sketch comedy writing 1

Writer/instructors Molly Sanchez & Mike Ottum.

Writer/instructors Molly Sanchez & Mike Ottum.

I like that it was mostly focused on actually writing and getting feedback vs. a lot of lecture during class time.
— Molly S. - Writing 1 Student

All KML classes are structured to mirror our original process for creating live, fast, smart, fearless sketch comedy and will prepare you to think creatively, in a unique environment.

In Sketch Writing 1, you'll learn the fundamentals of writing sketch comedy and techniques for developing your comedic voice. Experienced KML writer's will instruct you, give detailed feedback, and individually tailor assignments to improve your writing. We foster an environment where all ideas and perspectives are welcome. Expect a supportive, encouraging, and hilarious atmosphere. 

At the end of the 7-week writing course, KML actors will perform a staged reading of students' sketches. In addition, students will receive a discount code for a $5 ticket to the current KML show.

Whether you're looking to work in sketch comedy professionally or just want to expand your writing skills, we're here to help you make that happen. 



  • Students should expect to spend 3-4 hours per week writing outside of class.

  • Sketch Writing 1 is regularly divided up into two small groups to ensure that everyone's sketches are read and individual feedback is given.

  • Attendance is a big part of our collaborative environment. Everyone's ideas matter and participation is the key to success. Please make sure that your schedule allows for in-class time and outside writing time.

  • KML cannot issue refunds for classes, but we do allow you to transfer course credit.

  • If you need to transfer course credit to another class, KML can apply your credit to another class within 6 months of the dropped class. In order for course credit to be reapplied you must notify KML at least 7 days prior to the first day of the class for which you originally signed up.

  • Transferring class credit will not be honored after the class has already started.


  • If a student misses two or more classes, they are automatically dropped from that session. The student is welcome to enroll in future classes, but their enrollment in the previous session will not rollover into the next session and the student will be expected to pay for the new session in full.


  • All students are expected to attend the final class read.

I enjoyed the individual feedback I received from the instructors on each sketch and strengthening my writing skill in general. It was fun to do table reads during class and to be able to hear a variety of writing styles and feedback.
— Vivian H. - Writing 1 Student
A writers meeting for Puppetry of the Lobster.

A writers meeting for Puppetry of the Lobster.

 * Killing My Lobster reserves the right to refuse admission to any class at our discretion.


*Note that classes tend to fill up quickly, as we keep the class size manageable to be sure each student has a full experience. AKA: don't wait!

FALL session - SUNDAYS

When: Sundays, 11am-2pm, August 25th - September 29th, 2019 *Final showcase 10/1, but subject to change

Where: Killing My Lobster HQ, 2101 Folsom St (Cross street is 17th St) San Francisco, CA 94110

Cost: $399


When: Tuesdays, 7pm-10pm, September 24th - October 29th, 2019 *Final showcase 11/5, but subject to change

Where: Killing My Lobster HQ, 2101 Folsom St (Cross street is 17th St) San Francisco, CA 94110

Cost: $399