Holiday Food and Clothing Drive

During our weekend of shows at Winter Follies, we will be hosting a food drive benefitting the SF Food Bank and an accessories drive benefitting WFO

San Francisco Food Bank

San Francisco and Marin Food Banks
Our goal is to donate $100 and 120 lbs of food (1 barrel) of food goods to their organization by the end of our weekend of shows!
And for every $1 you donate, the Food Bank can distribute $6 worth of food!
Most Needed Items:
Soup, Chili, Baked Beans • Canned Vegetables • Tuna, Canned Meat • Cereal • Peanut Butter • Granola Bar
Our goal is to fill 2 large moving boxes of items by the end of our weekend of shows to donate to WFO in order to help low-income individuals shine at their interviews!

ALL the following new or gently used workplace appropriate items for men and women:

Belts • Briefcases • Cuff Links • Earrings • Handbags • Necklaces • Pins • Portfolio Pads • Scarves • Shoes • Tie Clips • Ties • Umbrellas • Watches • Work boots

*Accessories must be received in a ready to wear, clean and undamaged (in like-new condition).

A Family Portrait: KML & 826 Valencia at it again

563107_720686851293807_671450065_nBefore you spend time with your family this holiday season, spend time with ours. Join us for an afternoon of hilarious sketches written by the young writers of 826 Valencia. Come experience family through the eyes of some pretty talented kids.

All sketches were written by students that participated in the “Finding Your Funny Bone” Workshop held at 826 Valencia in partnership with Killing My Lobster.



Performed By: Molly Benson, Erin Carter, Rosie Hallett, Griffin Taylor, Brady Morales-Woolery & Jon Wolanske.

WHEN: Saturday Nov. 23 3-4p

WHERE: 826 Valencia St. San Francisco, CA

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Host Jon Wolanske doing his best Trebek!

It was a great night of trivia, drinks & food in a jam-packed Skylark bar! Thank you for making it a great night!

Killing My Lobster ‘Pops The Question’ Trivia Night!

Join us for — A private FUN-raising night of trivia madness and revelry to raise FUNDS for our upcoming sketch show KML Winter Follies!

Bring your friends, your noggins, and a little cash to one of our favorite watering holes, and enjoy an evening of food, drinks, and some brain-twisting competition, hosted by Jon Wolanske. Awesome prizes include free show tickets, gift certificates, and wine.


Lobster’s Allison Page and Millie DeBenedet make a human totem pole at PTQ!

Date: 8PM Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Location: The Skylark Bar (3089 16th St. @ Valencia Street)
Trivia Host: Jon Wolanske
Who Else: The KML Winter Follies writing team and cast of actors will be there !
Why: An end-of-the-year community night of trivia (and raising $$ for KML’s next sketch show) !


  • A regular ticket costs $50 and reserves a table for a team of 4 people.
  • As this is a group event, please bring 3 friends with you so you have a full team !
  • $50 admission price does not include food or drinks.**

**(Skylark is generously DONATING their space for this event, so tip your bartenders, people !)

Post-Show Conversations for ‘The Shakespeare Bug’!

Join us for Post-Show Conversations after two Thursday performances of The Shakespeare Bug.

Thursday, September 26th
Topic – New Works
Conversation Guests – Jim Kleinmann, Stuart Bousel, Ken Slattery

Get your tickets to this Thursday performance with SPECIAL post-show conversation!

jim-kleinmannJim Kleinmann co-founded PlayGround in 1994 and has served as Artistic Director since 1996. For PlayGround, he has provided artistic and administrative leadership for the past twenty seasons, developing PlayGround’s unique array of new playwright and new play incubator programs, including Monday Night PlayGround, the Best of PlayGround Festival, the full-length play Commissioning Initiative, the New Play Production Fund, and most recently the PlayGround Film Festival. He is a veteran arts administrator with more than twenty years of experience, including stints leading Traveling Jewish Theatre, Smuin Ballet and Berkeley Symphony, and received his MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

stuartbouselStuart Bousel has been making theater in the Bay Area for 11 years now, sometimes as the artistic director of No Nude Men Productions, sometimes as a founding artistic director of the San Francisco Theater Pub, sometimes as the executive producer of the San Francisco Olympians Festival. He is a prolific writer and director, and he’s worked with a number of companies around the Bay including Theater In The Woods, Custom Made Theater Company, Wily West, Performers Under Stress and the SF Fringe Festival. He was recently named “Best Ringmaster of the Bay Area Theater Scene” by the SF Weekly and his many current projects including adapting the memoirs of punk rock icon Kristin Hersh into a stage play slated to open at Diva Fest 2014.

kenslatteryKen Slattery (Author, The Shakespeare Bug) has been writing plays since he was 16. He can’t explain why; he just likes writing them. He self-produced his plays in Ireland and the U.S., until Shotgun Players produced Truffaldino Says No in 2012. Ken has been writing sketches for Killing My Lobster since 2007, and short plays for PlayGround since 2003, so he’s very happy (and grateful) his two artistic homes have got together to produce The Shakespeare Bug. Ken wrote this play because he wanted to learn more about Shakespeare; he definitely did.


