San Diego's Legendary Comedy Show


San Diego's Longest Running Show

For over two decades, the National Comedy Theatre has been entertaining audiences of all sizes and types across the nation with our unique brand of interactive, improv comedy.

The National Comedy Theatre San Diego show is an improv comedy performance featuring professional comedians who create a series of scenes – all based on audience suggestions. Most of our shows are clean and appropriate for all audiences.


What we Do

National Comedy Theatre is the premiere destination for all things improv comedy in San Diego!
Comedy Shows

Every Thursday through Sunday we have shows starting at 7:30 with a mix of casts and styles.

Improv Classes

Think you'd enjoy doing what we do on stage? We think you would too! Sign up for classes to get started


Did you know improv comedy can improve cross-functional performance & cohesion? Well, now you do.

Private Events

Add laughs to any corporate or private event with National Comedy Theatre's professional cast!


Meet our Casts

Offering a variety of improvised, on-the-spot comedy for 25 years!
NCT Cast
NCT MainStage

Fridays & Saturdays @ 7:30 pm
Fridays @ 9:45 - NCT UnRated

Sunday Company

Sundays @ 7:30

House Teams

First two Thursdays of each month @ 7:30

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Where we are


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Ready for Prime Time

Since I started doing improv when I was a freshman in high school, there was always a group within the company or group that I knew I wanted to perform with. As a younger performer, you look up to these people and want to get to a level that allows

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A quarter century of laughs

I got into San Diego improv about 40 years ago. Things were a little different in the 80s.  If you Googled “improv” back then, you would have been doing something strange… The internet didn’t exist, nor Whose Line Is It Anyways.  There was no improv scene here, no regular troupes

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Fresh Choice

Years ago, I decided to transition from graphic design to a new career (a fresh choice). I decided to become a voice talent — an industry I have enjoyed for over ten years. Now, I often get people asking me how to get started in voiceover. An acquaintance who was

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The Business of Funny

A day in the life of managing NCT is like grabbing a slice of ultra, mega, ultimate, extreme, everything pizza—there is no telling which toppings I’ll get. It’s dust and grit, grease and paint, spreadsheets and meetings, creation and elimination, fixing lights and cleaning the toilet, ticketing systems and class registrations,

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Stage Fright

The Book of Lists reports public speaking to be the top fear of Americans. This is followed closely in order by: heights, insects, financial problems, deep water, sickness and finally death (barely edging out fear of flying).What is it about public speaking that scares so many people? And how can

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Thoughts on Re-opening

In 1642, Parliament ordered the closing of all London theaters due to a combination of civil war and strict Puritanism (it’s always the Puritans, am I right?). They didn’t reopen for another 18 years until Charles II ordered the restoration of theater at the beginning of his reign.  I’m very

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