Improv and comedy fans, get ready for the Manila Improv Festival 2017. Viewers will get to enjoy watching unscripted and spontaneous shows this March.
The Silly People's Improv Theater (SPIT), in collaboration with PETA, rounds up the best local and international improvisational comedy groups in a 5-day festival.
From March 22-26, viewers can enjoy improvisational comedy with over 20 improv groups from all over the Philippines and the globe.
This 5th edition will feature international improvisers from Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Osaka, Tokyo, Mumbai and Brisbane, and showcase Filipino improvisers from Manila, Bacolod and Cagayan de Oro.
Aside from improv performances, the public can also take part in workshops and see exhibits at Asia’s biggest improv festival to be held at the PETA Theatre in Quezon City.
According to SPIT founder Gabe Mercado, doing the festival at the PETA Theater Center is their way of coming home since "PETA was the very first group that brought improv to the Philippines in the early 70s."
Tickets and festival passes to performances and workshops are available through the PETA Theater Center and through Ticketworld.
Venue: PETA Theater Center, No. 5 Eymard Drive, Brgy. Kristong Hari, New Manila, Quezon City
Zmack presents “Snap!”
Show Description: Snap! performs musical improvisation.
The 4th Players (Manila)
Show Description: Tapat (adj.) – truthful, honest, sincere.
T4P4T (improv show.) – The 4th Players for Truth.
An extended examination of truth with The 4th Players.
852 Crew (Hong Kong)
“Welcome to the 852”
Show Description: Long-form improv, heavily inspired by the popular ASSSSCAT format.
The Modern Schemers (Singapore)
Show Description: Lazer Shark is a love letter to bizarre game shows and a challenge to improvisers: what if, instead of a set list, the performers have no idea what games they’re going to play?
One and a Half Men Improv (Manila)
Show Description: Follow the stories of three different families as they try to keep their dysfunctional but lovable home lives intact, all while dealing with a life-changing problem that may reveal how their stories are not as different as it seems.
Crammers’ Collective (Manila)
“A Pusoy Kind of Life”
Show Description: Ever feel that you have been dealt a bad hand? Watch how the powers that be control the lives of our players!
Karate Tuesday (Hong Kong)
Show Description: The Armando starts with a storytelling-style monologue based on an audience suggestion. Players play improvised scenes inspired by the monologue.
Show description: An improvised beauty contest that is neither about beauty or the contest.
“Of Pavements and Waterfalls”
Type of Show: Short Form
Show Description: Five Jasons walk onto an improv stage. Hilarity ensues.
Where’s Mariana? (Manila)
“Lost and Found”
Show Description: See if Where’s Mariana? find what they are searching for through improv comedy.
Singkit Improv (Binondo)
“Chink Outside The Box”
Show Description: Oriental offspring of business-minded parents attempt improvisational comedy as they struggle through the normal things in life, like trying not to get kidnapped and resisting the urge to not simply stab their siomai with chopsticks.
Show Description: Sometimes you just need to
have the conversation.
Show Description: A collection of good and bad life choices put onstage.
Show Description: Welcome to the Cornycopia, a place where the children of the corn come to play and create an abundance of aMAISing laughs!
The Latecomers (Singapore)
“Improv with the Latecomers”
Show Description: Fast and inappropriate, multi-racial and colorful.
Is It Wednesday Yet? (Manila)
“True the Fire, True the Limit, True the Wall”
Show Description: Is It Wednesday Yet? is performing The Harold, a long-form improv format of 3 different stories moving forward together in 3 separate acts.
“Show ‘EmWho’s BO$$”
Show Description: With the audience’s suggestions, BO$$ tells true stories about their lives to inspire fictional stories onstage in a format called the Armando.
One of Us is Drunk (Singapore)
“One of Us is Drunk”
Show Description: One of the players is impaired. Figure out which one.
Dulaang Atenista (Cagayan de Oro)
“No Prob, It’s Improv”
Show Description: No Prob, It’s Improv is Dulaang Atenista’s improvisational act, the only one in Cagayan de Oro, that showcases on-the-spot performances.
Lipstick Therapy (Manila)
“Medyo Parang Keri Lang”
Show Description: Ang grupong maraming issues.
“Turn On the Fun!”
Show Description: Switch will perform scenes, games and a song or two based from the suggestions coming from the audience.
Improv Comedy Mumbai (Mumbai)
Show Description: Improviser will take suggestions from the audience and create scenes. These scenes will resemble the entertainment and drama of a Bollywood movie.
“I came Isaw Iconquered”
Show Description: A mixed band of misfits show you street-style improv.
“Chicken Soap for the Soul”
Show Description: An improvised soap opera.
3 Dudes (Hong Kong)
Bacolod Improv Group (Bacolod)
People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong)
Show Description: Short-form silliness with a Hong Kong twist.
Katipunan Improv (Manila)
Show Description: We’re practicing the development of patient, immersive, long scenes usually initiated by two players.