MGrahamSmithM. Graham Smith (Director, The Shakespeare Bug) is the producer of Aurora Theatre’s Global Age Project. He has directed at HERE in New York City and many venues in SF including A.C.T.’s Masters program, Aurora Theatre, The EXIT Theatre, Asian American Theatre Company, PlayGround, Playwright’s Foundation, BRAVA, Berkeley Playhouse, Golden Thread, SF Opera, and New Conservatory. He directed the West Coast Premiere of JERRY SPRINGER: THE OPERA in San Francisco as well as TRUFFALDINO SAYS NO at Shotgun Players. He teaches acting in Barcelona, Spain, and at A.C.T. and Waterfront Studio in San Francisco. His next full production will be the World Premiere of SIDEWINDERS with Cutting Ball in October.


Thursday, September 19th
Topic – Shakespearean Adaptations
Conversation Guests – Brian Herndon, Joanie McBrien, Arwen Anderson
Get your tickets to this Thursday performance with SPECIAL post-show conversation!

brianherndonMost recently appearing in Cymbeline with the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Brian Herndon has performed as an actor all over the Bay Area. He has been a part of the musical Jane Austen’s Emma throughout its development, playing Mr. Elton in performances in Mountain View, Cincinnati, St. Louis, San Diego and New York. He has also appeared with Marin Theatre Company, Aurora Theatre, California Conservatory Theatre and TheatreWorks, among others. Herndon also teaches theatre at Solano College in Fairfield and Odyssey Middle School in San Mateo.  He also appeared in Truffaldino Says No written by Ken Slattery.

McBrien PhotoJoanie McBrien has been a Shotgun Players company member since 2001 and has served as Shotgun’s Director of Development since 2004. As a company member she has worked as a dramaturg and assistant director for The Skriker, Iphigenia in Aulis, There Will Be No Trojan War, A Fairy’s Tail, Oedipus Rex, The Miser. She has co-directed Troilus & Cressida and King Lear with Patrick Dooley. Directing credits include The Vampires, Cyrano de Bergerac and The Three Musketeers. Joanie has also worked for California Shakespeare Theater since 1993 as a dramaturg, teaching artist and lecturer. She has a Master’s Degree from The University of Warwick in English and European Renaissance Drama.

arwenandersonArwen Anderson is an Equity actress, singer/songwriter and aerial silk and trapeze artist living in San Francisco. She appeared in “The Verona Project” at Cal Shakes.  She teaches aerial arts at the San Francisco Circus Center.  Originally from the East Coast, Arwen moved west about 12 years ago to rid herself of her Type A personality. It sort of worked. When she was a little girl, her parents worked in a colonial restoration village in Staten Island, NY. She has degrees in Psychology and Theatre from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT.

Student Showcase 2013

A hilarious cast of Ben Euphrat, Rowan Brooks, Molly Benson, Millie DeBenedet, Matt Gunnison and Allison Page teamed up to give our former writing students the treat of seeing their sketches performed by real Lobsters!


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Lobsters Build Community in the Mission

Sitting across from the roasting chicken proved in the end to be too taunting…I eventually caved to a Roli Roti dinner before the afternoon was done.  Just across the way KML was posted all afternoon, hocking lobsters, roasting ourselves on the hottest day of the year and indulging the cheap aguafrescas that seemed to be the most necessary accessory of the day.


Last Thursday KML’s Admin team of Claire Slattery and Andrew Packard hit the streets, joining our office-mates at Mission Community Market to do a little selling of our own.   Hey, where else can you pick up locally grown, organic Lobster for prices as low as ours!!!!  All the kids loved our singing dancing crustacean and, while Mom and Pop relished a few minutes of peace we convinced a few of them to take classes and see a show.  If this beautiful Bay Area summer keeps up maybe we’ll be back again and if you haven’t been you need to check it out, the Strawberries were to die for!

The Mission Community Market happens every Thurday afternoon 4-8p at Bartlett and 22nd.  Check it out and who knows you may even go home with a Lobster.

826 Valencia Youth Workshops

On Saturday, March 23, Killing My Lobster performed sketches written by students in our recent comedy writing workshop where we partnered with 826 Valencia here in the Mission District. The workshop series was taught by Gina Bardi, Millie DeBenedet, and Meghann Hayes. The final performance was a huge hit! A mega huge hit! There were big laughs all around. It was a great end to the series of winter workshops that were held at 826 Valencia, and an even better way to usher in spring!

826 Valencia & KML FaceTheir Fears from Lucky Dragon Productions on Vimeo.


Current Lobsters and the Lobsters of the Future!

A KML “Quinceañera” Thank-You!

We’ve brought our dresses to the dry cleaners. We’ve put our fake moustaches away. We’re still glowing from our fundriaser. There were piñatas, salsa dancers, silent auction items, a photo booth, a DJ, and an MC. We even have the photos to prove it (coming soon!) Thank you so much for coming out to boogie down and support KML!

