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Who is The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival?

Kimee B. (photo by: jeff hawe)
Kimee B. (photo by: jeff hawe)

First premiered in 2015, The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival was founded by local Kaneohe girl turned professional actor, Kimee Balmilero. While living in NYC and Los Angeles for 15+ years, Kimee fell in love with improv and sketch comedy. She studied at The Uprights Citizens Brigade and performed in Los Angeles with several comedy groups including the sketch team Drug Puppy. After making the decision to move back home to Hawaii, Kimee was certain: She didn't want to abandon comedy. So brainstorming began and BOOM...The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival was born!

The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival is brought to you by StoryU Arts, adivision of the 501(c)3 non-profit Bizgenics Foundation. The mission of StoryU Arts is to empower creative entrepreneurship.

What is The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival?

HISF 2016 Start Up Team: Beat Box (photo by: jeff hawe)
HISF 2016 Start Up Team: Beat Box (photo by: jeff hawe)

The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival is an annual two-day event featuring original comedy by local and off-island creators, plus live music and educational workshops geared towards writers, performers, and producers interested in a career in comedy.

Where is The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival?

The Honolulu Museum of Art (photo by: jeff hawe)
The Honolulu Museum of Art (photo by: jeff hawe)

The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival lives in Honolulu, Hawaii. Lucky us! Friday October 21st at the Doris Duke Theatre in Kaka‘ako and Saturday, October 22nd at the Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown.

Why is The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival?

HISF 2016 Performers (photo by: jeff hawe)
HISF 2016 Performers (photo by: jeff hawe)

Our main focus is to provide opportunities for Hawaii based funny folks and to showcase their work. Our aim is to help them bring their skills up to the next level! Our "Two Scoops Funny" Show at Arts at Marks Garage features the work of local writers exclusively. Our "Live in Honolulu" Show at The Doris Duke Theatre brings together local creatives mentored by visiting industry professionals. There's so much talent here in Hawaii and we do our best to nurture and celebrate it!

How is The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival Funded?

HISF 2016 Volunteers (photo by: jeff hawe)
HISF 2016 Volunteers (photo by: jeff hawe)

While The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival is mostly volunteer based, we do have quite a few expenses to take care of:

  • Special guest airfare/lodging/expenses
  • Instructor/performer/production staff stipends
  • Printing: shirts, stickers, programs, scripts, etc
  • Venue & equipment rental
  • Surprise fees (you know...all those things that might go wrong that you have to adjust your budget for.)

We love our sponsors, but our biggest support comes from you...our fans and audience. We do our best to keep costs low and are very frugal with our donations and sponsorships, but it’s paramount that the quality of the festival is always at its best. We can use all the help we can get. Any surplus will support the next festival as well as our yearly comedy programming, including Improv Hawaii, and our spring Comedy Camp for Kids.

Risks and challenges

Putting on a live event comes with lots of risks. Especially when it has a lot of moving parts like The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival. With your help, we can better prep for these potential challenges.

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    "Two Scoops Funny" Pre-sale Tickets

    Shout Outs and ONE ticket to our "Two Scoops Funny" show on Sunday, October 22nd at The Arts at Marks Garage in Chinatown featuring the work of this year's HISF Start Up Team, live music and more.
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    This unique reward gets you Shout Outs PLUS...AN ENTIRE MUSICAL ABOUT YOU...or someone you love (or don't love), your call. The improvhi team will dedicate a 30 minute musical to a person or company of your choice. You will also receive 20 tickets to your special one-of-a-kind musical show and a video link for your keepsake. (Must be based in Honolulu.)

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