap

By Gio Forlenza

A roadside, greasy spoon diner gives new meaning to the phrase "tourist trap" in this dark comedy horror short.


By Hakim Benshila

Depressed enough to consider suicide, but too afraid of pain to go through with it, Jolene tracks down a serial killer, with one idea in mind: subcontracting her death. Only issue: Jolene will have to cheer up a depressed serial killer.

Last Thursday

By Kevin Machate

When Dennis got up this morning, he wasn't expecting that his bank would be robbed by a bunch of witless goons, or that they would take him hostage, but hey - it's Thursday so it's almost the weekend, right?