The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival Returns To The Doris Duke!
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Downloadable text document and 2015 festival photos available here 
Photo credits: David K. Jones, Ramsay Siegel, John LeBlanc


2016 performer line up and schedule announced!

Following an amazingly successful premiere, the Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival is BACK and ready to drop major LOLs at The Honolulu Museum’s Doris Duke Theatre March 31st and April 1st!

“This year’s event will have two live shows instead of one,” says creator and director Kimee Balmilero, “Both will have live sketch comedy performances, live music and original comedic video shorts. I’m so excited!”

“Live From Honolulu” will be the opening night show of the festival on March 31st at The Honolulu Museum's Doris Duke Theatre. This show will feature professional writer, comedian and founding member of the IFC sketch comedy TV series â€œThe Whitest Kids U’ Know, “ Sam Brown. Other opening night performers include: Ann Maddox (The Office, Two Broke Girls, Birthday Boys), STEENK (an LA based sketch comedy duo), special musical guest Chris Lind and Beet Box - Honolulu’s newest sketch comedy troupe and this year’s HISF Startup Team. “Besides wanting to make people laugh, we want to empower local writers, comedians, actors and artists. The creative entrepreneurs of the world!” The HISF Startup Team is matched with a professional writing mentor in Los Angeles and meet via video conference once a week to prepare for the festival. The March 31st show will also have an opening reception in the Honolulu Museum’s courtyard starting at 6pm with food and drink for purchase as well as live music provided by Simple Souls.

The April 1st “Two Scoops Funny” show will focus on highlighting local acts such as Honolulu based sketch group Goof Troop Riot, special musical guest Erika Elona, videos by OC16’s “Almost Local" and works from Improvhi, a local comedy group who performs once a month at The Pagoda.  “I grew up watching ‘Rap’s Hawaii’ and listening to ‘The 3 Local Boyz.’ I’m excited for the opportunity to showcase more Hawaii based talent!”

This year’s festival expects to reach over 500 highly engaged comedy lovers and will also host educational workshops and panels designed to provide guidance to aspiring writers, comedians, actors and other creative entrepreneurs. "We wanna give these ART-Preneurs the credit they deserve," says Balmilero.

The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival is produced by The BizGym Foundation, a 501(c)3 non profit based in Honolulu, HI.

To purchase tickets and to learn more about the festival, visit their website at:

About BizGym Foundation:
The BizGym Foundation, founded in 2013, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that seeks to empower entrepreneurs with the tools and inspiration to build a strong and sustainable future. BizGym Foundation programs include Lemonade Alley, a kids business and financial literacy competition, and Camp BizGym, a kids entrepreneur education program. For more information, visit

About Kimee Balmilero: 
Hawaii born actor Kimee Balmilero has been performing professionally since 1994 thanks to her first paying gig as “Woody Woodpecker” at an Earth Day Fair.  Other professional credits include: The 3X Emmy Nominated series “Hi-5,” the Original Broadway Cast of “Mamma Mia,” “Miss Saigon,” and “Hawaii Five-0.” While working in NYC and LA for 15+ years, she studied improv & sketch comedy at the famed Uprights Citizens Brigade Theatre in Hollywood.
Kimee has performed at such venues as: Radio City Music Hall, The Kodak Theater, UCB in LA, Second City-Hollywood and iO West and has been featured on “The Today Show,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” and “The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.”
Since moving back to Hawaii in 2012, Kimee founded and is the “Head Sillypino” of  improvhi a company and website dedicated to sketch and improv comedy in Hawaii.
In March 2015, she created and produced the first ever Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival at the Honolulu Museum of Art’s Doris Duke Theater.
Kimee is also the Executive Development Consultant for the award winning 501(c)3 non-profit, The BizGym Foundation.
In her spare time, Kimee enjoys karaoke-ing, garage sale-ing, instagram-ing, eating diner spaghetti, pretending like she’s a contestant on “Top Chef,” and dreaming about sinigang.

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