Staff

Millie DeBenedet

Executive Director

Millie DeBenedet received her BFA in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School in Chicago, Illinois where she had the honor to perform with Chicago Playworks Theatre for Young Audiences. She has been performing and teaching with Killing My Lobster for the past 3 years. Her favorite KML performances have been KML Takes It To The Streets, KML Chops Down the Family Tree, and KML Conquers the Galaxy. Millie can also be spotted in few of KML’s digital shorts; Teenage Obsession and Why is Everybody Here? She developed a sketch comedy writing workshop for kids (ages 8-11) as a collaborative project between 826 Valencia & Killing My Lobster. Millie is also a film and voice-over actress in the Bay Area, her recent work includes Stride Gum, Google, Yahoo, Atlassian, Microsoft, Leapfrog, and Lowe’s. Other performance credits include Genittti’s Hole-In-The-Wall, Second City Detroit, and BATS Improv. 

Millie DeBenedet received her BFA in Acting from DePaul University’s Theatre School in Chicago, Illinois where she had the honor to perform with Chicago Playworks Theatre for Young Audiences. She has been performing and teaching with Killing My Lobster for the past 3 years. Her favorite KML performances have been KML Takes It To The StreetsKML Chops Down the Family Tree, and KML Conquers the Galaxy. Millie can also be spotted in few of KML’s digital shorts; Teenage Obsession and Why is Everybody Here? She developed a sketch comedy writing workshop for kids (ages 8-11) as a collaborative project between 826 Valencia & Killing My Lobster. Millie is also a film and voice-over actress in the Bay Area, her recent work includes Stride Gum, Google, Yahoo, Atlassian, Microsoft, Leapfrog, and Lowe’s. Other performance credits include Genittti’s Hole-In-The-Wall, Second City Detroit, and BATS Improv. 

Allison Page

Artistic Director

Allison Page is a writer/actor/comedian in San Francisco, by way of Minnesota. She first hooked up with the lobsters acting in 2010′s KML Preaches to the Choir and has been performing, writing, directing, and teaching at KML ever since. She focused on improv and stand up at the San Francisco Comedy College and endured workshops with Alan Arkin, and the Neo Futurists. Her writing has been featured in Women of Letters, Write Club SF, Shipwreck, The SF Olympians Festival, SF Theater Pub and DIVAfest. She was a staff blogger for the San Francisco Theater Pub where her column Everything Is Already Something was published every other week for 3 years. Her full length play HILARITY debuted at DIVAfest in 2015, and her newest full length play KILGALLEN/JONES will premiere at DIVAfest in 2017. You can also find her scattered across YouTube, especially in the web series Everybody’s A Comedian.

Allison Page is a writer/actor/comedian in San Francisco, by way of Minnesota. She first hooked up with the lobsters acting in 2010′s KML Preaches to the Choir and has been performing, writing, directing, and teaching at KML ever since. She focused on improv and stand up at the San Francisco Comedy College and endured workshops with Alan Arkin, and the Neo Futurists. Her writing has been featured in Women of Letters, Write Club SF, Shipwreck, The SF Olympians Festival, SF Theater Pub and DIVAfest. She was a staff blogger for the San Francisco Theater Pub where her column Everything Is Already Something was published every other week for 3 years. Her full length play HILARITY debuted at DIVAfest in 2015, and her newest full length play KILGALLEN/JONES will premiere at DIVAfest in 2017. You can also find her scattered across YouTube, especially in the web series Everybody’s A Comedian.

Mark Weddle

Production Manager

Mark Weddle is the production manager for Killing My Lobster and all-purpose tech around the Bay Area. With his Dramaturgy degree from CSU Monterey Bay and extensive technical background, Mark is happy to use his broad knowledge base to help craft the best sketch comedy in the Bay.   

Mark Weddle is the production manager for Killing My Lobster and all-purpose tech around the Bay Area. With his Dramaturgy degree from CSU Monterey Bay and extensive technical background, Mark is happy to use his broad knowledge base to help craft the best sketch comedy in the Bay. 

 


Board

Josh Orum

Board President

Josh Orum is an operating partner with over 15 years of marketing experience working with enterprise software and technology companies including Google, Cloudera, and Intel. He is experienced in all aspects of marketing as well as certain facets of software product design. At Spotlight, Josh is involved in portfolio companies’ marketing functions, where he has designed and helped implement sophisticated marketing campaigns encompassing thought leadership and lead generation programs. Additionally, Josh works with portfolio companies’ product managers to ensure alignment of marketing strategies and product roadmaps and with engineering teams to optimize user experience. Prior to joining Spotlight, Josh led Loud Dog, a San Francisco-based branding agency focused on helping organizations develop compelling brands that forge emotional connections with their customers. At Loud Dog, he led client engagements focused on brand definition, market strategies, digital marketing, UI/UX, SEO and SEM strategies, lead generation, and product launches. Josh graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he earned a BA degree in Government and History.

