A Community of Comedy with Pride

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

Niki Kalmus Found Her Voice Through Improv and Public Policy

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.

$2500 Raised for San Diego LGBTQ+ Youth Arts Programs at 2019 IMPride Improv Fest

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

Awesome New Opportunity for FCI Grads!

We are excited to announce our brand new graduate program, THE CLUBHOUSE. We got together 20 of our house team members, teachers and artistic staff and asked them… “how do we give more opportunities to Level 6 grads so they can keep learning, keep playing, and of course… keep laughing together?! And, help them get ready to audition for a FCI House Team one day?” They came up with an exciting new program that takes the best of the Conservatory and the best of the “PDI” teams (Figment & Yer Baby) and combines them into one awesome 6-month “Sunday Company” … Read More

Amy Lisewski featured on Find Your Passion Podcast!

Amy Lisewski is the founder of Finest City Improv and the San Diego Improv Festival. As a keynote speaker, Amy helps companies improve communication and collaborations using improv skills. She is also the author of Relax, We’re All Just Making This Stuff Up!: Using the tools of improvisation to cultivate more courage and joy in your life. Before becoming a professional improviser, she ran an information and research consulting business, taught with Teach for America and was a video and new media producer. Now she helps others improvise both on and off the stage. “Make a bold choice, and go for it,” said Amy. … Read More

Laugh with #BestImprovFriends Sarah and Jen!

For our very first double community spotlight, we had to sit down and chat with two ladies who met in level 1 improv and now are inseparable parts of each other’s lives. Both of them joined improv to spark joy in their lives– Sarah’s husband was deployed, and Jen was facing life choices and a need for change. Through improv they not only found each other, but also a newfound confidence and joy. Sarah shares more of her improv journey: “Improv has grown to be a major part of my life in a very short period of time. I started … Read More

Creativity flows with Community Spotlight, Suzanne Bates!

Suzanne’s infectious joy in the improv community is easily seen within moments of meeting her. Improv has opened up her creative flow and helped her be more open to inspiration in all forms of her life. She recently moved to San Diego from Portland, Oregon, to chase her dreams of studying sunshine and cheering surfers. She came with a little bit of experience and a great big love for improv and has found her home here with her class and an all female team called “And She Was”. Learn more about Suzanne’s journey and meet more of our community by … Read More

Engineer by day Spotlight on fun with Kory McKiou!

“There is an unlimited creative freedom on the stage, and you don’t get that with most hobbies.” Reminiscing about how easy it was in college to join new hobbies, Kory McKiou our January spotlight shares that improv was the first place for him that allowed a much needed creative space. Kory is an engineer by day, and less than a year ago, someone without any theatre experience. Now he is a member of our graduate team and many indie teams. In His Words I’m in level six here at Finest City, so I’m taking classes here for just about a year. The skills that you developed in improv really translate to everything else. It made my … 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

Giving Back One Backpack at a Time! with Alex Ordoubegian

Each week, Found Family interviews a special guest and then creates a show based on their lives. July 28th, Found Family is starring Alex Ordoubegian! Alex is very active in the San Diego community both as an HIV Test Counselor at the San Diego LGBT Center, as well as an ambassador for  the #BeTheGeneration campaign to end  HIV/AIDS within our generation. Alex is also on the board for a non-profit organization called Street Bundles that provides resources to the homeless population of San Diego. Street Bundles is a grassroots organization that sprang from the desire to do something about the … Read More