Improv Comedy Classes and community

Want to know how hundreds of San Diegians found more joy in their life? It’s because they took a leap and said “YES!” to an improv class!

Finest City Improv is the most supportive, community-centric, and fun improv school in town!

And we believe that improv isn’t just for the “funniest person in the room.” In fact, our students make up a diverse range of age, backgrounds, professions and experience. We believe that everyone can benefit from a weekly opportunity to stretch their creative muscles.

Our Intro classes are a great way to get started into our community of welcoming, fun, and charismatic people! The support of your new teammates will get you cultivating your own confidence in a laugh-filled environment! Plus, with FREE admission to shows and a chance to perform on stage, you will have the best seven weeks of your life with us!

Meet some of our amazing friends in our monthly community spotlights, see fun behind the scenes antics on our instagram, or come see for yourself with a free Discover Improv class.

  • Students enjoy FREE ADMISSION to all of our regular shows.
  • All classes get to perform on the Finest City Improv stage!
  • Social activities and fun community!

Beautiful, Freeing, Expressive…
Improv puts you in a place where there are no scripts and no pre planned stories. It is a beautiful freeing expressive act that will put you into a very childlike state, free to be.  You will soon realize that there is no better place to figure out life at.

--Jessica Farber

2017-06-19T11:05:34+00:00

--Jessica Farber

Improv puts you in a place where there are no scripts and no pre planned stories. It is a beautiful freeing expressive act that will put you into a very childlike state, free to be.  You will soon realize that there is no better place to figure out life at.
What we learn in Improv carries over into real life, too.
I didn't know what to think about it after my first few classes, but I'm really liking it, and seeing how it improves my confidence.
Besides making new friends and having fun, I'm also learning how to stretch my comfort zone, think on my feet, stay present, and build relationships.

--Tommie Mooney

2017-06-19T11:11:31+00:00

--Tommie Mooney

I didn't know what to think about it after my first few classes, but I'm really liking it, and seeing how it improves my confidence. Besides making new friends and having fun, I'm also learning how to stretch my comfort zone, think on my feet, stay present, and build relationships.
It’s magic!
These guys are dedicated and committed to fostering and growing improv skills among the finest people in the "FINEST" city! Make yourself vulnerable, get in a class, overcome your fear and tap into your creativity! It's magic!

James L.

2017-09-24T10:06:00+00:00

James L.

These guys are dedicated and committed to fostering and growing improv skills among the finest people in the "FINEST" city! Make yourself vulnerable, get in a class, overcome your fear and tap into your creativity! It's magic!
I fell in love with improv.
I always enjoyed improv, but never thought of doing it myself until last Fall... Initially, I looked at it as a potential tool to help me improve my teaching and become more spontaneous and engaging in the classroom. I figured I'd just take one class for the experience, and didn't anticipate that I'd fall in love with improv as I have since then.

Erin R.

2016-01-12T17:40:03+00:00

Erin R.

I always enjoyed improv, but never thought of doing it myself until last Fall... Initially, I looked at it as a potential tool to help me improve my teaching and become more spontaneous and engaging in the classroom. I figured I'd just take one class for the experience, and didn't anticipate that I'd fall in love with improv as I have since then.
Come out of your shell and have more fun.
After having to act like an adult all day, its refreshing to come to class and be able to open up and "play" like I did as a child. I would recommend improv classes at Finest City to anyone that simply wants to come out of their shell and have more fun in their lives!

Elwin Warsh

2016-01-08T15:59:14+00:00

Elwin Warsh

After having to act like an adult all day, its refreshing to come to class and be able to open up and "play" like I did as a child. I would recommend improv classes at Finest City to anyone that simply wants to come out of their shell and have more fun in their lives!
We all became friends
It has been a joy to take your level 1 improv class! Thank you for teaching such a kick-ass improv class! It was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it and I was amazed at how quickly we all became friends. FCI has what I have found to be essential to any art form - a performance space, great teachers, and a positive community.

Daniel Steinman

2014-10-13T11:39:56+00:00

Daniel Steinman

It has been a joy to take your level 1 improv class! Thank you for teaching such a kick-ass improv class! It was a ton of fun and I really enjoyed it. What a friendly, positive community the FCI crew have put together. I was amazed at how quickly we all became friends!
Instantly have a new group of friends

Shows, workshops, classes and friends. You will find them all at Finest City Improv. New to San Diego with no friends? Take a class and you will instantly have a new group of friends.

Jason Casey

2014-08-10T18:44:21+00:00

Jason Casey

Take a class and you will instantly have a new group of friends.
Improv Recharges my “life battery…”
FCI has become more than a class, theatre, or an institution for me. This little community is part of me now, part of my life, and my family.  It makes my life better and recharges my life battery every weekend.

--Amir Razeghi

2017-06-19T11:07:57+00:00

--Amir Razeghi

FCI has become more than a class, theatre, or an institution for me. This little community is part of me now, part of my life, and my family.  It makes my life better and recharges my life battery every weekend.
Life-changing experience that I’ll never forget.
Level 1 was like flipping a switch in my brain that had been off since I was a child. You could very quickly see yourself growing in awareness, confidence, and playfulness. The other cool thing is that you get to see your classmates' growth right alongside you. It was one of those few precious life-changing experiences that I'll never forget.

Jon Fink

2016-01-08T15:57:55+00:00

Jon Fink

Level 1 was like flipping a switch in my brain that had been off since I was a child. You could very quickly see yourself growing in awareness, confidence, and playfulness. The other cool thing is that you get to see your classmates' growth right alongside you. It was one of those few precious life-changing experiences that I'll never forget.
I Needed Play…
My life was good, my days were interesting, but had gotten somewhat boring. I needed more play, more laughter, and more cool people to hang out with. Finest City Improv classes and shows rescued me from a life of quiet desperation.

