National Comedy Theatre, The Most Laughs San Diego Has to Offer
San Diego is a city known for many things: beautiful beaches, great surf, impeccable tans, fabulous nightlife - basically everything you want in a vacation. And what vacation is complete without a few good laughs?
You can get in a good laugh among friends at the bar or trying out stand-up paddle boarding for the first time, but if it’s a real laugh you’re looking for in San Diego, it’s best to call in the professionals. From experience, there’s no better place to turn to for a genuine comedy show than National Comedy Theatre.
Each night, a cast of improv actors are split up into teams, each competing for the most laughs. These improv shows are comprised of skits, and the topics of each skit are largely determined by the audience members as the host asks a question and someone in the audience gives a suggestion. From there, the performers act out the scene. This isn’t the only way the audience gets to participate, however, as they also call audience members up on stage to participate. On this particular Friday night, two people got up on stage during the performance. It’s funnier when there’s someone you know up there, so volunteering your friends is a way to up the enjoyment for all. Either way, the entire crowd was roaring in laughter from start to finish.
This is a great idea for an inexpensive and unforgettable date night, a night out with friends, or even a night out with your family. When many people think of comedy, they think of harsh language and crude jokes. That is not what the National Comedy Theatre is about. This is a family show, and people of all ages will get a laugh out of it. From the beginning, the host even points out that actors who slip up and curse or get too raunchy get penalized. This is clean comedy, but don’t let that scare you into thinking that it’s not funny, because the show is genuinely hilarious.
The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, and on Fridays and Saturdays there are two shows. The earlier show on a Friday night was packed. That said, it’s definitely a good idea to get there early for a good seat (20 minutes early got us the best seat in the house), but it’s also advised to get there early to buy tickets. They do sell tickets online for no extra cost, so if you know which show you want to see in advance, you might as well snag some online so that you’re sure you’ll get in. Another reason to arrive early is for the sake of parking, as India Street doesn’t have a lot to offer in that department, so be prepared for that if you’re driving.
Once you’re in, don’t pass up the beer and candy selection. Their beer selection is great, and very reasonably priced. And for the beer snobs who came to San Diego to drink nothing but the best, there are plenty of places nearby to grab a drink before or after the show. The Regal Beagle is just steps away, and always has a great line up of craft beers. Happy hour there from 3-6 is a great idea for those who want to grab a few and hang out for a bit before the 7:30 show. There are quite a few great options just a short walk away, and Little Italy is just down the road, where you can find more bars and San Diego restaurants.
Overall, this is a show that no fun-loving San Diegan or tourist should pass up. They don’t offer the scandalous and raunchy humor many other comedians boast, but this honestly works to the shows benefit. It’s a show that you can see once, but you’ll probably want to go again since the show is different every time, and funny all the time (from what we heard, and certainly believe).
National Comedy Theatre
3717 India St (between Winder St & Washington St)
Friday and Saturday: 7:30 and 9:45 and once a month they have a midnight show on Saturdays with no censorship
Sunday: 7:30 and then once a month at 9pm for College Night