More Joy. Guaranteed!


Finest City Improv was founded in 2011 as a way to entertain, inspire and bring joy and laughter to the community of San Diego. From performers, to students, to loyal fans, and first time visitors, we promise a playful and return-worthy experience with our commitment to sharing, teaching and connecting people with laughter.

Performances are every Thursday through Sunday in our cabaret theater in the North Park area of San Diego. Classes are available for all levels of improv students and instructed by an experienced teaching staff. Our corporate workshops help teams of all sizes collaborate more creatively and effectively, resulting in a more engaged workforce and a better bottom line.

Contact us

Phone:  (619) 306-6047
Email: Info@finestcityimprov.com
Address:  4250 Louisiana St. San Diego, CA 92104

Public Relations

Please contact Kat Brown
(619) 306-6047
info@finestcityimprov.com

Team Members

Amy Lisewski — Founder, CEO, Artistic Director

Amy captains the Finest City Improv ship and keeps everyone focused on our core mission of bringing more joy to everyone’s lives with improvisation.


  • What are your other hobbies? Sailing, yoga, camping and reading

  • If you weren’t doing improv, where would you be? On a boat in the Virgin Islands

  • What is your favorite improv scene you’ve been in? Once i played someone stuck in a dryer and i just kept doing somersaults in place. That was fun.

  • Who is your comedy idol? Lucille Ball – a pioneer for funny women! i grew up watching her.

  • 10 words or less of what improv means to you? The freedom to play, take fun risks, and comment on the world.

  • Where will you be in 10 years? On a boat in the Virgin Islands

  • Anything else we should know? My dog Captain Louie is really in charge.

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Kat Brown — Director of Community

Kat’s enthusiasm and dedication to our entire community is what keeps this ship sailing to wonderful places.  Connect with Kat to find more joy in all parts of your life!


  • What are your other hobbies? Scrapbooking, petting dogs, bargain hunting.

  • If you weren’t doing improv, where would you be? In Seattle, working for an artisanal card making shoppe.

  • What is your favorite improv scene you’ve been in? One time we did a parody of that old “just say no commercial” but instead of anything illegal, we found out that we lived in a vegan household and it was non organic kale under the bed.

  • Who is your comedy idol? Molly Shannon and Mo Collins, two kickass women that have made it cool to be the funny girl.

  • 10 words or less of what improv means to you? Connecting the untold reality to humor.

  • Where will you be in 10 years? Making people laugh and still wearing brown boots.

  • Anything else we should know? Don’t ever question my ability to sing jingles older than myself.

Kat’s enthusiasm and dedication to our entire community is what keeps this ship sailing to wonderful places.  Connect with Kat to find more joy in all parts of your life!


Jesse Suphan — Ambassador of Joy!


Jesse is our sales and marketing manager, lead stage manager, and general ray of glittering rainbow sunshine.

  • What are your other hobbies? Hiking, Happy Hours, avoiding long term incarceration.

  • If you weren’t doing improv, where would you be? That is a terrible question to think about, but probably doing stand-up on a cruise ship. I am not talking a nice one either, one of the cruise lines that is constantly having breakouts of rare diseases and the shrimp cocktail has a warning sign.

  • What is your favorite improv scene you’ve been in? I would have to say my personal favorite was a with Minor Suspension, my musical improv team. I was playing with Kasey and I kept singing the opposite of what she was saying. It felt great, people really loved it and I am pretty sure we got a standing ovation (if you count two people out of 20, and I do)

  • Who is your comedy idol? If I had to pick one I would say Margaret Cho I have been obsessed with her from the age of 16 until… well just the other day when I drove by her house.

  • 10 words or less of what improv means to you? Experiencing joy daily through playtime with some amazing people. Purple! (I get ten)

  • Where will you be in 10 years? I will be an attorney fighting for the rights of the less than fortunate. That or a truck driver you never know how life turns out. Accept it and say “Yes And”.

  • Anything else we should know? I genuinely want you to be happy.


Taylor Elliott — Visitor Experience Manager

Taylor is your host when you visit our theater. She manages the box office and the “house party”. She will make sure your visit brings you laughter and joy.

  • What are your other hobbies? Yoga, playing video games, and watching bad reality TV.

  • If you weren’t doing improv, where would you be? Looking for love in all the wrong places. 

  • What is your favorite improv scene you’ve been in? I was in a scene where I was an evil scientist’s hunchbacked assistant who was delivering an order of brains to the wrong laboratory. It was very Young Frankenstein meets Grey’s Anatomy. 

  • Who is your comedy idol? I love Sarah Silverman and Mindy Kaling; two very funny, empowering women!

  • 10 words or less of what improv means to you? The opportunity to travel space and time with friends. 

  • Where will you be in 10 years? Surrounding myself with inspiring people and ice cream. Emphasis on the ice cream.

  • Anything else we should know? You can often see me in the FCI lobby muttering, “I’m just so happy to be here!”


Michael Romero- Guest Team Liaison


Michael is our guest team producer, ensuring wonderful relations with our numerous San Diego indie teams and making sure that people come see how awesome they are!

  • What are your other hobbies? Baking, cooking, reading, Marvel comics, sports. 

  • If you weren’t doing improv, where would you be? Competitive sports team or in the kitchen.

  • What is your favorite improv scene you’ve been in? I cannot describe my favorite scene concisely so I will mention my 2nd one. I was a character that spoke no words and would move closer to the ground every time my scene partner spoke. I ended up in a somersault position and somersaulted off the stage into the audience; I nearly took out my scene partner’s wife.

  • Who is your comedy idol? Gabriel Iglesias.

  • 10 words or less of what improv means to you? Leaning into the unknown to explore worlds with friends. 

  • Where will you be in 10 years? “We treat our future selves as though they were our children, spending most of the hours of most of our days constructing tomorrows that we hope will make them happy… But our temporal progeny are often thankless. We toil and sweat to give them just what we think they will like, and they quit their jobs, grow their hair, move to or from San Francisco, and wonder how we could ever have been stupid enough to think they’d like that. We fail to achieve the accolades and rewards that we consider crucial to their well-being, and they end up thanking God that things didn’t work out according to our shortsighted, misguided plan.”  – Daniel Gilbert

  • Anything else we should know? San Diego born and raised. How rare is that?


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