Improv Comedy Classes and community

Our training center provides classes for all levels of experience. We are dedicated to providing students with a fun, supportive, and challenging environment to explore and foster their creativity! Classes are taught by our highly skilled and experienced instructors with a diverse background in improv training from such places as The Second City, iO West, and UCB.

Our series of improv classes are designed to teach you the essential skills of scenic improv, progressing to ensemble performance.  Our philosophy: It is not just about telling jokes. The humor comes from the characters within scenes and everyone working together as an ensemble!

  • Students enjoy FREE ADMISSION to all of our regular shows.
  • All classes get to perform on the Finest City Improv stage!
  • Social activities and fun community!

I never want it to end!

This class has been one of the most eye opening, encouraging, and hysterical experiences I’ve ever had. I am never ready for class to end and I look forward to it each week... It is safe to say, improv is my new favorite hobby.

Chris Jajou

2014-08-10T17:48:45+00:00

Chris Jajou

This class has been one of the most eye opening, encouraging, and hysterical experiences I’ve ever had. I am never ready for class to end and I look forward to it each week... It is safe to say, improv is my new favorite hobby.
Life-changing experience that I’ll never forget.
Level 1 was like flipping a switch in my brain that had been off since I was a child. The environment that Kat created was so positive, nurturing, and... most of all FUN! You could very quickly see yourself growing in awareness, confidence, and playfulness. The other cool thing is that you get to see your classmates' growth right alongside you. It was one of those few precious life-changing experiences that I'll never forget.

Jon Fink

2016-01-08T15:57:55+00:00

Jon Fink

Level 1 was like flipping a switch in my brain that had been off since I was a child. The environment that Kat created was so positive, nurturing, and... most of all FUN! You could very quickly see yourself growing in awareness, confidence, and playfulness. The other cool thing is that you get to see your classmates' growth right alongside you. It was one of those few precious life-changing experiences that I'll never forget.
courageous, spontaneous, and comfortable
I started improv to laugh more and to help me socially - I didn't know anyone in San Diego so a reason certainly was to meet people and become part of the community. But I really did it to challenge myself and to do something totally outside of my comfort zone. I'm finally a person on the stage performing instead of someone in the audience longing to be that "courageous, spontaneous, and comfortable with themselves." Improv still scares me, but everyday when I think about how far I've come and how many more risks I take. Plus I do laugh a lot more.

Niki K.

2016-02-05T15:32:14+00:00

Niki K.

I really did it to challenge myself and to do something totally outside of my comfort zone. I'm finally a person on the stage performing instead of someone in the audience longing to be that "courageous, spontaneous, and comfortable with themselves."
We all became friends
It has been a joy to take your level 1 improv class! Thank you for teaching such a kick-ass improv class! It was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it and I was amazed at how quickly we all became friends. FCI has what I have found to be essential to any art form - a performance space, great teachers, and a positive community.

Daniel Steinman

2014-10-13T11:39:56+00:00

Daniel Steinman

It has been a joy to take your level 1 improv class! Thank you for teaching such a kick-ass improv class! It was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it. What a friendly, positive community the FCI crew have put together. I was amazed at how quickly we all became friends!
Instantly have a new group of friends

Shows, workshops, classes and friends. You will find them all at Finest City Improv. New to San Diego with no friends? Take a class and you will instantly have a new group of friends.

Jason Casey

2014-08-10T18:44:21+00:00

Jason Casey

Take a class and you will instantly have a new group of friends.
Feels like home.
Finest City Improv will feel so much like home that you'll want to come here every single day of your life! I was having a crummy month and decided to take a chance a take a leap of faith and try a Level 1 Improv class to meet people and de-stress in my daily life. What I found, even from that first day of class with our aaaawesome teacher (the amazing-super-talented Kat Brown), was THE BEST possible experience you can have in San Diego and I would recommend taking a class no matter who you are and what you do.

Mark L.

2016-02-05T12:26:06+00:00

Mark L.

Finest City fosters a chill, non-judgmental environment where you can truly have the most fun you have ever had and laugh hardest you've ever laughed.
Come out of your shell and have more fun.
After having to act like an adult all day, its refreshing to come to class and be able to open up and "play" like I did as a child. I would recommend improv classes at Finest City to anyone that simply wants to come out of their shell and have more fun in their lives!

