Come alone and leave with friends. Submit for Single Rider

Last year was the first year we had single person entries and we had an incredible experience! We took 8 improvisers from around the country and put them together on a team. They put on an amazing show and became amazing friends. This year we are going to make Single Riders bigger and better and “friendsier” than ever.
Our Single Riders will be selected by our Festival Committee based on improv experience, love of improv, diversity, and location. Once selected we will group you together so you can get connected before you arrive. We will help you arrange housing with someone from our ensemble or with some sweet hotel discounts! You will arrive by Friday February 16th for a 2 hour workshop with one of our veteran ensemble teaching staff. Then you participate in planned activities, see shows, attend after parties and enjoy America’s Finest City, San Diego!

I absolutely loved the Single Rider program last year. I had just moved to a new city and was still finding my improv teams. It was great not to have to sit out a great festival just because I didn’t have a festival team yet. We got a couple hours of rehearsal time with someone from Finest City to develop our format and our mash-up show was so much fun! Our mash up group was composed of people from all over the country. We loved our experience so much and the time we spent performing together that we are now applying to other festivals as a team! I wish every improv festival would offer the same opportunity for singles!Coonoor Behal

How To Enter:

Tell us why you want to be a part of the San Diego Improv Festival. What do you love about improv? What is your improv background?

The Details:

  • The committee will select up to 8 improvisers based on your entry, diversity, location, and passion!
  • If selected you will have a two hour coaching workshop with one of our veteran teachers on Friday, February 16th.
  • Participate in planned group activities.
  • Be first on our exchange housing dorm plan, where we partner you with one of our community members for free housing. You are also more than welcome to make your own housing arrangements, including discounted rooms at our onsite hotel, The Lafayette Hotel.
  • Receive a performer’s pass, which provides free entry to all shows on a stand-by basis.
  • If selected, a $30 fee is required to cover the workshop and other costs.

Submissions for 2018 Open September 1st. Apply by October 15th.

submit to the san diego improv festival

Looking for the perfect Valentine?  We’ve got hundreds of eligible and highly flexible entertainers that will listen to, agree with, and fully support you at the 5th annual San Diego Improv Festival February 15 – 18, 2018.

Be a part of the improv love fest – SUBMIT by October 15th, 2017 via the Improv Network.

Sunset strolls on the beach with 70 degree weather and palm trees swaying gently in the wind?
Poolside brunch or late night movies under the stars?
Historic landmark hotel that will help you “date up”?
Hundreds of foxy funny fellas and daring dames?
Short stumble down dimly lit hallways to go from the stage to your room?

Are you swiping right on this love baby?!

We are very open and welcome submissions of all types of improv-based shows.

We love to get experimental… musical improv, clown, sketch… show us what you’ve got darling.  Solo show?  You won’t be alone for long.

Shows are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings with workshops throughout and are programmed by a mix of juried selections and lottery. Inspired by Fringe Festivals, we hold 25% of our show spots for teams that will be invited via non-juried lottery! We randomly swipe right for some one night stands 😉

We are attached to an amazing hotel and for the festival you can get special rates by name dropping the San Diego Improv Fest. The Saturday afternoon pool party is totally happening so bring your bathing suit to work on your tan!

Past performers have included Opening Night (Los Angeles), Robot Teammate and The Accidental Party (SDIF best of fest 2016), The Boys (Chicago), Fancy Boys (Los Angeles), Red Door (LA, SDIF Best of Fest 2015), Mr. Beaver (Chicago), From Justin to Kelly (New York), Dummy (LA), and many more!

Submissions are accepted from September 1 to October 15, 2017 and are $30 per submission.