The Evolution of the IMPride Comedy Festival and LGBTQ+ Inclusiveness in San Diego Comedy By Jesse Suphan Eight years ago, I was living on the east coast performing standup comedy. I started to become mildly successful in the New England area performing regularly at places like Big Tim’s Giggle Factory and Joe’s Laugh Hut in New Hampshire (that was later shut down for too many stabbings). Comedy was everything I wanted to do yet every time I would perform I was terrified. I wasn’t terrified about performing I was terrified because more often than not I was the only queer … Read More
Brenna Judkins, once held back by agoraphobia, bravely shares how improv helped take steps to expand her comfort zone. Her big improv takeaway… “follow your feet!” Watch the 2-minute student spotlight video In Brenna’s Own Words: “I just finished Level 3 and I’ve been going to FCI since May of this year. I started improv as a means of exposure therapy for myself. I had really bad agoraphobia for a while and I was afraid to leave my house and afraid to socialize. I finally pushed myself to do something that I always wanted to do. I did some research … Read More
Position Summary Responsible for maintaining the safety of the staff, patrons, and the venue. The majority of time will be spent maintaining a good reputation while performing with the utmost efficiency, ensuring quality customer service, and building loyalty and trust with guests and staff. Will work hand-in-hand with the General Manager to maintain all policies and procedures and maintain the integrity of the venue. Duties and Responsibilities Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Patrolling outside and inside venue Checking IDs at entrance Executing incident reports with supervisor when appropriate Maintaining a clean atmosphere inside and outside of the venue … Read More
Niki Kalmus, is not only an awesome improv teacher and performer at FCI, she is a 2020 Masters of Public Policy candidate at UCSD. She was recently featured on the UCSD Global Policy and Strategy website talking about how improv helped her find her voice. Check out the full article in which she takes about valuable lessons learned from her career in improv and her work in social justice.
School is back in session and just before the Cajon Valley School District teachers returned to their classrooms we had the incredible honor of facilitating a multi-day workshop to help them embrace change with the tools of improv! We worked with the educators to help them get “unstuck” from practices and systems that have grown obsolete and get their students ready for the modern world. They made this amazing 1-minute video about it! “We had the opportunity to bring in Finest City Improv to lead workshops with both our district management team as well as our Committee of 100. … Read More
Impride, our LGBTQ+ charity improv festival, celebrated its fourth year this June and has now raised over $10,000 dollars for local LGBTQ+ charities in its time! This year, festival founder and organizer Jesse Suphan, brought 21 improv teams representing 2 countries 8 workshops, raising $2500 for SD Pride youth programs while increasing the visibility of and opportunities for LGBTQ+ improvisers and comedians. New to the line-up this year was a highly popular standup show with local LGBTQ+ comics and FCI students. Impride continues to be a top Pride Partner with San Diego Pride. Most shows were sold out and received … Read More
Jon is an Actor/Improviser featured on America’s most mysterious, most profitable and most frustrated house team, Willis, which plays Saturdays at 9pm. In addition to that, he is currently a student at The Meisner/Chekhov integrated training studio in San Diego and Upright Citizen Brigade Sunset in Los Angeles. In addition to that, he reads at a college level despite popular belief.
John Boaz has been performing improv regularly since 2015. He is a graduate of Finest City Improv’s Training and Conservatory programs. Long before that, he earned his B.A. in Theater from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, and Television. John plays on Finest City Improv’s JTS Brown house team “Willis,” and has written for and performed in Finest City sketch revues “Netflix And Kill” and “The Alternative Facts of Life,” as well as several featured shows. John also plays on the Tennessee Williams genre indie team “Belle Reve,” and “Yacht Rock,” the smoothest team to sail the seven seas of … Read More