Elwin Warsh

2016-01-08T15:59:14+00:00

Elwin Warsh

After having to act like an adult all day, its refreshing to come to class and be able to open up and "play" like I did as a child. I would recommend improv classes at Finest City to anyone that simply wants to come out of their shell and have more fun in their lives!
What we learn in Improv carries over into real life, too.
I didn't know what to think about it after my first few classes, but I'm really liking it, and seeing how it improves my confidence.
Besides making new friends and having fun, I'm also learning how to stretch my comfort zone, think on my feet, stay present, and build relationships.

--Tommie Mooney

2017-06-19T11:11:31+00:00

--Tommie Mooney

I didn't know what to think about it after my first few classes, but I'm really liking it, and seeing how it improves my confidence. Besides making new friends and having fun, I'm also learning how to stretch my comfort zone, think on my feet, stay present, and build relationships.
I Needed Play…
My life was good, my days were interesting, but had gotten somewhat boring. I needed more play, more laughter, and more cool people to hang out with. Finest City Improv classes and shows rescued me from a life of quiet desperation. FCI, the amazing teachers and students have added sparkle to my days and a place to fulfill my need to express myself in a new way. Thanks to the entire staff and performers and students for the fun and growth.

--Luci Dumas

2017-06-19T11:04:25+00:00

--Luci Dumas

My life was good, my days were interesting, but had gotten somewhat boring. I needed more play, more laughter, and more cool people to hang out with. Finest City Improv classes and shows rescued me from a life of quiet desperation. FCI, the amazing teachers and students have added sparkle to my days and a place to fulfill my need to express myself in a new way. Thanks to the entire staff and performers and students for the fun and growth.
Beautiful, Freeing, Expressive…
Improv puts you in a place where there are no scripts and no pre planned stories. It is a beautiful freeing expressive act that will put you into a very childlike state, free to be. It helps you identify your fears and gives you the gift of joy and laughter. FCI provides an authentic and warm playground where you can expand your comfort zone with an accepting staff and community. You will soon realize that there is no better place to figure out life at. I'm forever thankful our paths crossed.

--Jessica Farber

2017-06-19T11:05:34+00:00

--Jessica Farber

Improv puts you in a place where there are no scripts and no pre planned stories. It is a beautiful freeing expressive act that will put you into a very childlike state, free to be. It helps you identify your fears and gives you the gift of joy and laughter. FCI provides an authentic and warm playground where you can expand your comfort zone with an accepting staff and community. You will soon realize that there is no better place to figure out life at. I'm forever thankful our paths crossed.
I fell in love with improv.
I always enjoyed improv, but never thought of doing it myself until last Fall... Initially, I looked at it as a potential tool to help me improve my teaching and become more spontaneous and engaging in the classroom. I figured I'd just take one class for the experience, and didn't anticipate that I'd fall in love with improv as I have since then.

Erin R.

2016-01-12T17:40:03+00:00

Erin R.

I always enjoyed improv, but never thought of doing it myself until last Fall... Initially, I looked at it as a potential tool to help me improve my teaching and become more spontaneous and engaging in the classroom. I figured I'd just take one class for the experience, and didn't anticipate that I'd fall in love with improv as I have since then.
Improv Recharges my “life battery…”
I thought I'd give it a "try"... first session of level 1 my teacher said, "there are no mistakes, only gifts, and here we cheer when we make a mistake". That was it... I did not need one more word to know its my place to stay. FCI has become more than a class, theatre, or an institution for me. This little community is part of me now, part of my life, and my family. Thank you FCI, for all this, for just making my life better and recharging my life battery every weekend.

--Amir Razeghi

2017-06-19T11:07:57+00:00

--Amir Razeghi

I thought I'd give it a "try"... first session of level 1 my teacher said, "there are no mistakes, only gifts, and here we cheer when we make a mistake". That was it... I did not need one more word to know its my place to stay. FCI has become more than a class, theatre, or an institution for me. This little community is part of me now, part of my life, and my family. Thank you FCI, for all this, for just making my life better and recharging my life battery every weekend.
I’ve really come out of my shell!

When I first came to Finest City, I was so shy that I would panic when I was put into an unfamiliar situation. Almost a year later, I've really come out of my shell. Not only have my friendships with others deepened; it even helped me land an awesome job!

