the writing fellowship

Jeunée Simon as Marilyn Monroe in 2015's Lobster Jones' Diary

Jeunée Simon as Marilyn Monroe in 2015's Lobster Jones' Diary

The submission window is now open and will close Saturday, October 1st, 2016 at 12pm. 

Recipient’s of the Diversity in Comedy Fellowship will receive the following:

  • A complete course of Sketch Writing 1 (7 Weeks)

  • A complete course of Sketch Writing 2 (7 Weeks)

  • Placement on a show writing team in 2017

Both classes include individual feedback from experienced KML writers/teachers, and culminate in class readings open to invited guests. Writing 2 includes workshopping sketches on their feet with KML actors.

The recipient will then be placed on a show writing team in 2017 (show to be determined by Artistic & Executive Directors) and have the full KML show writing experience, including collaborating with actors and other writers, writing to the theme of a show, executing necessary rewrites, a ticket to see the show live, as well as payment for their writing.

Classes and writers’ meetings will take place at KML headquarters at 2101 Folsom St in San Francisco.

Applicant Guidelines:

KML’s Diversity in Comedy Writing Fellowship is open to writers of color in the Bay Area 21 years or older, interested in sketch comedy writing. Though Killing My Lobster is located in San Francisco, applicants need not live in the city, but must be able to provide their own transportation to our writing and rehearsal space at 2101 Folsom St in San Francisco -- a 7 minute walk from the 16th St. BART station.

Interested Applicants Should Submit:

Michael Phillis, Dan Kurtz, Ron Chapman, & Griffin Taylor in a writers meeting for 2016's Sex Battle

Michael Phillis, Dan Kurtz, Ron Chapman, & Griffin Taylor in a writers meeting for 2016's Sex Battle

  • Cover letter stating why you would like this fellowship, and what you hope to get from it. Please include your full name, email address, and phone number.

  • A writing and/or comedy resume (Applicants who do not have fancy, lengthy, impressive resumes will still be considered. We’re interested in what you can do, more than what you have done. Just send what you have.)

  • A comedic writing sample. It can be as simple as a page of jokes. It can be a sketch. It can be a short play. Whatever it is, it should be no more than 3 pages, and should be sent as a PDF.

  • The entire packet should be sent with the subject line “Writing Fellowship, Your Name” to submissions@killingmylobster.com 

  • Applicants must be available for a 2017 session of Sketch Writing 1. See schedule here.

  • Applicants must be available for a 2017 session of Sketch Writing 2. See schedule here.