Improv vs Toastmasters: Which is the Right Fit for You?

When it comes to improving communication and connection, there are two popular options: improv and Toastmasters. Many of our own 800+ students have confirmed this, mentioning that both local improv training and Toastmasters of San Diego were part of their searches into personal development. Deciding between the two programs can be a challenge. So, how do you know which one is right for you? Finest City Improv is proud to have a longstanding relationship with many local Toastmasters groups (including some that we have brought training to!) so, we wanted to provide some easy answers to our similarities and differences. … Read More

It’s F*cking Christmas Again, You Scrooge!

What?! You don’t love when Christmas music starts playing in stores the day after Halloween?!  YOU SCROOGE!!! In our 4th annual holiday production we are giving YOU the chance to be the star of a totally screwed up Christmas nightmare! One lucky audience member will be the scrooge of our show and the receiver of the biggest gift of all, CHRISTMAS MAGIC! This show is jam packed with saucy elves, unplanned adventures, hilarious songs, and that toy you really wanted as a kid but didn’t get. And maybe you still don’t deserve it?!  You SCROOGE!!! Join us for this musical … Read More

We are hiring a Community Experience Leader

FCI believes in bringing more joy to people’s lives through improv shows, classes, and community. As Community Experience lead at our new venue in Hillcrest, you will provide positive and effective communication with community members as well as efficient operation of the theater/store/community space.  You will keep our “home” (theater/store/training center) in top running order, from ordering inventory and processing sales to generating reports, to ensuring smooth operation of events, and responding to customer needs. Are you someone that can help us create a joyful and return-worthy experience for every customer?  We’re looking for a friendly and ambitious person who … Read More

Learn the Secrets of the “Yes! And…” Sisterhood

Are you a female identified improviser? Want to work out your muscles in a safe and supportive environment? This class is for you! Each week, you will meet with a different kickass female teacher to deliver to you what they find special and unique about being a lady on stage. We asked Natalie Guerra, currently enrolled in the elective her thoughts on being a female identified player: “Being a female improvisor means being limitless on stage. It means honoring myself, and the scene. I started improv a year ago; and I always hear people talking about how improv affected their … Read More

Pumpkin Spice Love with October Single Lady Mayra Juarez

San Diego native and Trader Joe’s signage artist, Mayra Juarez is a little bit punk and a little bit comic book loving lady who wants to find someone that she “loves and she likes!”! That’s why she’s our Single Lady for October The first Saturday of each month, we recruit a different, real-life San Diego single lady to share her dating experience with a crowd of strangers and embrace the role of being the only non-improviser on stage. On Saturday, October 5th at 9pm, we’ll bring Mayra up on stage to find out… Act 1: Why she’s still single! Act 2: Who is her perfect match! … Read More

Seeking Business Development Associate

The Business Development Associate will be responsible for acquiring new clients and partners primarily for our corporate entertainment and professional development programs. We have a great track record so far of delivering engaging event entertainment, team building workshops, and keynote speeches to dozens of great companies like WD-40, GoPro, Reef, Sperry Van Ness, Kaiser, and the SD Museum of Man. Come help us leverage our reputation and contacts to create more awesome opportunities and bring improv to many more organizations! The ideal candidate will have exceptional interpersonal skills, be comfortable interacting with company decision makers, and have an interest in … Read More

What to Expect at an Improv Show

So you’re about to see your first improv show. Hooray! Seeing improv can be a magical experience, to witness something so strange but so creative come together in front of your eyes — magic! And while it’s good to go into a show without too many expectations, it’s super helpful to know what exactly you’re getting into. Let’s start at the beginning. What is improv? Improv (or improvisation, if you want to be formal about it) is a performance art form where “players” or improvisers go out on stage without a script and attempt to make stuff up! Many times … Read More

Third Thursday is Going Back to School!

It’s September, which means school is back in session …and so is Third Thursday at FCI! Join this group of improvisers as they take us through the hurdles of the hallway. Get your tickets now for this A+ event! One ticket gets you in all night! It all starts at 7:30 on Thursday, Sept. 20th. Don’t be late or you’ll find yourself in detention! Open Jam – Anyone can join! NES Shermer High Gals & Dolls Subject To Change Iota Eta Pie Figment!

SDIF 2019 Location

The San Diego Improv Festival is going on its 6th year and it’s high time (tee he) to get a bigger venue. We are so excited to have secured the Tenth Ave Arts Center for the 2019 SD Improv Festival February 7th through 10th, 2019. An 85 seat main stage. An additional 30 seat stage. More classrooms. A ROOF TOP overlooking beautiful downtown San Diego!  The Tenth is located in the booming East Village, adjacent to the famous Gaslamp District.  It is just blocks from Petco Park and near hundreds of awesome restaurants, rooftop bars, hotels, and attractions. The “Top … Read More

Submissions for the 2019 San Diego Improv Festival Are Open!

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The sun is shining, the breweries are brewing, the whales are singing in the bay, the fish tacos are sizzling, the bike lanes are open, the craft cocktails have one giant ice cube, someone is saying “woot woot” in the Gaslamp District, and love is in the air! That can mean only one thing. Submissions for the 6th annual San Diego Improv Festival are open! Submit to perform as a group or as part of our ensemble team Single Riders. Teacher submissions are now open also! We strive to have a diverse and inclusive presence at our festival so we … Read More