Comedy Hack Day brings together comedians and software developers in a weekend-long contest to build the most hilarious tech product imaginable. The CHD Finals, held Sept 12 at the NYU Skirball Center For The Performing Arts, is a showcase of the very best creations from that weekend—complete with celebrity judges. This year we are teaming up with NY Tech Meetup to put on our largest CHD finals yet.

What exactly are those creations? Well, here are some past CHD winners or runners up:  

  • Equitable: Splits the bill fairly. No really, fairly.
  • Well Deserved: A marketplace for excess privilege. 
  • Shit Talk: A social network for people presently on the toilet.
  • Timesify: A way to cloak the garbage you read online in the appearance of the New York Times.
  • High Fyves: Lyft for high fives. 

So come see the show and we promise you'll only regret one, single second of it—and that one second will just be a particularly painful sneeze. 

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What is comedy hack day?

It's comedians and developers coming together for two days of building digital lunacy. At the end of the second day every team showcases their coded comedic creation, and seven of them move on to the finals. For the finals, we bring in celebrity judges and fancier lighting, and turn it all into a staged show of choreographed product demos and off-the-cuff judge's Q&A. 

To summarize more succinctly: It's comedy and technology smashed together and the rubble is fun to play around in. For more information visit the section of our site dedicated to this topic.



Roy Wood Jr.

Currently a correspondent on ‘The Daily Show w/ Trevor Noah’, Roy has been described by the Hollywood Reporter as “A Standout”, and Entertainment Weekly called his brand of thought provoking comedy as “charismatic crankiness”. In 2016 ‘Variety’ magazine named him one of 10 Comics to watch. @roywoodjr


Aparna Nancherla has an intimidating name, but don’t be scared! She’s a joke entrepreneur who pedals in both writing and performance (AKA scribble-scrabble and jibber-jabber). In fact, she most recently wrote for and sometimes appeared on the late, great Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FX-then-FXX. @aparnapkin



Anil judged the first-ever Comedy Hack Day, and almost equally impressive: he is a co-founder or board member for a metric crap-ton of great companies. @AnilDash




Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston is a futurist comedian, writer, and cultural critic who helped re-launch The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, co-founded Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast, and wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be BlackBaratunde is a highly sought-after public speaker, television personality, and thought leader who has been part of noteworthy institutions such as Fast CompanyTED, the MIT Media LabThe Onion, and the gentrification of Brooklyn, New York.


Saturday, sept 10 - HACKATHON DAY ONE

  • Location: General Assembly - 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, NYC (map)
  • 11:00AM: Doors open
  • 12:00PM: Lunch
  • 1:00PM: Idea pitching & API demos
  • 2:00PM: Team formation
  • 2:30PM: Hacking begins
  • 6:30PM: Dinner
  • 9:00PM: GA CLOSES (No overnight this time, folks)

sunday, sept 11 - HACKATHON DAY TWO

  • Location: General Assembly - 902 Broadway, 4th Floor, NYC (map)
  • 9:00AM: GA doors open
  • 9:30AM: Coffee & breakfast
  • 12:30PM: Lunch
  • 4:00PM: Projects due
  • 5:45PM: Relocate to Civic Hall - 156 5th Ave, NYC (map)
  • 6:00PM: Dinner at Civic Hall
  • 6:45PM: Semi-final round of demos. Participants will decide which teams move on to the Sunday finals.
  • 9:45PM: Finalists announce.
  • 10:00PM: Beer, beer, beer.

monday, Sept 12 - THE SHOW

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