Killing My Lobster instructors are not only teachers, but active artists crafting original comedy with KML on a regular basis. Read up on these trusted purveyors of sketch comedy artistry, see which classes they're teaching, and find the right course and teaching artist, for your needs. 

amanda rosenberg

Amanda is British. That is her thing. She's a writer who has spent most of her adult life in Marketing, but has recently taken the leap to be fully freelance. Amanda has been writing with KML for nearly a year, and has been lucky enough to write for some of her favorite KML shows - Rosemary's Lobster and Lobster Jones's Diary. Amanda has also been Head Writer for the infamous KML Sex Battle show. 

Amanda's upcoming classes:

Sketch Writing 2 Winter Session - SOLD OUT

Sketch Writing 1 Spring Session - SOLD OUT

Elaine Gavin

Elaine received her BFA in Drama from San Francisco State University. She fell in love with sketch comedy after taking the Killing My Lobster writing classes. She has been performing and writing with the company since 2013 and had the honor of teaching Writing 1 for KML for the last couple of years. She was the Head Writer for Sex Battle and Sisterhood of the Traveling Hat. Her favorite experiences have been performing in Killing My Lobster + 826= BFF’s and writing for KML Gets a Prenup, KML presents Gary and KMLZ’s Holiday show. She has recently co-written a One Act play called “Vegetable Crush” which was performed by a bunch of fabulous middle schoolers at Redwood Day School in Oakland.

Elaine's upcoming classes:

Sketch Writing 1 Winter Session - SOLD OUT

Sketch Writing 1 Spring Session - SOLD OUT

Sketch Writing 2 Fall Session

Kate elston

Kate is a writer and director with Killing My Lobster. She also performs on the comedy improv team Chinese Ballroom and heads up the comedy unit at Al Jazeera's AJ+. Funny songs are her jam. Kate has been the head writer for KML The Musical and Lobster Jones' Diary, amongst others.

Kate's upcoming classes:

Sketch Writing 1 Winter Session - SOLD OUT



max maliga

Max has been performing comedy for more than a decade in multiple cities around the US. His love of improv and sketch comedy blossomed at HUGE theater and The Brave New Workshop in Minneapolis, where he graduated from their improv and sketch programs. Max received his bachelor’s degree in film from Occidental College in Los Angeles and also has more than 10 years experience working in the film industry. Shortly after moving to Oakland in 2014, Max found his “comedy home” at KML.  He is thrilled to be working with such a talented group of artists to make the best sketch comedy in the Bay Area.

Max's upcoming classes:

Sketch Acting 2 Summer Session

Meghan Trowbridge

Meghan is a copywriter, playwright, and singer in the Bay Area. In addition to writing and directing for Killing My Lobster (and loving every minute of it), Meg is a member of Berkeley’s playwriting incubator Playground. Her improv team Chinese Ballroom has performed in San Francisco since 2009, with monthly shows at PianoFight and appearances at SF SketchFest. She received her BA in Creative Writing and a minor in music from the University of San Francisco. 

Meghan's upcoming classes:

Sketch Writing 1 Summer Session - SOLD OUT


Meghann Hayes


Meghann has been working with Killing My Lobster since 2012 as a writer, actor and teacher. She has been an improviser for 10 years, performing at Sacramento Comedy Festival  as well as San Francisco's Sketchfest. When she's not making people piss themselves with laughter, she works with extraordinary students with disabilities. She leads a semi-charmed kind of life and teaching comedy is the perfect marriage of both her passions.

Meghann's upcoming classes:

Sketch Acting 1 Spring Session - SOLD OUT

Sketch Acting 1 Fall Session

Mike Ottum

Mike has has been writing for KML since June 2014, and has been head writer for several shows. Seeing actors perform his work and hearing it make the audience laugh for the first time had a profound impact on Mike, so much so that he quit his job in tech in order to pursue comedy full time. He will be forever grateful to Killing My Lobster for giving him that feeling, and it is his goal as a teacher to help other writers experience it.

Mike's upcoming classes: 

Sketch Writing 1 Summer Session - SOLD OUT

Sketch Writing 1 Fall Session

Sean Owens

Dubbed "SF's Best Comic Playwright" by the SF Weekly, Sean has been writing and performing for 30 years, both in the Bay Area and abroad. Sean joined KML in January of 2015, and has written for nine shows (thus far), including both “Sex Battles,” the hyper-physical “Body Talk” and the unprecedented “KML: The Musical!” Among his other credits are: two solo shows, "Girlesque" and "Naught But Pirates," a set of Bay Area Theatre Critics' Circle Awards, the ten-minute film “Climax” (watch it on his website:, and the ongoing web series, "FLOATERS."

Sean's upcoming classes:

Sketch Writing 1 Spring Session - Mondays - SOLD OUT

Sketch Writing 1 Fall Session


Siobhan Doherty

Siobhan is an actor, director, teaching artist, and NYU Tisch graduate. She has greatly enjoyed performing sketch comedy with Killing My Lobster since 2014, and also having the pleasure of directing KML + 826 = BFF’s.  Her theatre teaching jobs include directing Shakespeare at The Nueva School, using drama to teach literary concepts with Word for Word, as well as mentoring & performing with the Each One Reach One playwriting program, which gives a voice to incarcerated teens. 

Siobhan's upcoming classes:

Sketch Acting 1 Winter Session - SOLD OUT