over 6,000 shows to date!

National Comedy Theatre

San Diego's nationally acclaimed improv show

The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego’s enormously popular improv comedy show, where our cast creates the entire performance based completely on audience suggestions.

The show has been running continuously since 1999, with over 6000 performances to date, and is the longest running show in the history of San Diego.

It’s a fast moving, hysterical, unique and highly interactive performance and has been proven to be the most fun allowed by California law.

The NCT improv comedy show is appropriate for all audiences and there are no drink or age minimums. The Mainstage shows run approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes in length with an intermission. 

Experience more of NCT

We’ve taught thousands of people from all walks of life for over 20 years. It’s the most fun you’ve ever had in class!

We have entertained corporations and businesses of all sizes all over the country

Bring your team together in a new and enormously fun way. 

A unique set of programs that uses improv theatre in an educational setting.

Acclaim from Across the Country

“A sure-fire crowd pleaser!”
New York Theatre Guide

“Exhilirating…a raucous good-time!”
Santa Barbara Independent

“Falling out of your chair funny!”
Trip Advisor

For more information, call us at 619.295.4999
or email us at: sandiego@nationalcomedy.com

What's all this about anyway?

Shows are typically Thursday through Sunday night at 7:30, plus Friday night at 9:45 as well. Check the calendar for complete listings

For the most part, our shows are suitable for all audiences, with the exception of the Friday @ 9:45 show (NCT Unrated), which is for ages 16+ only.
That being said, we do not recommend the show for kids under 8 years old, as it is an intimate audience.

We are located at 3717 India St., which is at the base of Washington St., where it meets I-5. We are just south of Old Town and just north of Little Italy. You can find us next to Shakespeare’s Pub.

Parking can be tricky in our area, so leave yourself a bit of time. There is street parking across the street and in the adjacent neighborhood. The parking meters are off at 6:00, so it’s free if you can find a spot. Just don’t park in the parking lot reserved for El Indio restaurant.

There are a variety of food/drink establishments within steps of the theatre. Saffron Thai, Rubicon Deli, Shakespeare’s Pub, El Indio, Karina’s, Regal Beagle and Blue Water Grill are all just a few feet from NCT.

Most of our shows run about 90-100 minutes. Friday/Saturday shows may run a bit longer. Typically, the 7:30 show is over by 9:15, and the 9:45 show is over by 11:30.

The flagship Mainstage show, which performs on Friday/Saturday nights is our award-winning professional cast, which has been performing in San Diego for over 24 years. The show is a competition between two different teams of 3 performers who create the entire show based completely on audience suggestions.

Our Sunday Company is our next generation of performers, who present a slightly alternative version of our show on Sundays at 7:30 pm. They do a combination of short and long form scenes over the course of 90 minutes

Our House Teams are comprised of our newest performers, with three different teams appearing every week, each doing their own set of improvised sketches. The teams rotate throughout the year, and perform the first two Thursdays of each month at 7:30 pm.

Of course! We can reserve seats for any parties over 8 people with pre-purchased tickets​

Yes, for groups over 15 people we can offer a discounted rate. Call us to get started 619.295.4999

Improv is improvised comedy, performed without a script and built off suggestions from you! Therefore, every performance is completely unique and will never happen again the exact same way. When you join us for a night of improv comedy, you are part of building a one-time comedic experience!

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