Sidestage Improv

Sidestage Improv was created in Spring 2011 by Mike McFarland and Marina Mastros, two veteran improvisors seeking an alternative, longform-oriented venue in San Diego. Charles Webber joined the fray soon after, and they currently do their damndest to make sure that talented teams can strut their stuff with dependable regularity.

If you’re looking for a memorable night of laughs, our events are pretty much the best value in town. If you’ve yet to spend an evening with us, don’t miss our show and find out what you’ve been missing.

If you’re an improvisor, Sidestage Improv is a great chance to meet other folks that love the make-em-ups just as much as you do. We offer fantastic opportunities to perform, network and talk shop. We’d love to hear from you.


5Mike McFarland is Sidestage Improv’s artistic director and co-founder, and has been teaching and performing improv professionally for over a decade.

In San Diego, Mike has directed multiple long-running shows at the National Comedy Theatre, including The Midnight Show and The Collective.  He currently performs with MAG-Five and is one-half of the longform duo, Mike & Chris. He moonlights as a photographer and typist.



spk-MarinaMMarina Mastros is Sidestage Improv’s co-founder and biggest fan. She is in advanced study at UCB and continues at iO West after graduating iO Chicago’s intensive program. Previously, Marina performed with the National Comedy Theatre’s mainstage team for eight years, and directed their College Team for five. She performs in Los Angeles with Count Gumdrop, More More More, and musical team, Will Call. She hopes for a Partial Credit reunion.

Marina earned her B.A. in Literature/Writing at UC San Diego, and holds an M.A. in Rhetoric and Writing from SDSU.


spk-CharlesWCharles Webber is the creative director of Sidestage Improv, as well as its voice of reason.  He began improvising in 2007, and shortly thereafter  joined the National Comedy Theatre as a member of the main-stage  company.  He can currently be found performing with Startup Rivals and MAG-Five.

Away from the stage, he works as a mechanical engineer, having earned his undergraduate degree from the University  of Texas and his Master’s at UC San Diego.