The History of Comedy

The Art of Laughter

“The History of Comedy” is an all new original series from CNN and Herzog. CNN approached us to create the 360 marketing campaign behind the series. This involved ideation through execution, from on-air, out of home and digital.

Approaching a subject as broad as Comedy was an intimidating and thrilling task. We knew we had to create something special that paid tribute to the comedians and their material. Our first task was to find our way in. We came up with several different approaches but kept coming back to one. Through careful consideration and collaboration the concept; The Art of Laughter was born.

We aimed to showcase comedy as it is; a fine art. The Art of Laughter set out to bring the worlds of comedy and fine art to co-exisit under one roof. It was a very ambitious creative to tackle but CNN was all in. Together we created a living and breathing comedy museum.

Building the Exhibition


New Years Teaser Launch

The campaign launched with two :15 teasers that aired during the new years eve celebration on CNN. The first teaser featured the unveiling of the newest addition to the exhibit.

 Tease – The Farley

The second teaser showcased one of the interactive instillations. The iconic inflatable pilot from the movie Airplane is featured from the Parody and Satire wing.

Tease – Airplane!

CNN Original Series

We we’re additionally tasked to create a custom CNN Original Series Open. This will play out at the top of each episode. We shot at the iconic Improv Comedy Club in West Hollywood. It was shot POV from a comedian walking the halls before they get ready to go on stage.

Inauguration Launch

Our hero launch spot aired during inauguration night on January 20th of 2017. The spot showed a wider breadth of content from the exhibition. Featuring photographs, original artworks, sculptures and instillations.


Let’s take a closer examination of the artwork featured in the exhibit. The Sam Kinison is an excellent example that merged the art and comedy words together. Who can forget Sam Kinison’s iconic scream? Drawing inspiration from Edward Much’s painting “The Scream” seemed like the perfect fit.

The Kinison


Robin Williams


George Lopez




Aziz Ansari


Print Campaign

The Comedy Exhibit also carried into our out of home marketing campaign. We took several of the featured pieces from the exhibit into the real world. One of our favorites covered the 14 story Andaz hotel on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles. “The Farley” featured a larger then life statue of Chris Farley. His pose drew inspiration from his famous chippendales sketch on SNL. The classical presentation and marbling payed homage to the iconic “David” by Michelangelo.

The Farley – Print


Gallery Wall

In addition to the larger one off print ads we created several posters and billboards that featured many different iconic faces from the gallery. We found this as an excellent method to showcasing comedy in it’s entirety, rather then focusing on one avenue.



Wild Postings

Additionally we created wild postings artwork. We paired faces featured in the series next to a signature prop that helped define their careers.


Thank You!