Josh Orum is an operating partner with over 15 years of marketing experience working with enterprise software and technology companies including Google, Cloudera, and Intel. He is experienced in all aspects of marketing as well as certain facets of software product design. At Spotlight, Josh is involved in portfolio companies’ marketing functions, where he has designed and helped implement sophisticated marketing campaigns encompassing thought leadership and lead generation programs. Additionally, Josh works with portfolio companies’ product managers to ensure alignment of marketing strategies and product roadmaps and with engineering teams to optimize user experience. Prior to joining Spotlight, Josh led Loud Dog, a San Francisco-based branding agency focused on helping organizations develop compelling brands that forge emotional connections with their customers. At Loud Dog, he led client engagements focused on brand definition, market strategies, digital marketing, UI/UX, SEO and SEM strategies, lead generation, and product launches. Josh graduated from Claremont McKenna College, where he earned a BA degree in Government and History.

Paul Charney

Vice President

Paul Charney is the CEO and Founder of Funworks. He was a Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for seven years, having already worked at another SF advertising agency called Black Rocket. And before all that -  Paul founded a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco called Killing My Lobster. What’s with the name? Paul believes it’s easier to remember something funny than not funny. It’s also more fun. Paul lives in the Mission district in San Francisco with his wife, Amanda, who is his most important creative director, and their son Max. 

Paul Charney is the CEO and Founder of Funworks. He was a Creative Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for seven years, having already worked at another SF advertising agency called Black Rocket. And before all that -  Paul founded a sketch comedy troupe in San Francisco called Killing My Lobster. What’s with the name? Paul believes it’s easier to remember something funny than not funny. It’s also more fun. Paul lives in the Mission district in San Francisco with his wife, Amanda, who is his most important creative director, and their son Max. 

Angeles Gottheil

Secretary

Angeles Gottheil is a financial professional, splitting her time as an investment advisor and advocating for housing access. She moved to the Bay after attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., originally by way of Buenos Aires. Her immigration was legal, but she believes that, above all, comedy rules.

Angeles Gottheil is a financial professional, splitting her time as an investment advisor and advocating for housing access. She moved to the Bay after attending Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., originally by way of Buenos Aires. Her immigration was legal, but she believes that, above all, comedy rules.


Joe DiGiacomo

Treasurer

Chris Quintos

Chris Quintos writes, acts, and podcasts. Her toddler would tell you that she is great at making funny sounds.  Chris is a San Francisco Bay Area native who loves comedy.  (650: What, what?!?)  —Which is why she is f*cking pumped to be KML’s newest board member.  That and, once in the mid-oughts, she had the good fortune of sharing a stage alongside Millie DeBenedet and Allison Page for a KML show.  It was then that Chris learned that (aside from being absurdly talented) those two know how to have a goddamn good time.

Chris Quintos writes, acts, and podcasts. Her toddler would tell you that she is great at making funny sounds.  Chris is a San Francisco Bay Area native who loves comedy.  (650: What, what?!?)  —Which is why she is f*cking pumped to be KML’s newest board member.  That and, once in the mid-oughts, she had the good fortune of sharing a stage alongside Millie DeBenedet and Allison Page for a KML show.  It was then that Chris learned that (aside from being absurdly talented) those two know how to have a goddamn good time.

 

Advisory Board

Irene Liu

Irene hails from the Windy City of Chicago.  She moved to the Bay Area to get her law degree at UC Berkeley and made SF her permanent home so she can trade her 700-fill North Face jackets for hoodies and T-shirts.  She is a tech lawyer by day, but you’ll often find her jogging, eating, or heartily laughing with friends and family and at KML shows. 

Irene hails from the Windy City of Chicago.  She moved to the Bay Area to get her law degree at UC Berkeley and made SF her permanent home so she can trade her 700-fill North Face jackets for hoodies and T-shirts.  She is a tech lawyer by day, but you’ll often find her jogging, eating, or heartily laughing with friends and family and at KML shows. 

Elaine Guarnieri-Nunn

Elaine is the Regional Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international education nonprofit.  Elaine taught for more than 12 years in New York City and Los Angeles  and none of her students found her funny, at least not in the way she expected. She also served as the Executive Director of the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program. Originally from Long Island, New York, Elaine grew up 11 miles away from Jerry Seinfeld and both moved to Los Angeles at pivotal points in their careers. Jerry went on to make a career about nothing while Elaine uncovered the  reasons why man keeps repeating history. She relocated to the Bay Area seven years ago and lives in the East Bay with her husband and three teenage children, who groan at all of her jokes. 

Elaine is the Regional Executive Director of Facing History and Ourselves, an international education nonprofit.  Elaine taught for more than 12 years in New York City and Los Angeles  and none of her students found her funny, at least not in the way she expected. She also served as the Executive Director of the EnCorps STEM Teachers Program.

Originally from Long Island, New York, Elaine grew up 11 miles away from Jerry Seinfeld and both moved to Los Angeles at pivotal points in their careers. Jerry went on to make a career about nothing while Elaine uncovered the 

reasons why man keeps repeating history. She relocated to the Bay Area seven years ago and lives in the East Bay with her husband and three teenage children, who groan at all of her jokes.