Sketch-Prov Is Back and Better Than Ever!

Buckle up, because this July, we’re bringing back the wild ride that is Sketch-Prov. Sketch-prov is what happens when you combine the two comedic forms of sketch (written-out, rehearsed scenes) and improvisation (flying by the seat of your pants with nothing but an audience suggestion). This particular class, taught by the insanely talented Tim Short, will focus on taking the skills learned through improv, such as heightening, scene building, and timing, and gearing them toward writing and building comedic sketch scenes. Looking for a good reason to branch out into something new like sketch? Tim says, “Pivoting your skills into … Read More

“Listen, React, and Have a Blast!” with Marty Burtwell

We got to chat with the one and only Marty Burtwell! He’s a stand-up comic who decided to try improv for fun once moving to San Diego, and he decided to stick around (he’s in Level 4!) for the community, support and performance opportunities! About Marty: This left-handed Pisces hails from Vancouver, Canada. He moved to San Diego about 10 months ago. When it comes to hobbies and interests, Finest City Improv tops the list! Others include hot yoga, playing slo pitch, basketball, and he’s always trying to do the next right thing.  

SD Improv Fest is February 15 to 18!

The program for the 5th Annual San Diego Improv Festival in 2018 is approaching fast! Tickets (including VIP) are on sale now, and there’s still time to snag the early bird price for the incredible workshops! This year’s program will feature: 11 show blocks over 4 days featuring a total of 44 shows. A volunteer selection committee of 19 local performers selected 29 teams to perform based on three factors: engaging, unique, funny. Eleven more teams were invited by random lottery from the pool of remaining submissions to give some newer teams or teams without strong video submissions to participate. Also … Read More

“Go Big!” with Monica Royal

  Monica’s story is one of my favorites. After standing out with her shining personality in our Free Discover Improv class, we were so sad to see her walk out without signing up. We finished clean up and heard a banging on the door. “SIGN ME UP NOW BEFORE I REGRET IT!” (I think there were some other words that we can’t quite publish here included in this.) She had walked to her car and convinved herself that this bold, brave, push wasn’t for her, but didn’t feel right without just going for it. Now, she says that decision changed … Read More

How Improv Reduces Anxiety

Awkward. Quiet. Shy. Anti-social. If you suffer from social anxiety, these words probably feel familiar. Social anxiety can make common, everyday situations much more difficult. Parties with friends, happy hour with co-workers, or, a dreaded networking event can all cause a sense of dread and foreboding. But there are ways to combat those feelings, and actually enjoy yourself at social gatherings. One of those ways is improv. Okay, okay. If you can’t get yourself to go to the bar with friends, how on earth are you going to go to an improv class with a bunch of strangers?? Getting started … Read More

Los Angeles darling, Celeste Pechous returns to teach and perform!

Saturday, December 3rd Finest City Improv welcomes Celeste Pechous for a double dose of workshops and performances! Teaching not one, but TWO workshops – “Scene Study” @ Saturday at 2pm and “Character Lifecycle” @ Sunday at 11am. Performing with our very own Jesse Suphan Saturday at 7pm in their duo show: Distant Celeste is awesome and truly has changed so many of our improv community members here in San Diego with her enthusiasm and support paired with technical talent and years of experience.  Get those tickets now before they’re gone!        

Being in the moment with Skyler Lee!

  Skyler is the kinda guy who makes you smile just by being in his presence. He has completed all of our core classes, currently rocks out with Musical Improv, and plays regularly on conservatory team “Where’s Brenda?”, as well as FCI’s featured show: Attack Of The Rotten Tomatoes. Skyler’s dedication to the theatre is surely undisputed; he even moved and changed jobs to be closer to the theatre. After seeing his first show at FCI (Redneck Romeo And Juliet), he enrolled that very evening. Skyler’s photography and track-scratchin’ skills have earned him a spot on indie team WerKKreW, composed … Read More

Belushi and Stoltenberg take over Saturday at Finest City!

Saturday, November 11th we are getting a full dose of Rob Belushi and Tim Stoltenberg from Second City! You can find the critically-acclaimed improv duo: Teaching not one, but TWO workshops – “Bad Manners” @ 10am and “Specifics” @ 1pm Being the interviewed guests for FCI house team Found Family! Performing their incredible show, Courtesy Shuttle. Crazy, right? SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES. But here’s the thing… tickets are going to sell out fast. So grab them now before   Want to learn more about Tim and Rob? They share some of their secrets below! Workshops with the Masters! These two have been … Read More

Embrace who you are with October spotlight, Hannah Jones!

  We feel so lucky to have answered the call when a North Carolina gal was moving out west and wanted to find her new hometown theatre. She has a journey unlike most as she didn’t join Finest City as a brand new performer, but rather someone with lots of experience. So how did FCI stack up against other theatres she had trained with? She attributes our amazing and welcoming community as the reason why she felt so acclamated to her new town so quickly. When she’s not helping us run our tech, or selling organic fruit (seriously!), she rocks … Read More

Games, Games, Games: Have even more fun with our Short Form Class!

Games, Games, Games! Love long-form improv? Want to learn a brand new skill and snag even more stage time? Then join us for our re-vamped Short Form Games class taught by Gary Ware! “Short form” improv is a style all of its own, and it’s tons of fun! Learn the art of short form games and play. It’s a great addition to your long form training, or just for an extra chance to experience on stage fun in a different way. Some of the many skills taught in this elective include: 1. Confidence while hosting and setting up games 2. Ability to quickly … Read More