Hailing from Philippines, the 4th Players are one of the professional house teams of Third World Improv (founded by SPIT Manila). They've united to share in the joy of making things up and they are always at play. The 4th Players will be unveiling an original long form format at the festival!
Coming all the way from the Philippines, 6PM is a group of average individuals who strive to remain constantly vulnerable to achieve the extraordinary. At the core of their scenes is a mix of stories and truths from their own lives and experiences. Expect good laughs (and maybe an inappropriate giggle) from these awkward potatoes who take comfort in brutally dropping each other's deepest, darkest secrets.
852 Crew (Hong Kong)
852 Crew is made up of expat and local HK improvisers who have performed all over Asia. Fresh off successful shows in 2017 at the Manila Improv Festival, Mahua Improv Festival in Beijing, and in Hong Kong, 852 Crew is looking forward to bringing their long form improv to Singapore!
For SIF18, 852 Crew will be using real secrets from the audience, as inspirations for their scenes.
AB Devils (Singapore)
Come one, come all and experience the thrill That the AB devils have to bring to the festival Abhi and Bhav put their skills to the test, (with their team name- a pun that Bhav doth protest) We hope you think they’re totally sublime As they do all their scenes completely in rhyme!
Amil & Kim (Singapore)
Amil & Kim have improvised for many years, picking stuff up from all over the world and then just disregarding all that because play is play. They'll be doing an chill, easy set that doesn't take itself too seriously.
ASAP is one of Singapore's premier improv teams that has performed both locally and in the region. ASAP specializes in narrative-style improv that seeks to entertain audiences through improvised storytelling.
Starting out in November 2014 as a duo, ASAP has grown to become a triple threat in improvised acting, singing and dancing (debatable). Having made its Chinese debut in Beijing's Mahua Improv Festival 2017, ASAP is Singapore's only bilingual improv team that has done shows both in English and Mandarin.
For SIF18, ASAP will be presenting Chicken Soap for the Soul, an improvised soap opera based off suggestions from the audience. Expect drama, deceit and over-acting!
Beijing Broads (China)
Beijing Broads is China's first all-female improv and sketch comedy group. By focusing on female-driven comedy, Beijing Broads provides a platform for women to get involved in the city's comedy scene without compromising their ideals or sense of humor. Made up of members from six different countries spanning four different languages, the group has been performing for over two years. All proceeds from their shows are donated to charity organization Educating Girls in Rural China to help young Chinese women access education. The basic ethics behind Beijing Broads and their shows is finding humor in inclusiveness, while pushing back against stereotypes of women in comedy. Beijing Broads' performance in the Singapore Improv Festival will be their first show outside of Beijing and their first festival as a group.
Beijing Improv (China)
Founded in 2007, Beijing Improv is China’s oldest and largest improvised theater organisation. The mainstage English Players have produced widely acclaimed monthly comedy shows, while the group's free bilingual workshops are consistently over-subscribed. Beijing Improv is a community NGO and all proceeds from Beijing Improv shows are donated to international theater-based NGO Huadan.
Beijing Improv will be presenting something special for the Singapore Improv Festival, so stay tuned!
Crammers Collective (Philippines)
Crammers Collective (or CraCo) was a group created upon collaboration by J Villanueva, and various students who had recently graduated from high school. Most of which later underwent the Third World Improv (Philippines) curriculum. With one and a half years of improv under their belt, the group has grown to 12 members and hold shows monthly. They are still in the constant pursuit of learning, and achieving (being students who cram).
For the Singapore Improv Festival, they will be presenting Funeral Service. Curious? Come check out this peculiar format at the festival!
The Company Players (Singapore)
The Company Players are one of The Improv Company's (Singapore) house teams, and they love improv. The Company Players will make something up, improv-wise, and give everyone involved - audience, players, government censors - a great time.
Extra Rice Improv (Philippines)
Extra Rice Improv is the home of Extra Rice Sessions, a series of shows featuring assorted nuts from different improv groups in the Manila area. Since its creation back in November 2016, Extra Rice has held 13 shows, each with a different cast of character flaws. They are excited to bring to SIF18 a collection of past performers from the 40-plus (in number, not age) improvisers who have gone through their ranks. They promise it won't be awkward. They promise.
Group Photo Here (Singapore)
Group Photo Here may be a relatively young team, but they are not one to shy away from spreading the joy of improv. At the Singapore Improv Festival, the troupe will be looking to present a series of thematic improv games to tickle your funny bone!
The Whatsapes (Singapore)
Born from the urban jungle, The Whatsapes will be monkeying around with a flow of short edit scenes, based on audience suggestion. Join Clara, Aymeric and Rai on a zany journey and don’t forget to bring your bananas!
Indian Improv Theatre (Singapore)
IITSG draws on the richness and diversity of South Asian life, to create fun and relatable content. IITSG itself stands for Indian Improv Theatre Singapore - though the name is a nod to Indian Institute of Technology (IIT is the Harvard of India - and the university their parents wish they could’ve attended).
