Tokyo, Japan, October 20, 2016 –  Pirates of Tokyo Bay (POTB), the city's only bilingual improv comedy group, announces its Third Annual Cancer Benefit Show on October 23rd, 2016 at WHAT THE DICKENS in Ebisu starting at 7:30pm. Continuing the tradition of POTB supporting cancer charities, this year we are honored to announce that the proceeds from the raffle and donations made at the October 23rd show will go support Cancer Net Japan. This year, in memory of a close friend of POTB, the show will be called Tony’s Show.

In addition to the POTB regular improv games, the October 23rd show in Ebisu will also feature special performance by talented musician Mayu Toyama, who will share an original song.

Mike Staffa, the founder of the Pirates of Tokyo Bay, said that “contributing to the community where we live is important to POTB and our Annual Cancer Benefit Show is one way we support that community. This year it is especially fitting that we name the show after someone who was close to POTB.”

Aya Nakamura, producer of the Annual Cancer Benefit Show, said, “this show is to honor our friend Tony, who battled cancer for so many years. We hope that through smiles and laughter we can remember not only Tony, but the many people battling cancer and their loved ones. Bring people you love and care about and join POTB in our support for those battling cancer.”

Tickets are available through Peatix (http://ptix.co/1PKMfRY) and at the door from 7pm on October 23.

 The show is in honor of Tony. 

The show is in honor of Tony. 


The Pirates are an improvisational group performing in English and Japanese. Our shows are different every time we perform as we create and personalize each show based on audience suggestions. Improvisational comedy is a popular comedy style in North America and Europe and is starting to become well-known in Japan. The Pirates are helping lead this movement through our extensive work with clients like the US Embassy, ConnectUSA, and the Australian Society of Tokyo.

The Pirates have many friends across Asia and love meeting up with them on tour. Since 2011, the Pirates have been spotted at festivals and shows in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and New York City.


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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Mike Staffa via email at staffa@japancomedy.com.