“Play Like a Kid Again” with Mandy Griffith – our Community Spotlight!

Mandy Griffith is a Level 6 graduate and a proud member of the FCI community. That’s why she’s our Community Spotlight! Mandy’s Level 1 class stuck together from beginning to end, and now they’re all great friends who might have never found each other without taking that first step… signing up for improv! Learn more about Mandy’s journey through the FCI program by checking out the video below. Ready to have fun and feel like a kid again? Give improv a try! We’ve got a FREE Discover Improv class coming up on June 27th. Sign up soon, spaces fill up … Read More

Take Improv to the Next Level in FCI’s Conservatory Program

Have you finished Level 6 but still looking for more? Conservatory is an in-depth program that focuses primarily on personal growth in long form improv but includes instruction and practice in short form, teaching, and coaching, all essential components of a career in improvisation. Think you’re ready to step up your improv game? Apply now! Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until August 10th. Questions? Send an email to info@finestcityimprov.com. Testimonials from students who have completed the program: “Conservatory was a very valuable experience as it really allowed me to dig in as both a performer and improviser, in … Read More

Level 1 Intensive: All the fun of a class in one weekend!

After incredible success last year, Finest City Improv is proud to host another Level 1 weekend intensive! It’s a jam-packed two days of training August 25th and 26th from 11am-4:30pm for you to get a chance to discover and play with us in a shortened amount of time. Click here to sign up now! What will this weekend be like?We will be exploring the EXACT same curriculum that we offer in the seven week course with lots of opportunity for personal development and playtime. Some of the skills that we will explore include: the theory of  “YES! AND…” thinking, heightened listening, body language, presentational skills, character work, and … Read More

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!       https://vimeo.com/241468737?utm_source=email&utm_medium=vimeo-cliptranscode-201504&utm_campaign=28749  

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