kimee_closeupFounder: Kimee Balmilero is a Hawaii born actor who 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 most recently, the recurring role of Dr. Noelani Cunha on “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.

A lifetime student of the legendary Ronald E. Bright, Kimee made her directorial debut with the Hawai’i Premiere of “Mamma Mia” at the historical Diamond Head Theatre in Honolulu. The show was a hit with Hawaii audiences and was sold out for the entire run and extension.

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.


BGF_Logo_newProducer: BizGym Foundation is a local 501(c)3 non-profit focused on empowering entrepreneurs with tools and inspiration to build a strong and sustainable future. BizGym Foundation produced events include: Lemonade Alley, Camp BizGym and The Hawaii Sketch Comedy Festival.


StoryU_logoProducer: StoryU Arts is the newest division of BizGym Foundation focused on two things: 1) Empowering entrepreneurs with performances skills like improv and short form writing and 2) Empowering artistic entrepreneurs (creative writers, actors, film makers comedians, etc) with business skills and tools to help them turn their passion into a career.



Ann Maddox has performed at the UCB Theater in Los Angeles since 2005, in several sketch shows such as Baby Hungry, Charlyne Yi Show, UCB presents, Other people’s stuff, Make That Sandwich! and most recently, the one act sketch play Talking Is Hard, which just finished it’s year long run at UCB.

She has also performed improv on the Harold team Lincoln’s Bedroom and wrote sketch comedy for Maude Teams Nice Kitchen and Hot Mess. In 2011 she was a cast member of the annual CBS Diversity Showcase, featured as a performer and writer. She has written and performed her own UCB shows Machu Picchu and Battle of the Funny Bands with her music/sketch band Machu Picchu. They have appeared in stand up and variety shows such as Comedy Death Ray, Tomorrow Show, Garage Comedy and the Las Vegas Comedy Festival.
Ann Maddox has been in several commercials playing either a weird coworker and/or a stoner type. You may have seen Ann in The Office as a pregnant telemarketer, an artsy hipster in Two Broke Girls, a bubbly game show host on Fuel TV’s Stupid Face,eating bird poo on Web Soup, and a Japanese panda suited criminal in Todd Rohal’s Catechism Cataclysm (currently on Netflix)! She also often appears in College Humor and Funny or Die videos.
You can catch her this fall on TBS in The Pete Holmes Show and on IFC with The Birthday Boys!

Holly Prazoff
is from Toronto, Canada.  While performing comedy there, she won a Canadian Comedy Award for best sketch troupe, as a member of The Sketchersons.  She joined the Second City Touring Company and also won MTV’s Yo Mamma: Canada. In 2008, she attended The Sundance Film Festival, where her film The Funeral was an official selection.  She has appeared on IFC’s Comedy Bang Bang and The Birthday Boys.

Holly can now be seen performing at Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles.  Last year she was asked to take over hosting duties of UCBTLA longest running weekly show “Not Too Shabby” hosting with Alana Johnston.  She has appeared in countless Funny Or Die videos and is now appearing on “The UCB Show” on Sesso with Alana.  This year Vulture named their sketch one of the best of 2016


julie_brister_square Julie Brister is a performer, director and teacher living in Los Angeles. She’s appeared in and directed dozens of shows including: her solo-show Fatparts (SF Sketchfest) Showgirls! The Best Movie Ever Made Ever!! (SF Sketchfest), Laid Up (UCBNY), and Put it in You! The Sex-Ed Musical (UCBNY). Her comedic short “Book It” was selected as a finalist for Oxygen’s Create-A-Series contest.
TV credits include a recurring role as Daisy the Lawyer on Review (Comedy Central), Playing House (USA), Parks and Recreation (NBC), The New Normal (NBC), Comedy Bang Bang (IFC), Newsreaders (Adult Swim), Conan (TBS), Onion News Network (IFC), Happy Endings (ABC), New Girl (FOX), Good Luck Charlie (Disney), Rules of Engagement (CBS), Children’s Hospital (Adult Swim), Reno 911(Comedy Central), Little Britain USA (HBO) and Late Night with Conan O’Brien (NBC). Upcoming movies include The Kitchen Sink, Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? and Night of the Living Deb.
eugene_squareEugene Cordero is an improv and sketch instructor at Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood. He performs every Monday night as a member of The Smokes and every Friday night in DIAMOND LION. He can also be seen performing in ASSSSCAT and QUICK & FUNNY MUSICALS. Credits include Key & Peele, Kroll Show and Arrested Development. Eugene is currently recurring on Showtime’s House of Lies.
zach_gutin_squareZack Gutin is a multi-faceted writer and the Vice President of Final Draft Inc. A former staff writer for Script Magazine, Zack’s work has also appeared in Emmy Magazine and on popular filmmaking websites like and As a screenwriter, Zack is represented by Kaplan/Perrone, one of the top literary management companies in Hollywood. He’s worked on several television shows, including Saturday Night Live, and was a writer for the award-winning LA-based sketch comedy troupe Drug Puppy. A graduate of both the Second City and Upright Citizens Brigade writing programs, he also has extensive experience using short-form creative writing for branding videos, web series and business presentations.