KML's Diversity in comedy fellowship programs

designed to address inequalities in the comedy community, our diversity in comedy fellowship programs grant opportunities to new writers and actors from marginalized communities. 

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once a fellowship recipient has gone through their 12-14 weeks of classes, they become part of our collaborative community by working on a professional kml show.

Program History

In 2015, KML’s Diversity in Comedy Fellowships were established to increase access for up and coming comedy writers from marginalized and underrepresented communities. Through these fellowships, we encourage writers to become head writers, actors to become directors, and both to become KML instructors, thus expanding visibility and support for those whose voices are often unheard in sketch comedy.

In the fall of 2016, the program grew to include not just writers, but performers as well. 

In the fall of 2017, the programs expanded further, to include trans-identifying and non-binary writers and performers.

To date, we have awarded 12 Diversity in Comedy Fellowships investing roughly $24,000 in this ongoing program, without additional outside support. 

If you would like to support the growth of these unique programs, you can do so here.

If you're looking to apply for the fellowship programs, you can learn more here.

2019 fellows

Writer Akaina Ghosh

Writer Akaina Ghosh

Akaina Ghosh is the recipient of the 2019 Kosik-Ramon Fellowship

Actor Joyce Domanico-Huh

Actor Joyce Domanico-Huh

Writer Nori Reed

Writer Nori Reed

Actor Imran G.

Actor Imran G.

Writer Sureni Weerasekera

Writer Sureni Weerasekera

Actor Ci’Era London

Actor Ci’Era London


2018 Fellows

Actor Keyaira Lock

Actor Keyaira Lock

Writer Nic Sommerfeld

Writer Nic Sommerfeld

Actor JennyAn Nelson

Actor JennyAn Nelson

Writer Dominique Gelin

Writer Dominique Gelin

Actor Marshall Scott

Actor Marshall Scott

Writer Henrietta Nofre

Writer Henrietta Nofre


2017 fellows

Writer Evan Burton

Writer Evan Burton

Actor Jenna Anast

Actor Jenna Anast

Writer Ginger Wu

Writer Ginger Wu

Actor Tirumari Jothi

Actor Tirumari Jothi


2016 fellows

Writer Molly Sanchez

Writer Molly Sanchez

Writer Ben Jaramillo

Writer Ben Jaramillo