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  • Every third Thursday of the month, we have a special themed night of improv. This month, we’re celebrating Fringe Festival performers! In addition to traditional Thursday teams Subject to Change (9:25pm) and Fullest House (8:00pm), we’re welcoming two award-winning visiting teams: Happy Hour and Bad Habits! Happy Hour is a comedy troupe trained by Second City and Improv Vegas, performing in improv...

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  • More about the artist Tania Kelvin is passionate about creativity, what it’s done for her and what it can do for others. She is a modern artist renaissance woman, who dabbles in many genres, including visual, performing, written, and digital arts. Before and after art school, she's had a unique work history in many industries and positions, from make-up artist to P.I. Her collection of hybrid ani...

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  • 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. Rea...

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  • 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 Au...

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  • The gang of Rotten Tomatoes is going to be attacking the cinema classic, The Wizard of Oz! After seeing this show you’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore! Be prepared to be swept away to the land of OZ redesigned by your suggestions. Will our Scarecrow get a new brain or maybe just graduate from ITT tech? Will Toto finally get out of that basket or will he get to get that beach-front property he’...

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  • Yes, as improvisers, we love to get laughs. So we often find ourselves going for the quick one-liners and bathe in the audience reaction. But, like that bag of potato chips, the joy is short lived and you’re left with greasy fingers. Satisfying, lasting improv is grounded in reality and emotion. Enter, Mandy Price. Her workshop, “Listen to Your Heart: Emotionally Driven Improv,” will get you to st...

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  • Gender is a construct: so let’s get constructive! With an emphasis on finding authenticity through subject matter often lost in stereotypes, we will utilize playful exercises to break from the binaries that bind and draw strong, meaningful connections to the gender identity’s in your life, both in and out of performance. Do you struggle with playing the opposite identifying gender as a grounded, r...

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  • Festivals, especially PRIDE festivals, especially IMPROV PRIDE festivals are a wild ride. It’s important to take some time to regroup, re-center, and breathe. That’s where Justin Condon comes in! Justin will be leading Yoga for Improvisers, a special event just for performers and attendees of Impride. Mindful awareness is at the core of honest improv, and the goal of yoga practice is to cultivate ...

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  • Overthinking is an improviser’s worst enemy. Once you get in your head, sometimes it feels like there’s no getting out of it. But Nick Condon has it figured out! With his workshop, “Follow Your Feet/Follow the Fun,” Nick will help you get on your toes, into your body, and out of your head. Discover the tools to trust yourself, your ensemble, and your scene partner, moment by moment. Learn to stop ...

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  • Is there anything scarier than stepping on stage with NOTHING and making SOMETHING? What if … you couldn’t edit? Scary. But that’s what a monoscene is all about! And Tim Paul will guide you through the fear to create an interesting set without relying on edits to save you. In Tim’s workshop, “MONO: One Scene, No Kissing,” you will explore the monoscene, where you have to finish what you started – ...

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  • When it comes to musical improv, nothing is more satisfying then when the entire team seamlessly jumps on to an idea and turns it into a show stopping musical experience. But it’s not always that easy. In this workshop, musical improv extraordinaire Jesse Suphan will go over many new and fun musical group games and even help you to create your own! This workshop is for improvisers with musical imp...

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  • We’ve all been there: standing on stage, playing in the background while our other team members take the lead. You wonder… am I necessary? Should I be out here? The answer is YES! And the incredible Celeste Pechous is going to help you learn WHY with her workshop, “The Supporting Roles.” Supporting roles are often undermined in their concrete ability to heighten and enhance a scene to it’s full po...

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  • Strong character choices can take your improv scene to the next level. Luckily, Nick Condon will be here to help you develop this skill! Whether you’re looking to grow beyond your stock characters, or don’t yet know who your stock characters are, this course will help break through and heighten who you can be onstage. This two hour workshop will help you listen to yourself and realize how you are ...

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  • Once a month we open our doors to any and all improv teams to take the stage and show us what they got. This practice has helped develop many new teams and led to a lot becoming staples on our regular line up. The next Open House night falls on June 24th and this time we are doing something different! Inspired by Finest City students Tina Lumbis and artwork by Tania Kelvin this night is going to b...

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  • Clear away that June gloom because we’ve got a stunning single lady looking for love. Stephanie May is an Operations Manager for a local winemaker by day, and an abstract landscape artist by night. An outgoing brunette with a big heart, this talented young woman will not only impress you with her charm, but she’ll have you salivating with her ability to describe in exquisite detail the delightful ...

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  • For one magical night, Jetzo – a father-son comedy team from the small fishing village of Nagoya, Japan – will get to live their lifelong dream of headlining an international variety show in America with their comedy hero, Ithamar Enriquez. It’s the feel-good spectacle of the millennium, full of live music, dance, physical comedy and audience interaction. And it’s all happening at Finest City on S...

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  • Are your spidey senses tingling yet? In a movie landscape that’s full of so many super heroes, you need a degree to keep it all straight, we’re going back to the beginning. This Saturday, Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes will take on the super hero movie that started it all – 2002’s Spider-Man, starring Tobey Maguire. The cast will take suggestion from the audience – MadLibs style – to help create an...

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  • Rachael is in her final term of classes at Finest City Improv. She shares that her awesome class and amazing teachers who have guided her are her reasons that “she will never stop doing improv.” We are sad to see Rachael go but support her as her career is taking her all the way to New York City! That’s an awesome YES! And… Meet Rachael! Rachael joined our community last year in our Weekend Intens...

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  • 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 throug...

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  • This month, we’re pulling out all the stops for our single lady, Jessica Clancy!! Mid Century–Palm Springs desert beauty! Jessica is a native San Diegian with a passion for all things fun. Whether it’s weekend getaways, beachside happy hours, or cooking classes, she never stays still for too long! Her most recent passion has been making artesian sourdough breads and hand-poured candles. Jessica is...

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  • Adam Anderson is our community spotlight this month! He lets out his “wacky ideas” through improvisation and enjoys his tight knit class community– often spotted doing trivia or seeing shows together! Adam is a filmmaker based out of San Diego, CA. In 2010, he founded the independent production company Giant Face Films, seeking to tell stories about the human condition with unique visual styles. H...

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  • This weekend, you’ll get the chance to see Ariel, Ursula, and Sebastian in a way that has never been done before – through improv! The cast of Attack of the Rotten Tomatoes will be taking on this Disney classic The Little Mermaid on Saturday at 9pm! The cast will take suggestion from the audience – MadLibs style – to help create an entirely new film! Throughout the show, there will be plenty of op...

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  • The wait has been long but it was worth it! The Cage Match is back and completely reimagined! Officially presenting… The Cage Match: Trio Tournament! The Tournament will take place every Friday in April at 10pm. Teams will be BRAND NEW trios competing for amazing prizes and GLORY! All the glory! It’s not just the teams competing, it’s also YOU, the audience! We are doing a Cage Match FANTASY LEAGU...

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  • That’s right gentlemen, here we have a 2-for-1 deal – TWO beautiful ladies seeking ONE guy. Okay, okay… calm down, and let us explain – but seriously, buy your tickets now because this show will sell out. Let’s start with Sabrina. She’s smart, fun, fit, and loves to travel. She’s an author, a social media icon and blogger, and a content marketing guru to boot. When she’s not writing, you can find ...

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