How have hundreds of San Diegians found more joy in their life?

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.

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!

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.

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."

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.

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.

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!


They said YES to improv!

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 (or more!) 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.


Join Us To

  • Laugh more
  • Play more
  • Develop more courage
  • Be more creative
  • And... even get on stage!

improv class series

Level 1: The Joy of Improv

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!



Level 2: More Improv, More Joy!

In this level you will expand on the fundamentals to discover even more playfulness and joy! 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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Level 3: Scenes & Montages

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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Level 4: Advanced Scenes

While continuing to practice the fundamentals of improvisation and learning even more fun games, you further develop your skills to create improv scenes as a duo or trio while being introduced to long-form improv structures.

Instruction continues to focus on relationship, and discovering collaboratively while adding more character, game, and heightening. 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 class also works on some basic acting skills that are helpful in improvisation and using the stage and imaginary environment more.

This class has 3 shows during the term.

Prerequisite: Level 3

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Level 5: Harold & 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: Create 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.

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

This level has 3 class shows during the term plus a short run after the term.

Prerequisite: Completion of Level 5.

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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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