We were recently invited to an evening improv show in San Diego. My initial thought was that it would be good to attend to see if this might be a fun Date Night or a Girls Night Out option to share with our readers.
I picked up a girlfriend and off we went to see the live show. We arrived in Mission Hills, parked, and found National Comedy Theatre (NCT) nestled away at the top of some stairs high above India Street. When arrived we saw several young kids, probably around 8 years old, with their parents at Will Call. I kind of figured they must be progressive parents, alright with exposing their littles to language and ideas which are usually forbidden for youngsters.
When we entered the theater I realized there more kids seated inside. LOTS more! I thought myself, I must be missing ~something ~. We took our seats, and waited for the show. A man went on stage, and gave us the run down on what to expect. He explained that it was improv, not stand-up comedy, and that although they took prompts from the audience, that it was a good, clean family-friendly show.
The performance we saw was hilarious! The performers doing the improv were really well, and it didn’t appear that there was a bad seat in the house. The kids in attendance all seemed to love it, and the entire audience was laughing out loud throughout the show. I didn’t expect the entertainment to be a fun way to introduce children to the world of live comedy, but it turned out to be just that. As I expected, it would also make a great Date Night or Girls Night Out / Moms Night Out.
NCT’s live performances take place in their theater on India St., in the Mission Hills neighborhood of San Diego. In this area you’ll find many restaurants, including El Indio, Shakespeare’s Pub, and Gelato Vero Cafe, to name a few. It’s a great location to have a bite to eat prior to a show.
About National Comedy Theatre (NCT)
NCT has performed more than 3600 shows in their 13+ seasons, since their opening night in October 1999. It’s the longest continuously running show in San Diego history, and is clean and appropriate for all ages. Tickets range in price from $10-$15 each, and group sale options are available. NCT also conducts improv workshops, performs at corporate and private events, conducts team building workshops, and now offers improv classes and camps for kids and teens, as well as instruction for adults.
For more information about NCT, checkout their website at this LINK. We truly enjoyed the show, and plan return with our children. My personal opinion is that it would be best understood and appreciated by kids age 8 on up. Perhaps we’ll see you there!