Event Details


February 14-16, 2014


6pm - 12am


Finest City Improv, San Diego, CA

Learn from some of the best!

Saturday Morning

Jane morris   Jet's workshop

Saturday Afternoon

cook county    organizers

Sunday Morning

holly workshop2

Sunday Afternoon

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More Fun!

San Diego is a pretty groovy place year-round.  Our awesome hospitality committee is arranging all kinds of fun activities for the weekend including outings to some of our favorite places like the world famous San Diego Zoo, our fantastic breweries, and our beautiful beaches.

Local excursions

Our hospitality committee has arranged these local excursions.  Simply meet in the hotel lobby at the appointed time for each!

Saturday 9am-12pm  MEET AT 8:45  Explore Balboa Park , a “landscape of arts and culture”

Sunday 9am-12pm  MEET AT 8:45  Explore San Diego Bay Waterfront“The Big Bay”… Midway Museum, Maritime Museum, stroll on the embarcadero, Seaport Village, Little Italy, and more.

Sunday 3:30-6pm  MEET AT 3:15  Witness the most beautiful sunset in the whole damn world from Sunset Cliffs.  Enjoy an afternoon in Ocean Beach.  Stroll the beach, explore the tidepools, traverse the path along the cliffs as waves break on them, taunt surfers as they attempt to thread the pilings of the pier, look for whales off the end of the pier, eat amazing fish tacos at South Beach Bar & Grill, chat up hippies and punks, buy a new water pipe or a new woven poncho…. all in just one short afternoon.    

Join us for a poolside shindig for everyone on Saturday afternoon with drinks, food, music, and games.    Hosted by FCI’s troupe Swim Team.  They are going to help everyone find love – in one form or another. Music by DJ Mike Schramm and Jewell Karinen of FCI.

Our “crib” is pretty dope.  Do people say “dope” anymore?


Fresh Fest T-Shirts!

You get one of these with your “Doin’ it!” pass.  Or, you can get one for $12 at the fest.




The festival is at Finest City Improv, which is attached to the beautiful Lafayette Hotel in the North Park area of San Diego, CA.

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We are located on site at the Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club, and Bungalows and rooms for the festival are just $89/night!

The $89 rate (plus 12.5% taxes) a night is for a room with one or two beds for up to 2 people.  $10 extra for additional guests (free for under 13-years of age).  Max four to a room.  There are additional options for 2-bedroom suites and bungalows!  The hotel staff can assist you with those and you will be extended a discount for those also.


Enter code Improv Fest.

Or, make your reservation by calling 619-296-2101 or emailing colleen@lafayettehotelsd.com by JANUARY 24th to get this rate. Rate is available on 2/13, 14, 15, and 16.  Identify yourself as part of the San Diego Improv Festival.

Hey, Valentine… Let’s improvise!


Sunset strolls on the beach with 70 degree weather and palm trees swaying gently in the wind.  Poolside brunch and late night movies under the stars.  Historic landmark hotel that will help you “date up”.  Short stumble down dimly lit hallways to go from the stage to your room.
BE MINE IN SAN DIEGO THIS VALENTINE.  You WILL remember us in the morning.

We are seeking submissions of all types of improv. Shows will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings with workshops on Saturday and Sunday. Submit your team for consideration before JANUARY 12, 2014!  

Free and Half-Price Tickets for Performers

As a performer, you will receive a wristband which will allow you to get into shows free of charge when there are seats available (at start of show).  Performers can guarantee a seat by buying tickets or a festival pass in advance and are given a 50% discount.  Performers will receive a welcome package upon arrival with our special mystery valentines.

The 2014 submission period is now closed.  Watch the National Improv Network for next year’s announcement!

Performers:  Welcome Info and Schedule for Performers (download pdf)

Festival Organizers


PRODUCER: Amy Lisewski, Finest City Improv

FESTIVAL CHAIR:  Christopher George (AKA “CG”)



  • Kevin Dolan
  • Jocelyn Hughes
  • Christopher George
  • Dino Spezzini


  • Erica Clermont
  • Ryan Payne
  • Marianne Bennett
  • Maya Siegel
  • Inna Zilber
  • Vera Flame
  • Marcus Olszowy
  • Andrew Davis
  • Marc Shanahan
  • Becca Penninga
  • Jason Casey
  • Jason Amunwa
  • Gary Ware
  • Daniel Deuprey
  • Giovanni Tejada
  • Jen Abundez
  • Andrew Davis

Finest City Improv Staff

  • Amy Lisewski, Founder & Artistic Director
  • Chris George, Assistant Artistic Director
  • Kat Brown, Community Manager
  • Dino Spezzini, Technical Director
  • Sergio Lopez, Production Assistant