Mike McFarland

Mike McFarland is the artistic director and co-founder of Sidestage Improv in San Diego, California.

Now a renown instructor and veteran performer, Mike serendipitously began his affair with improv in 2002 when his then-girlfriend forced him on stage at a local comedy club. The girlfriend didn’t last, but she did trigger an ever-growing relationship. Twelve years and some 1,800 shows later, Mike specializes in helping individuals and organizations discover their creative potential through applied improvisation.

In addition to his work on stage and in the classroom, Mike is a creative consultant for The San Diego Zoo and has a background in advertising and marketing.

He spends his spare time bicycling, cultivating a reef, and laughing with his (much better) girlfriend.