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 weekly in our theater in the Hillcrest 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:  3746 6th Ave Hillcrest, San Diego.

 

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.

See Amy’s Full Bio


Kat Brown — Director of Community & Artistic Director

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 — Assistant AD,  Business Development Manager

Jesse is our Assistant Artistic Director and Manager of Business Development. He helps bring improv to companies, teams, conferences, and other events. He is also the founder of our annual IMPRIDE festival.

  • 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.


Jillanne Aden- Community Manager

Jill Anne keeps the box office running smoothly while engaging the community to keep them informed about all of the great classes, shows, and events we have.  If you need any assistance to make your visit more enjoyable please contact Jill!


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