Dave Buckman

Dave Buckman

Executive Producer

Dave Buckman served as Artistic Director of Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, where he was fortunate to work with and direct some of the funniest people working in television and web-based sketch comedy today. He culminated his run in Europe directing “Boom Chicago: RockStars” the second stage-swap with The Second City’s Main Stage in its 50 year history. After Europe, Dave worked as a director, actor and teacher at The Second City in Chicago. He is also a producer for The Out Of Bounds Comedy Festival and Executive Producer of The ColdTowne Theater, where he has been performing and directing since it’s opening in 2006.

AJ McKeon

AJ McKeon

Director of Operations

This is AJ’s first year on the Austin Sketch Fest producer team. AJ is a writer / performer / improvisor from New York, now living in Austin. He was once almost on the Rosie O’Donnell show as a kid but chickened out. AJ’s favorite sketch is probably the “Potato Chip” from season 36 of SNL because he always wanted to be an astronaut but loved chips too much to make that a reality.

Kenah Benefield

Kenah Benefield

Technical Director (ColdTowne)

Kenah is an improviser and writer from Seattle, Washington. But, has lived in Austin long enough to call himself an Austinite. This is his third year being apart of Austin Sketch Fest as a Technical Director for ColdTowne. You can find him perform with Austin's all black-male improv troupe Sugar, Water, Purple, and local 90s sketch group Doper than Dope. 

Malina Panovich

Malina Panovich

Technical Director (Spider House)

Malina Panovich is an avid fan of all things comedy and used to perform improv for packed houses (of free shows) during her college years at The University of Texas at Austin. She originally started running lights and sound for Austin Sketch Fest three years ago and is excited to put on her big girl pants to run the show at Spiderhouse. In her non-comedic hours, you can find Malina working in the Austin film world, from shorts and web-series to award winning indie features. Her next endeavor is the conquering of internet.

Yola Lu

Yola Lu

  

Hospitality Director and Stand-up Coordinator

  

Yola Lu is a stand up, improviser and writer originally from Seattle, now based in Austin. She is a member of the sketch troupe, Pendulum, and also produces her own monthly stand up show, the Brixton Comedy Hour. She is one of the co-founders of Disoriented Comedy, the first all female Asian American stand up comedy tour. In her spare time, she likes to be on her phone at the dog park while her dog chases everyone else's balls.

Mac Blake

Mac Blake

Consulting Producer

Mac Blake comes from the bearded streets of Austin. He’s performed stand-up at the New Faces of Comedy Showcase at Just for Laughs Montreal, the Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, Funny or Die’s Oddball Festival and more. In 2013, he won the Funniest Person in Austin contest. His stand-up album “Bird Drugs”debuted at #3 on the iTunes comedy chart. At ColdTowne Theater Mac performs improv with the group Movie Riot.

Michael Jastroch

Michael Jastroch

Executive Producer

Michael Jastroch is one of the founders of ColdTowne Theater and has won several awards for his comedy stylings including “Best Comedy Group 2008” in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s poll and the B. Iden Payne award for “Outstanding Improv Ensemble.” His sketch project, Lovey and Lovey, won Best of Fest at the 2005 Lone Star Sketch Festival and the 2008 Frontera Fringe Festival as well as a Critic’s Pick in the 2008 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll. Michael teaches and directs sketch and improv at the ColdTowne Conservatory. He directed a number of improv and sketch comedy shows, including the Victrola, Rapture the Flag and Cereal For Adults and can be seen performing with the Frank Mills and Jonestroch.