--Luci Dumas

2017-06-19T11:04:25+00:00

--Luci Dumas

My life was good, my days were interesting, but had gotten somewhat boring. I needed more play, more laughter, and more cool people to hang out with. Finest City Improv classes and shows rescued me from a life of quiet desperation.
courageous, spontaneous, and comfortable
I started improv to laugh more and to help me socially - I didn't know anyone in San Diego so a reason certainly was to meet people and become part of the community. Improv still scares me, but everyday when I think about how far I've come and how many more risks I take. Plus I do laugh a lot more.

Niki K.

2016-02-05T15:32:14+00:00

Niki K.

I really did it to challenge myself and to do something totally outside of my comfort zone. I'm finally a person on the stage performing instead of someone in the audience longing to be that "courageous, spontaneous, and comfortable with themselves."
I’ve really come out of my shell!

When I first came to Finest City, I was so shy that I would panic when I was put into an unfamiliar situation. Almost a year later, I've really come out of my shell. Not only have my friendships with others deepened; it even helped me land an awesome job!

Elisa Ellis

2014-08-10T17:49:28+00:00

Elisa Ellis

When I first came to Finest City, I was so shy that I would panic when I was put into an unfamiliar situation. Almost a year later, I've really come out of my shell. Not only have my friendships with others deepened; it even helped me land an awesome job!
I never want it to end!

This class has been one of the most eye opening, encouraging, and hysterical experiences I’ve ever had. I am never ready for class to end and I look forward to it each week... It is safe to say, improv is my new favorite hobby.

Chris Jajou

2014-08-10T17:48:45+00:00

Chris Jajou

This class has been one of the most eye opening, encouraging, and hysterical experiences I’ve ever had. I am never ready for class to end and I look forward to it each week... It is safe to say, improv is my new favorite hobby.
Feels like home.
Finest City Improv will feel so much like home that you'll want to come here every single day of your life! What I found was THE BEST possible experience you can have in San Diego and I would recommend taking a class no matter who you are and what you do.

Mark L.

2016-02-05T12:26:06+00:00

Mark L.

Finest City fosters a chill, non-judgmental environment where you can truly have the most fun you have ever had and laugh hardest you've ever laughed.
Extremely supportive teachers!
I started taking classes from Finest City and I've been in love with improv ever since! The teachers at FCI are extremely supportive, creating a classroom environment where there's never a wrong answer!

Lauren Rice

2014-08-10T18:42:48+00:00

Lauren Rice

The teachers at FCI are extremely supportive, creating a classroom environment where there's never a wrong answer!
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made
I was going through a divorce and realized that I could look at this as an opportunity to make a huge change to bettering myself and my life... Love, joy, friends, fun, teamwork,  self-improvement, community, wild opportunities...all because of improv!

Amy Nicole

2014-08-26T11:23:38+00:00

Amy Nicole

My life was changing, and improv helped me find self improvement, fun, and a family.


improv program

Beginner Classes

LEVELS 1-3

Invite more creativity, spontaneity, and fun into your every day life. A super fun 2-hour class for 7-weeks.  Designed for anyone new to improv OR for anyone who has experience but is new to our Improv Series.

Learn more or choose your start date and start having more fun now!

level2
Scenework!

In this level you will take the fundamentals and discover even more playfulness! You will learn dozens of more super fun improv games and follow your fears to find more ease in your scenework. Scene work focuses on trusting your partner, yourself, and the “rules of improv” to simply discover the fun in your scenes every time!
This level has one class show at the end of the term and every student can participate in the student/teacher show, Greenhorn.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 1 or graduate of Second City, iO, or UCB improv program.

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level3

Intermediate Scenes And Montages

In this level you will learn to consistently and effortlessly craft engaging scenes! While continuing to practice the fundamentals of improvisation and learning even more awesome and fun games, you further develop your skills to create improv scenes in groups of two. Instruction continues to focus on relationship, and discovering collaboratively while adding more character, game, and heightening. This class also works on some basic acting skills that are helpful in improvisation and using the stage and imaginary environment more. Three person scenes, more editing, and montages are also introduced. 

This level has one class show at the end of the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 2.

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Intermediate Classes

LEVELS 4-6

level4

Advanced Scenes

In this level you will focus on two and three person scenes, and begin learning long-form improv structures.  You will stretch your skills in a challenging and fun environment as you begin to find you “improv voice.”  You will learn about openings, La Ronde, side support, recognizing themes, and numerous improv “devices”.

This level has two class shows during the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 3.

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level5

Harold and friends…

Learn ‘The Harold’ and other essential improv forms! You will learn how to weave your scene work into a single long-form show. Performance skills are fine-tuned and essential show structures are studied. You are encouraged to make bold choices and act on inspiration with confidence.

This level has 3 class shows during the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 4

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level-6

Have your show!

Design and develop your unique comedic point of view within a show format. Receive feedback and direction from Finest City Improv instructors. Strengthen the long-form structure and put up your show on the Finest City Improv stage!

This level has 3 class shows during the term. Your Level 6 group is then invited to perform up to 3 additional shows upon graduation.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5

After completion of Level 6 you will receive a certificate of achievement and be considered a FCI improv program graduate!


conservatory

Conservatory for Advanced Improv

This program takes graduates of our core series and mentors them to gain more skills, experience, and opportunities in improvisation.

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