Join FCI’s PRIDE Improv Comedy Festival Happening This July!

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Finest City Improv is partnering with San Diego LGBT Pride to bring you our first LGBT Pride Comedy Festival, benefiting Pride’s LGBT youth arts program beneficiaries. The inaugural fest features two days of LGBTQ related improv comedy teams, featured shows, workshops, and an all-star Lip Sync Battle. Finest City Improv, and the improv community in general, has offered a welcoming and safe environment for the LGBT community and this festival celebrates that shared pride! Festival co-chairs are Jesse Suphan (FCI San Diego) and Celeste Pechous (Los Angeles). We are currently seeking submissions for improv, musical improv, sketch, clown and any other unique comedy shows to … Read More

The Top Ten Q and A – with Adele Dazeem

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Adele Dazeem is an all lady,all musical, and all around hilarious team based in LA. Kat and Jesse sat down with them and asked some hard hitting questions to get to know them better. Do you have another question for them? Come meet them in person this Friday night! 1. What Lush bath bomb flavor do you most identify as/with? I love the Yoga Bomb because yoga is da bomb!- Alexa Whichever one is too frugal to buy Lush bath bombs.-Leah The all gold sparkles bar. I’m the poorest girl with the most expensive taste–oops.-Rachel Just looked them up. I’m … Read More

Alternative Facts of Life offers laughable “lessons” about life in America today.

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Finest City Improv Presents a Satirical Look at Politics and Life For a limited time engagement, FCI’s “General Assembly” invites San Diegans to explore the current political and social landscape with much needed laughter… and perhaps a few tears. Opening Saturday March 18th and running for 6 consecutive Saturdays, this irreverent sketch comedy romps on both sides of the political line while taking the audience back to the groovy 70’s when seat belts were optional and smoking at a parent/teacher conference wasn’t frowned upon. Red Rover, Red Rover, send Nixon right over? With comedic sketches, audience interaction, and songs satirizing politically … Read More

The March Spotlight Shines on Vera Didur!

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Vera Didur captivates the stage with her musical, sketch, and improv talent! This month, we shine the light on her to learn more about her love of improv, and start the case of her missing cat. This is…Vera Didur! Vera is an FCI graduate, a musical improviser, and a sketch writer as seen in 2016’s Netflix and Kill. We let Vera tell more about herself in this video here: To learn more about Vera’s journey, or to start one yourself, check out our classes page, and snag yourself a spot in our next Discover Improv class!

Two Special Guest Teams from Los Angeles at FCI This Weekend

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This Saturday FCI’s Willis hosts special guests WHITE WOMEN (Los Angeles Team) in the 7:30 block. White Women **White Women** is a sketch group comprised of seven black men, and they have created a DOPE new sketch show that is impossible to sleep on, because they won’t stop doing backflips on your mattress.  GET TICKETS White Women is: Ronnie Adrian (Key and Peele, Comedy Bang Bang) Lamar Woods (Northside Comedy, The Tokens) Ify Nwadiwe (Key and Peele, Spinners) Zeke Nicholson (MTVs Fast Food Heights, Harold Night) Ishmel Sahid (Funny Or Die, Ishmel Productions) Majeed Nami (Marriage Material, Funny or Die … Read More


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Pepita and Elana are invited back again next year for SDIF 2018 and we are so excited to have her! Audience members called Pepita “Brave” “Vulnerable” and “One of the best improv shows I have ever seen.” Pepita is the fictional alter-ego of Magnet Theater performer and instructor, Elana Fishbein. In her improvised one-person show, Pepita shares stories from her life based on an audience suggestion. This original form breaks the forth wall, interweaving storytelling and scenes with Pepita imitating all the characters along the way. Her cosmic like-ability and zest for life will inspire you to reach new heights. … Read More

Bridget Cavaiola

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Bridget has been performing and teaching improv theater and communication strategies to adults and children since 2005. She is a Master Teaching Artist with Arts for Learning, San Diego and a performer and teacher with Finest City Improv. She is the former Education Director for the Baltimore Improv Group as well as a former Teaching Artist for Young Audiences of Maryland. She was a Baltimore County Public Schools High School (MD) English and theater teacher for seven years. Bridget is a graduate of the Young Audience of Maryland Teaching Artist Institute and has extensive training in inclusion, professional development, and … Read More

Guest Team Liaison, Michael Romero shares his journal from #SDIF17

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Festival Journal by Michael Romero

Another year… and another festival in the books; and what a festival it was! Once again, teams from all over the country and Canada graced us with their presence and showed off their talent on the stage. Last year I started the journal entry with “My improv world exploded over the span of 4 short days.” I relived that moment this year, but with a little more experience to back it up. That doesn’t mean that year wasn’t any less inspirational and motivating to pursue honing this craft. The 4th Annual San Diego Improv Festival had its fair share of memorable … Read More

Ring the School bells, It’s March’s Single Lady–Alli Bell!

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She’s picking a husband just like her favorite karaoke song this Saturday! Sailor, Educator, baker and family lover, Alli is ready to fall in love! On March 4th at 9pm, our star students will be finding the perfect Apple of Alli’s eye through 3 acts! Act 1: Why she’s still single! Act 2: Help us find her match! Act 3: We now declare you… “Happily-ish ever after-ish!” No matter what happens, we guarantee that there will be a live wedding at the end of every show. Seriously.  

Jesse’s “5 Musts” Checklist for the SD Improv Festival!

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1. Get Your #Hashtag Game On Point!You're going to be taking a lot of pictures and videos and you want to come correct with a proper hashtag presence. #SDIF2017 #SUNSOUTBUNSOUT #PBR #NEWBFF #SANDIEGOHASAMAZINGTACOS #THISAFTERPARTYWASINSANE2. Get a Swimsuit That Says Something About You!Our pool party is going to be a great place to show off your personality and political views via your swimsuit. Are you an activist for womens rights? Try an aquatic version of a 20th century suffragette! Do you love waffles? Try making an entire swim trunk out of waffles! You can swim and snack! 3. Get the Time ... Read More