For SIF18, they will be serving up improv short form games with a dash of masala! Focusing on the South Asian experience - including (but not limited to) overbearing relatives, parental disappointment, awkward dates, and the looming opportunity/threat of arranged marriage, many of the themes IITSG covers are as universal as they are South Asian. If you've ever been compared to your cousins or cornered by an aunty at a social function, you'll probably appreciate what they have in store!
Imfrog (South Korea)
Like K-Pop? How about K-Dramas with the infamous "Kimchi slap?" Imfrog is here to showcase what happens when you mix the Chicago style improv with the curious ways our South Korean minds work. From the insane threats from North Korea to the joy of dancing to the hits from Big Bang, Twice, and BTS, our real life experiences tend to produce some oddball scenes. We invite you to our fast-paced short-form show on Friday, plus a long-form show inspired by the lives of K-Pop stars on Saturday. Fantastic, baby!
Five Jasons walk onto an improv stage. This sounds like a joke. Hilarity ensues.
Improvijason is a 5 man team of improvisors whose parents have very good taste and great name choices. They are a group of fans and enthusiasts who discovered improv together under Third World Improv (Philippines). They revel in having fun onstage, letting unbridled geekery shine through their short-to-mid-form games.
Is It Wednesday Yet? (Philippines)
IIWY [ee-wee], as they are fondly called, are a motley crew of professionals and freelancers from various backgrounds. Together they bring an interesting mix of experiences and stories that cook up an entertaining and enjoyable shows. Much like how they got their name, IIWY’s flavor of comedy is organic, completely unscripted and unplanned.
Since October 2015, this Manila based group of fans-turned performers have fallen in love with improv as a craft and have totally embraced the “yes, and” lifestyle. Contrary to popular belief, they also perform on other days, not just Wednesdays.
Karate Tuesday (Hong Kong)
Karate Tuesday is comprised of four women from the US, India, France and the UK living in Hong Kong and meeting every Tuesday to practice improv...and maybe karate. Their mission is to make sure life in Hong Kong isn't taken too seriously and to share the fun of improv. Oh, and to laugh at themselves.
Founded in 2016, Karate Tuesday has been collaborating with groups in Hong Kong as it continues to grow. Individually, their team members have performed across the US, Europe and Asia, including a breakout group performance at the 2017 Manila Improv Festival!
For Singapore, they will be bringing a selection of long and short form improv!
Karma Cornflicts (Singapore)
A troupe formed in 2016, Karma Cornflicts present their unique take of ‘Mediumprov’. Karma Cornflicts will be bringing improvised goodness that's not too short, not too long, but just right. Like their name suggests, they're like that tasty breakfast cereal that will fill you up, but also leave you wanting for more.
KurzFormChaos is a team of scientists and engineers who play improv in Darmstadt, the Rhein Main Region, Germany. They focus on longform improv with a touch of music. They use Applied Improv in a professional context for shows and workshops to help companies with their transformational projects. They also have their own festival in Darmstadt with a Barcamp Style Applied Improv conference.
For the Singapore Improv Festival, they will be telling Science Stories - a show about Science Fiction in the literal sense. They will follow inventors/scientists and tell the story of how they came up with their invention.
The Latecomers (Singapore)
Late to the scene, on time with the punchlines.The Latecomers are an international improvisational comedy troupe based in Singapore, performing regular shows twice a month, as well as hosting community Open Mic nights and performances featuring various teams. The Latecomers are assembled from some of Singapore's finest Improv troupes, international star performers and Singapore's funniest stand-ups.
The Latecomers will be presenting a scrumptious omakase of crowd favourites and unexpected delights. Watch them mime, gag, sing and act in an unexpected, delightful frenzy of fun, faff and laughter.
Legion of Skulls (Singapore)
Here is a team that began by brainstorming what we never see on improv stages, and what they think might be impossible to see (too strange! too violent! too sexy!). Then they started sharing their own skills within the ensemble through self-led workshops on clown, mask, physical theatre, intimacy, magical realism and external disruptions - anything multidisciplinary and skill-based. They're hungry for a different kind of improv: improv that can be abstract, is always evocative, and ultimately free. And they will be serving it up at the Singapore Improv Festival.
May Contain Nuts (Singapore)
The members of May Contain Nuts are all recent graduates of Yale-NUS College, with members who have experience ranging from 4-years and founding a troupe, to one intense six-hour class. A self-professed new and excited troupe, they're eager for the opportunity to perform for a larger audience for the first time. The Nuts will be performing a short-form game, which will inspire their long form performance.
Les Musicables (Singapore)
Les Musicables is Singapore's only dedicated musical improv team. Story, music, and lyrics are all created on the spot, as they channel our inner Sondheim and entertain audiences.
They will be creating a brand-new, never seen before musical based off suggestions the audience provide. Songs, scenes and sometimes even dances will be created by the players right before your disbelieving eyes!
