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Address: 3717 India St., San Diego, CA 92103
Phone Number:
+1 619-295-4999
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Sun 19:30 - 21:00
Thu 19:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 19:30 - 23:30

The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego's nationally acclaimed improv...

The National Comedy Theatre is San Diego's nationally acclaimed improv comedy show and the longest running show in the history of the city. Performances every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

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Seriously funny!

NCT never fails to delight. It's Improv, not stand-up comedy, which imho makes it much funnnier. The audience is part of the show, which is fun, too. There were all ages at the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Nancy M
Coronado, California
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Coronado, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

NCT never fails to delight. It's Improv, not stand-up comedy, which imho makes it much funnnier. The audience is part of the show, which is fun, too. There were all ages at the show I was at, from kids to grandparents -- and EVERYONE was laughing! It's a great date night, going out with the girls night, taking the kids... More 

Thank Nancy M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The National Comedy Theatre is a true treasure. We attended the late Sat. Improv show and were absolutely wowed by the comedians/actors and their level of abilities and how top notch their performances were. The setting is quaint and the concessions are NOT outrageous! This is a great treat that is also safe for the entire family. Highly recommend attending... More 

Thank Charles M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

This is a great 60-90 minute show of live comedy all made up on the spot by the performers based on suggestions from the audience. A super talented cast put on great shows all weekend evenings. It's all ages, so there's no profanity -- and they don't need it, frankly, they're very funny without it. It's always creative and funny.... More 

Thank Ernest G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

This was my 5th time seeing a show at the NCT. It really never disappoints. Since this is improv comedy, there are a lot of variables and different cast members, but it's reliably entertaining and a fun way to spend an evening. The 7:30 and 9:30 shows are family-friendly with content that can't offend, but still super funny. I came... More 

Thank Melanie M
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We visited last night and went to the 9.45pm show and we were very disappointed, so much so that we left 30 minutes into the show. It was like watching a Nickelodeon Junior TV show, I'm sure it would be good for kids but for adults? Absolutely terrible. We asked for a refund on tickets but was told the tickets... More 

Thank RhianSPugh
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Good show and the best part is that you never really know what your'e going to get. The improve nature of the show is uncomfortable at times but that is what makes it so good. You get to see people be witty and funny and creative on a seconds notice. I Appreciated the fact that it is a show that... More 

Thank Lloyd P
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

This is great improv comedy via games (not pre-rehearsed sketches). They are drawing on audience suggestions and participation. Lots of fun!

Thank Joelterrijohnson
Boston, MA
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

The reviews for NCT San Diego here on Tripadvisor were great, and NCT I believe is associated with the Comedysportz chain which here in our hometown of Milwaukee has been rock solid wonderful the 3 times we've gone. So we had high hopes for NCT San Diego that it unfortunately did not live up to at all. One problem was... More 

Thank z726beth
Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

Enjoyed some good laughs with 5 or 6 other friends. Priced well, and avoided trashy jokes. This thing thrives on audience participation. I wouldn't travel internationally to go here, but for a local girl, it's worth the night out! There are great places to eat within walking distance. Plan for an extra 10-20 minutes to find parking and walk.

Thank sunnysandiegodays
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016 via mobile

I am so glad we came to the show! It was so funny. Lots of talent here. Our group threw out some crazy and inappropriate suggestions and the teams took them all on. My favorite game was Deaf Leprechaun. It was its debut. Wish the Ref /Gary would add it to the bucket. We will be back next trip and... More 

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