The Lobster Theater Project, better known as Killing My Lobster (KML), provides artists with the opportunity to generate and produce performance art across a range of disciplines that provokes, amuses, educates, entertains, and inspires. KML is committed to producing high quality, relevant and smart comedy that draws upon San Francisco for inspiration and is a reflection of its non-traditional audience.
KML Brief History
KML was founded to give a group of comedians with day jobs a home for creating insightful comedic work they simply were not seeing produced in San Francisco. Since KML’s first show in a 25-seat converted office in the Mission on Valentine’s Day, 1997, the group has worked with over 400 Bay Area artists to create exciting original work for local audiences and national outlets. Today, KML is hailed by the Chronicle as "the closest thing we have to Second City" and heralded as "an orgy of comic genius" by Comedy Central. It has created original work for HBO, is a two-time winner of the "Best of the Fringe" Award at the SF Fringe Festival and was voted "Best Comedy Group" by the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The group has created numerous award-winning short films taking home the Golden Spire Prize at the SF International Film Festival.
KML Sketch Comedy shows incorporate live music, multimedia, and thematically coherent through-lines, with a consistent emphasis on high production value. The collaborations result in a range of comedic styles that fuse raucous slapstick with sharp satire, wacky monologues with indulgent musical numbers and, once in a while, gives rise to a slide show about cats and nuclear physics.
KML was proclaimed "Best Comedy Group" by the readers of SF Weekly this past June. Over the past year, KML has presented the world premiere sketch comedies KML Hits Highway 101, KML Goes to 11 and KML Patronizes the Arts, as well as Matt Pelfrey’s darkly comedic world premiere play Pure Shock Value. Three summers ago, their critically acclaimed world premiere production of Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's Hunter Gatherers received an extended three-month run at San Francisco's Thick House Theater and went on to win both theWill Glickman Award for the best new play of the Bay Area (2006) and the Steinberg Award for the best new play produced outside of New York City that year.