Amy Lisewski Featured on Dan Quiggle’s Leadership Podcast

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Recently, Amy Lisewski appeared on Dan Quiggle’s leadership podcast, “Garage to Goliath,” to discuss how the methods of improv can empower people to be better, more positive leaders! Listen to episode 026 of Garage to Goliath | Leaders Building Legacies as Amy shares: The wonders of improv for personal and professional development as a great way to get over the fear of failure and a great way to learn to communicate more effectively with others. [1:56] Where she got her idea to use improv to help people build better businesses. [14:51] The opportunity failure creates and why she encourages people to fail … Read More

Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes Attacks… Back to the Future!

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Rev up the DeLorean and pull up your Calvin Kleins — we’re hitting 88 mph with BACK TO THE FUTURE! That’s right, we’re talking life vests, plutonium, every beautiful moment with Doc Brown. Attack of Rotten Tomatoes is taking on this ’80s blockbuster (and its sequels… probably?… we don’t know yet) and turning it inside out, upside down and any which way possible. There will be singing. There may even be dancing. Just not with your mother. That’s just awkward. Come out on Saturday, January 20th at 9pm to see what mayhem will ensue. Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need … Read More

SD Improv Fest is February 15 to 18!

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The program for the 5th Annual San Diego Improv Festival in 2018 is approaching fast! Tickets (including VIP) are on sale now, and there’s still time to snag the early bird price for the incredible workshops! This year’s program will feature: 11 show blocks over 4 days featuring a total of 44 shows. A volunteer selection committee of 19 local performers selected 29 teams to perform based on three factors: engaging, unique, funny. Eleven more teams were invited by random lottery from the pool of remaining submissions to give some newer teams or teams without strong video submissions to participate. Also … Read More

Sketch Comedy Duo from South Carolina Takes Stage This Saturday

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NAMELESS NUMBERHEAD is a sketch comedy duo from Charleston, SC with a post-apocalyptic vaudeville vibe. Running all lighting and sound elements from the stage, their show is a character driven satire about you and the weird routines and habits you exhibit everyday. Self identified as surveillance chic, Nameless Numberhead exposes our obsession with voyeurism of the mundane. It’s an absurd lesson on society you won’t want to miss. Unless you do want to miss it, in which case, that’s fine. Live your life. Nameless Numberhead Bio: Nameless Numberhead is Maari Suorsa and Henry Riggs. Their work have been featured … Read More

2018: New Year, New Ensemble Members!

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Finest City Improv is always growing and finding new ways to give its community more laughter, more shows, and more performers! We recently added these hilarious, dynamic, fun loving people to our ranks: On the Cast of A Single Lady: Whitney is a salsa dancing, soccer playing, stretching in public spaces, mermaid geographer. When she’s not schmoozing and or stretching in the FCI lobby, you can catch her on stage in A Single Lady or with her indie team Sand Knuckles! Or as Cienega Chase, a former nun and personal assistant in Point of Passion- a 1970s improvised soap at … Read More

How Improv Reduces Anxiety

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Awkward. Quiet. Shy. Anti-social. If you suffer from social anxiety, these words probably feel familiar. Social anxiety can make common, everyday situations much more difficult. Parties with friends, happy hour with co-workers, or, a dreaded networking event can all cause a sense of dread and foreboding. But there are ways to combat those feelings, and actually enjoy yourself at social gatherings. One of those ways is improv. Okay, okay. If you can’t get yourself to go to the bar with friends, how on earth are you going to go to an improv class with a bunch of strangers?? Getting started … Read More

“Its F**king Christmas, Again!” – Says Disgruntled Elf

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It appears that a group of elves from the North Pole have planned a hostile takeover of Santa’s Workshop! Reports have been coming in from the North Pole about an elf worker uprising. The leader of the dark elves, Herman D. Elf has gone on record stating poor working conditions, being paid in candy canes, and being forced to sit on shelves. (Herman D. Elf , Middle Management Representative, Cherry) We reached out to Santa’s assistant for a comment but were only told that “Everything is going fine, we don’t have any problem with a uprising”. We tracked down Santa … Read More

Los Angeles darling, Celeste Pechous returns to teach and perform!

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Saturday, December 3rd Finest City Improv welcomes Celeste Pechous for a double dose of workshops and performances! Teaching not one, but TWO workshops – “Scene Study” @ Saturday at 2pm and “Character Lifecycle” @ Sunday at 11am. Performing with our very own Jesse Suphan Saturday at 7pm in their duo show: Distant Celeste is awesome and truly has changed so many of our improv community members here in San Diego with her enthusiasm and support paired with technical talent and years of experience.  Get those tickets now before they’re gone!        

Being in the moment with Skyler Lee!

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  Skyler is the kinda guy who makes you smile just by being in his presence. He has completed all of our core classes, currently rocks out with Musical Improv, and plays regularly on conservatory team “Where’s Brenda?”, as well as FCI’s featured show: Attack Of The Rotten Tomatoes. Skyler’s dedication to the theatre is surely undisputed; he even moved and changed jobs to be closer to the theatre. After seeing his first show at FCI (Redneck Romeo And Juliet), he enrolled that very evening. Skyler’s photography and track-scratchin’ skills have earned him a spot on indie team WerKKreW, composed … Read More

Belushi and Stoltenberg take over Saturday at Finest City!

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Saturday, November 11th we are getting a full dose of Rob Belushi and Tim Stoltenberg from Second City! You can find the critically-acclaimed improv duo: Teaching not one, but TWO workshops – “Bad Manners” @ 10am and “Specifics” @ 1pm Being the interviewed guests for FCI house team Found Family! Performing their incredible show, Courtesy Shuttle. Crazy, right? SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. But here’s the thing… tickets are going to sell out fast. So grab them now before   Want to learn more about Tim and Rob? They share some of their secrets below! Workshops with the Masters! These two have been … Read More