Immerse Yourself in FCI’s Improv for Sketch Program!

Finest City Improv is proud to offer its most robust and performance worthy sketch class yet! Starting in January, students can have the opportunity to learn “sketch-prov”, the process of improvising scenes to create sketches and combine them into a comedy revue as an ensemble using limited or no props and costumes. You’ll learn to craft various comedic scenes on your feet, such as political and social satire, silent scenes, scenes that showcase actors’ talents (now it’s time to get out that accordion you know how to play!), running blackouts, musical scenes, and many more styles. As a member of … Read More

Treat Your Self! Like Jennifer Mason did.

“Choose scary things to do, and the things that happen to you in life won’t seem so scary.” That’s what Jennifer believes and improv was one of those scary things she took a chance on.  A self-identified introvert that deals with anxiety, she decided last year to treat herself and sign up for an improv class for her birthday. Her goal was to get some more bravery in her 49th year. We are so proud of Jennifer and so happy that she is a part of our improv community. Learn more about Jen’s improv experience and how she uses improv to … Read More

One Last LAFF(ayette)! 29 straight hours of laughs!

How do you celebrate 5 years of memories, hundreds of improv teams, thousands of shows, and tens of thousands of audience members?  You throw an improv marathon! Finest City Improv is leaving our current home attached to the Lafayette hotel and moving to a new space in Hillcrest (3746 6th Avenue).  Our very last laughs (aka LAFFS) at our flagship location will be December 15th at 11:59pm. For 29 straight hours leading up to midnight on the 15th we will be hosting a non-stop improv party featuring SEVENTY different shows and teams! It’s an amazing celebration of the growth of improv … 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

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

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