The Lobster Theater Project, better known as Killing My Lobster (KML), provides artists with the opportunity to generate and produce performance art across a range of disciplines that provokes, amuses, educates, entertains, and inspires. KML is committed to producing high quality, relevant and smart comedy that draws upon San Francisco for inspiration and is a reflection of its non-traditional audience.
KML was founded in 1997 by a group of comedians with day jobs who were looking for a home to create insightful comedic work they simply were not seeing produced in San Francisco. Since KML’s first show in a 25-seat converted Mission District office space on Valentine’s Day 1997, the group has worked with over 400 Bay Area artists to create exciting original work for local audiences and national outlets. Today, KML is hailed by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the closest thing we have to Second City” and heralded as “an orgy of comic genius” by Comedy Central. KML has created original work for HBO, is a two-time winner of the “Best of the Fringe” Award at the SF Fringe Festival and was voted “Best Comedy Group” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The group founded and produced the long-running Hi/Lo Film Festival. KML has also created numerous award-winning short films, taking home the Golden Spire Prize at the SF International Film Festival.
Each KML sketch show is constructed around a theme, like travel (KML Takes A Cruise), food (KML Holds the Mayo), California (KML Hits Highway 101), espionage (KML Goes Undercover), the Apocalypse (KML Does Not Fear the End) and in their most recent show, KML
Takes it to the Streets, San Francisco street life and culture. KML Sketch Comedy shows incorporate live music, multimedia, and thematically coherent through-lines, with an emphasis on high production values. The collaborations result in a range of comedic styles that fuse raucous slapstick with sharp satire, wacky monologues with indulgent musical numbers and, once in a while, give rise to slide shows about cats and nuclear physics.
KML has also produced several full-length comedic plays to widespread acclaim. Most recently, Matt Pelfrey’s (MTV’s Skins) darkly comedic world premiere play Pure Shock Value. In 2006, their critically acclaimed world premiere production of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s Hunter
Gatherers played an extended three-month run at San Francisco’s Thick House Theater and went on to win both the Will Glickman Award for the best new play of the Bay Area (2006) and the Steinberg Award for the Best New Play produced outside of New York City.
In addition to their live shows, Killing My Lobster produces a steady stream of video shorts that have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Some great examples include Killing My Lobster also produces a steady stream of video shorts that have garnered hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. Some great examples include “Coffee Wars”, “Why is Everybody Here?”, “Intervention: Chewbacca”, and “Oakland!”
KML has been voted “Best Comedy Group” multiple times by the readers of the SF Weekly and the Bay Guardian. They’ve been featured on KQED’s Forum program, and have been a regular fixture at SF Sketchfest for many years.
In addition to performing and producing, KML teaches year-round Sketch Comedy Acting and Sketch Comedy Writing classes. To learn more and enroll in an upcoming class, visit www.killingmylobster.com/classes.