Here’s to another 15 years – and beyond! Check out what the place looked like night-of the event:

Guest MC, Marga Gomez killing it up on stage!

Ooooo la la!

The Photo booth was a huge hit at the event!

KML’s “Quinceañera” Cover Story in SF Chronicle 96 HOURS arts section!

Check out today’s edition of the SF Chronicle, because we’re the COVER STORY in the 96 Hours arts insert!

As they say in real estate, “location, location, location”. The same holds true for placement of an article when it’s on the COVER of the Chronicle’s 96 Hours! Many thanks to journalist Chad Jones for a great set of interviews and a great resulting article! Visit link below for full article or, better yet, grab a copy on your local newsstand!

Lobster Memory Lane – KML Plays with Beckett

From Ally Johnson in  KML Plays with Beckett:
“Hunger games + bad wigs = audience amusement”

From Jeff Moran in  KML Plays with Beckett:
“I got to see America’s premier theatre clown feel up a fellow Lobster’s chest-icles.
Imagine: a blind man reading a woman’s nipples like a braile copy of The Diary of Anne Frank. Best, gig, ever.”

From Danny Webber in KML Plays with Beckett:
“So in this picture I’m wearing a beautiful pink wig.”

Danny Webber continued: “I’m explaining the rules of the hunger endgames to my Beckett
delegates from the surrounding districts, who will have to fight to the death with props from Beckett plays. This performance was a highlight for me for 2 reasons:
1. I work at ACT in the Front of House. We don’t get to go onstage, or backstage. It’s a very special privilege to even walk on that stage in private, let alone in front of a few hundred people.
2. It’s the biggest stage I’ve had the chance to act on, and that brings its own excitement. I get nervous before every performance, and even within each performance there are sketches that make me more nervous, but this one I just really got to enjoy from beginning to end.”

NBC Bay Area – “Comedy: Killing My Lobster Throws Quinceanera”

Journalist, Corey Andrew, interviews Guest MC about her upcoming appearance (this Friday!) at the Killing My Lobster 15th Anniversary Quinceanera Prom fundraising event!


WIN A DATE WITH MILLIE to our 15th Anniversary “Quinceañera” Prom!

Place your bid below to win a date to the KML “Quinceañera” Prom with our own stunning KML Company member, Millie DeBenedet!

She’s funny, she’s beautiful, and she’ll charm the pants off you! (KML cannot guarantee full removal of said pants.)

Bidding closes on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00PM SHARP!
(The winning bidder will be notified on the payment process.)

Check out the video to see what you can expect from a date with the one and only, Millie!

KML Quinceañera Prom Makes Refinery29’s “20+ Cool Things To Do This September” List

KML’s 15th Anniversary event makes the hot list of top 20 things to do in San Francisco this month! See their post below – and be sure to buy your tickets to the September 14th event here.

Killing My Lobster’s Quinceañera Prom
When: September 14, 8 to 11:55 p.m.
What: There’s nothing sketchy about this comedy gang who deliver some of the best, wiggle-in-your-seat-uncomfortable moments during their crack-up live performances. We expect this “prom” fundraiser to benefit the troupe to be no different. So don your best cotton-candy-colored dress, rhinestones, and dark lip-liner, pull that hair up in some sweet tendrils, and go awkwardly stand up against the wall until someone asks you to dance.
Where: Verdi Club, 2424 Mariposa St (between Potrero Avenue and Hampshire Street), San Francisco; 415-861-9199.

¡Atención: Nuestro “Quinceañera” VIDEO!

KML brings you an info-tainment video to answer all of your Quinceañera queries!

¡Killing My Lobster’s 15th Anniversary “Quinceañera” Prom!

This is our annual fundraiser party, so come help Killing My Lobster celebrate their 15th anniversary and help KML keep its doors open and the comedy flowing!

We’ve brought the shows and videos for fifteen years! And here’s another –

Verdi Club
Friday, September 14th
8PM – Midnight

Verdi Club
2424 Mariposa Street
SF, CA 94110

Ticket Prices (sliding scale)
$35 Gracias!
$40 Muchos Gracias!
$45 Muchisimas Gracias!
Donate: $50+ as your 15th Anniversary Regalo!

What to expect at our Quinceañera Prom:

    • Enjoy Best of the Bay 2012 “Best Comedian” Marga Gomez live on stage!
    • Dance to a rockin DJ!
    • Get your photo taken in the Photo Booth!
    • Whack a Pinata!
    • Vote for your prom king and queen!
    • Prizes for best dressed!
    • and…Bid for items at our silent auction such as –

ACT Tickets and a night at the Four Seasons!
A Walk-on Role in KML Sketch Production!
A Delectable Culinary Class!
A Spot in our Fall Sketch Comedy Acting Class!

Help us to continue making comedy history Quinceanara-style, by joining us for a night of celebratory revelry!