The Modern Schemers (Singapore)
The Modern Schemers are Singapore's longest-running improv team. They put up wild shows with topics that range from gender trouble to genre parody. For the festival, they will be presenting a show that will be topical and thematic. Watch this space.
Armed with their enthusiasm, Multilingiuni is all set to perform for the Singapore Improv Fest! A troupe that believes in having fun on stage and making sure that their energy resonates onto the audience, making you feel like you are a part of the show! They will presenting a Whose Line Is It Anyway format show for SIF18!
One and a Half Men (Philippines)
One and a Half Men is a Filipino Improv Theatre group which is composed of 12 members from different artistic disciplines, ranging from graphic design to musical scoring. And it is this rich diversity of talent and backgrounds which keeps their artistic spirit alive. They have performed improv theatre in the Philippines for over 3 years now and will tell 3 stories from words given from the audience for their set at the Singapore Improv Festival.
Lakshmy and Pamy first met while playing together on UnDirection (Singapore). Both women had immense respect for each other. Subsequently, they performed together on other project teams such as Singapore's only all-female improv team, BO$$ and the whodunit murder mystery team. For the Singapore Improv Festival, they will explore what means to be a woman in today's world. Through their long-form free-form improvised piece, they will discuss issues pertinent to women in society.
Pajama Party! (Hong Kong)
After performing together several times over the past six years at various festivals and joint shows, John and Pete are finally living in the same town... and are excited to explore various aspects of two-prov together. They have already performed their format in several shows in Hong Kong, and are excited to bring it to Singapore!
Using a single word, John and Pete will explore different scenes and different takes on the suggestions given by the audience.
People’s Liberation Improv (Hong Kong)
People’s Liberation Improv (PLI), founded in 2007, is a Hong Kong-based English-language improv troupe. Its short-form comedy improvisation shows consist of scenes made up on the spot (yes, honestly!), prompted by audience suggestions, in the style of the stage and TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” PLI has performed at improv festivals in Hong Kong, Manila, Shanghai, Beijing and Seoul.
PPT Karaoke (everywhere)
What happens when you create a bunch of random slides and get presenters who have never seen them before to speak about them? You are about to find out. With topics ranging from anything from a quarterly business review to a PhD thesis defence, watch as improvisers think on their feet to give a presentation unlike anything you will ever see again.
Revel takes Singaporeans favourite topic, food, as it inspiration for honest, heart felt long form improv scenes. Bon appetite!
Singapore American School (Singapore)
On The Shoulders of Giants" from the Singapore American School presents "Unscripted"!
They will present a fully improvised one-act play, complete with improvised sets, props, and costumes. Themes will come from the audience as will the title. Feel free to bring props you want them to use during the play.
SPIT (Silly People's Improv Theatre) is the grandma shark of the Philippine impov scene. They have been performing weekly since 2002 and have performed at the Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Bogota, Amsterdam, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles improv festivals. SPIT set up Third World Improv in 2015 as its official teaching arm which has produced over 150 new improvisers since its founding.They also produce the biennal Manila Improv Festival.
Part musical, part magical realism and part absurd, they will be performing a wholly improvised show which will be a mish mash, a mix mix, a halo halo of the culture, the experience, the joy and the pain of Filipinos living away from home and the ones they left behind. The Philippine diaspora is a defining characteristic of Filipino identity with Singapore hosting a significant number of Filipino workers.
Spam Artists (Singapore)
The Spam Artists are a team of fun-loving and clearly morally passable people (Teng Yan, Dennis, Miguel, Pang, Adam, and Charlie) who came together because of their common love of wacky humour, comedy and improv. They will be playing a series of short-form improv games that will turn suggestions from the audience into crazy sketches, jokes and (possibly) even songs!
Thick. Solid. Tight. (Singapore)
Asher and Annie make up Thick, Solid, Tight, a duo out of Singapore that puts on a whole play full of characters with only two actors. Watch for "strong chemistry" and "comedy that's tender" (actual audience quotes) as their form of freestyle will keep you on the edge of seats waiting to see what will unfold.
Vitamin C (Philippines)
The members of Vitamin C are graduates of the Philippines’ first improvisational school, Third World Improv (TWI). As TWI alumni, Vitamin C members have been known to have a “shock factor” in every performance that surprises both new and old audiences who watch us perform. They don’t aim to make people laugh, or cry, but they always try to go after something beautiful as well as have fun on stage.
Yale-NUS Improv Comedy Conglomerate (Singapore)
Yale-NUS Improv Comedy Conglomerate is an improv troupe from Yale-NUS College, Singapore. Started by the inaugural batch of students as a casual group that gathered and played improv games, it has since evolved into a full-fledged troupe that regularly holds its own internal shows as well as performs outside of Yale-NUS. They perform non-scripted comedic skits, create stories, and play games using audience suggestions.
The team will be performing a variety of short-form games - 3 to 5 minute scenes with quirky twists - and mid-form scenes - longer, narrative-driven scenes - that hopefully will make you laugh. Enjoy!