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

Michael Davis

Michael is a graduate of FCI’s Training Program and is apart of the FCI Work Study Program. Michael performs on Saturdays at 10pm with The Clubhouse and is currently venturing into his passion for making and performing live music by taking FCI’s Musical Improv courses, and has played previously with Benny and Freeze Frame! When not performing, he can be found spending time working with children and families through non-profit work and as a youth sports coach. If he is not doing yoga or napping on the beach, he is probably watching some form of sports or drinking coffee while … Read More

The GALE

June 29th The GALE will be blowing into San Diego to perform at the 4th annual Impride Festival. THE GALE is an entirely improvised comedy show which premiered on the world famous Groundlings stage in 2015 and has been selling out monthly performances ever since. Created by Groundlings main company member Chris Eckert, developed by Holly Mandel, and directed by Groundlings alumni Karen Maruyama, The GALE features some of the best and funniest queer (or LGBTQ) improvisational actors in the United States. Guests have included talents such as Academy Award winner Jim Rash, Chelsea Lately’s Fortune Feimster, Emmy winner Bruce Villanch, Savage Garden’s Darren … Read More

How Improv Increases Self-Esteem

by JillAnne Aden, FCI Community Manager That voice inside your head that everyone has- is it being kind to you lately? No matter who you are or what your situation may be,  life can sometimes take its toll on your self-esteem, causing you to doubt yourself and your abilities. Have you always struggled with your own perception of yourself? Or have events recently made you feel less than worthy at things you once found easy to do? No matter your position in life, having a healthy self perception makes a huge difference. Self-confidence is a key ingredient for positive mental … Read More

Improve Your Career With Improv!

The word “improv” often strikes fear in most people who are not familiar with the term. Improv is a tool used by comedians to create comedy in the moment on stage. The benefits of improv training go beyond the stage to help those who study it become more connected, adaptable, and present in all of life’s situations. We’ve delivered these benefits to teams at GO PRO, Sony, Kaiser Permanente, and dozens of other companies large and small for many years. We loved the variety of exercises to get us all working together. It was exactly what we needed! Tana Lorah, … 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

Spring 2019 Auditions at Finest City Improv

Interested in being a part of our commitment to showcasing new fresh talent on our Finest City Improv stage? Then come and show us your Yes! And… at our Spring Audition! Auditions are open to anyone who will have completed improv training at FCI by Term 2’s completion, or graduated from anoter accredited improv training school (locally or elsewhere!) You will recieve confirmation of your audition slot (either 6-7 OR 7-8pm) via email no later than the week prior to auditions. Please note if you need a particular time. Please submit no later than 4/17 as we cannot guarantee time … Read More

Hip Hop Playground with Seamus Scanlan

Join us on March 30th from 4-7pm for a one time opportunity to play and learn like a Hip-Hop pro, improv style! This workshop is great for those who want to try musical improv in a low pressure environment, or if you want to infuse #improvswag into your normal performances. It’s all about confidence and belief in you! What you will learn: stage-worthy words and how to rhyme them; fantastic rhythms and how to find them; being hype AF about your choices; finding volume  notch 11 on your voices; and how to have FUN every damn second you’re in the mix.  … Read More