Elisa Ellis

2014-08-10T17:49:28+00:00

Elisa Ellis

When I first came to Finest City, I was so shy that I would panic when I was put into an unfamiliar situation. Almost a year later, I've really come out of my shell. Not only have my friendships with others deepened; it even helped me land an awesome job!
Extremely supportive teachers!
I started taking classes from Finest City and I've been in love with improv ever since! The teachers at FCI are extremely supportive, creating a classroom environment where there's never a wrong answer!

Lauren Rice

2014-08-10T18:42:48+00:00

Lauren Rice

The teachers at FCI are extremely supportive, creating a classroom environment where there's never a wrong answer!
Way more than classes and shows…
FCI is waaay more than Improv classes and shows. As a student about to finish Level 3-here are my 5 things. 5 things 5 things 5 things.
1. Personal growth-not knowing what to expect in my Level 1 class beyond a "fun two hours". It was the beginning of Yes and'ing throughout my life (and recognizing when I yes but!)
2. Friendships!!!! The crew that has started in Level 1 together gelled so nicely that we have continued through Level 3 and will stick together as long as we can. If nothing else comes of it-I have a new set of awesome friends that "have my back".
3. Getting my creative juices flowing. Its been a joy to push myself in new ways and become an artist on the stage for those few precious minutes.
4. Learning from Improvs gods/goddesses. The teachers are so awesome, kind, patient, approachable and reslly care about their students growth. A very supportive culture.
5. Fun!!!!! This is what brings me back week after week. So much friggin' fun and laughter!
2017-06-19T11:06:40+00:00
--Amy Pagano
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made
I was going through a divorce and realized that I could look at this as an opportunity to make a huge change to bettering myself and my life. The thought literally popped into my mind out of nowhere, "Improv". I went with it and as luck would have it, it turned out to be one of the best decisions I've ever made for myself. Love, joy, friends, fun, teamwork,  self-improvement, community, wild opportunities, awesome and the list continues!

Amy Nicole

2014-08-26T11:23:38+00:00

Amy Nicole

My life was changing, and improv helped me find self improvement, fun, and a family.


improv program

Beginner Classes

LEVELS 1-3

Invite more creativity, spontaneity, and fun into your every day life. A super fun 2-hour class for 7-weeks.  Designed for anyone new to improv OR for anyone who has experience but is new to our Improv Series.

Learn more or choose your start date and start having more fun now!

level2
Scenework!

In this level you will take the fundamentals and discover even more playfulness! You will learn dozens of more super fun improv games and follow your fears to find more ease in your scenework. Scene work focuses on trusting your partner, yourself, and the “rules of improv” to simply discover the fun in your scenes every time!
This level has one class show at the end of the term and every student can participate in the student/teacher show, Greenhorn.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 or graduate of Second City, iO, or UCB improv program.

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level3

Intermediate Scenes And Montages

In this level you will learn to consistently and effortlessly craft engaging scenes! While continuing to practice the fundamentals of improvisation and learning even more awesome and fun games, you further develop your skills to create improv scenes in groups of two. Instruction continues to focus on relationship, and discovering collaboratively while adding more character, game, and heightening. This class also works on some basic acting skills that are helpful in improvisation and using the stage and imaginary environment more. Three person scenes, more editing, and montages are also introduced. 

This level has one class show at the end of the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2.

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Intermediate Classes

LEVELS 4-6

level4

Advanced Scenes

In this level you will focus on two and three person scenes, and begin learning long-form improv structures.  You will stretch your skills in a challenging and fun environment as you begin to find you “improv voice.”  You will learn about openings, La Ronde, side support, recognizing themes, and numerous improv “devices”.

This level has two class shows during the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 3.

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level5

Harold and friends…

Learn ‘The Harold’ and other essential improv forms! You will learn how to weave your scene work into a single long-form show. Performance skills are fine-tuned and essential show structures are studied. You are encouraged to make bold choices and act on inspiration with confidence.

This level has 3 class shows during the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 4

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level-6

Have your show!

Design and develop your unique comedic point of view within a show format. Receive feedback and direction from Finest City Improv instructors. Strengthen the long-form structure and put up your show on the Finest City Improv stage!

This level has 3 class shows during the term. Your Level 6 group is then invited to perform up to 3 additional shows upon graduation.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5

After completion of Level 6 you will receive a certificate of achievement and be considered a FCI improv program graduate!


conservatory

Conservatory for Advanced Improv

This program takes graduates of our core series and mentors them to gain more skills, experience, and opportunities in improvisation.

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