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Pirates of Tokyo Bay return to the Manila Improv Festival

Every two years, improv groups from around the world travel to Manila to perform in the Manila Improv Festival. The Pirates of Tokyo Bay have been lucky enough to attend the festival every time since 2013.

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The festival is produced by Third World Improv (TWI). Set up in 2015 by Gabe Mercado and the members of the pioneering improv group SPIT, Third World Improv is the first school in the Philippines dedicated to teaching the art and craft of improvisational theater.. Third World Improv aims to produce improv practitioners who are authentic, innovative, culturally and socially relevant and a lot of fun.

The PETA Theater Center is hosting the 2019 Manila Improv Festival. The festival promises you the best of improvisational comedy with improv groups from all over the Philippines and the globe. Now on its 5th year, the audience can expect unscripted fun and laughter. Don’t miss these five days of improv performances, workshops, and exhibits at Asia’s biggest improv festival on March 27 to 31, 2019!

Our performances will be on Friday, March 29th and Saturday, March 30th at 8pm on the Viola Spolin stage. Get your tickets at Ticket2Me and search “MIF”.

Below is a (shaky) video from our 2017 performance in Manila to get you excited for our 2019 shows. See you in the Philippines!

❤️ Pirates



Kuala Lumpur Shows / クアラルンプールショー

Can't wait to perform at the Live House Kuala Lumpur! Big "thank you" to the wonderful team at LOL Events for allowing us to be a part of the amazing LOLFest! We are honored to be a part of such a fun festival of laughs. Watch us battle our friends in KL's own AIIA - Artificially Intelligent : Improvholics Anonymous tomorrow and Saturday! Get tickets here: 



March South-East Asia tours!


March South-East Asia tours!

The Pirates of Tokyo Bay are excited to announce our 2017 South-East Asia tour. This March we will return to Singapore, Manila and Kuala Lumpur for a series of shows. It will be our first time visiting all three countries in one month!

First stop will bring us to Singapore where we will provide workshops for the Improv Company and for students at UWCSEA. After working with the students, we will be joining them for two nights of shows on the high school campus.

Then we are off to the Philippines for the 5th annual Manila Improv Festival. This will be our third trip to Manila where have been lucky enough to build a following of fans in Manila. We will be closing two nights of shows, on the 23rd and 25th of March at the beautiful PETA Theater. The festival is run by our friends and amazing improvisors in SPIT.

To end the month, we will return to Kuala Lumpur! Last year was our first trip there and we are honored to be invited back by LOL Events to perform at the hip venue the Live House in the TREC entertainment area of the city. The shows on March 31 and April 1st will see the Pirates “compete” against the local improv group AIIA. This is sure to be a comedy throw-down of hilarious proportions.

If you are in any of these cities, or have friends there, please tell them to check out the show!


海外ツアー最初の都市となるシンガポールでは、Improv Company様とUWCSEA高校の学生さんたちに向けてワークショップを行います。その後、高校のキャンパスで2日間に渡る即興ライブを学生さんたちに交じって披露します。

次に僕たちはフィリピンに向かい、第5回マニラ即興フェスティバルに参戦してきます。パイレーツにとって今回で3回目の参加となるこのフェスティバルでは、既にマニラのファンから熱い声援を頂いており、とても感謝しています。僕らの出番は3月23日と25日、両日とも僕らが大トリを務めることになりました。会場はいつものPETA Theater、そして主催は僕らもお世話になっているマニラの#1即興グループであるSPIT様です。

そしてツアーを締める最後の都市はクアラルンプール!僕らにとっては去年が初の公演となり、今年もありがたいことにLOL Events様に再び招待されました。場所はエンターテイメント施設で新しい観光スポットとなっているTRECエリアのLive Houseです。そして今年はこれまた初の試みとなるクアラルンプールの即興グループ、AIIA様と即興バトルという形で公演します。この機会を見逃したくないという方はぜひ、3月31日と4月1日に会場へお越しください!