You Need to Catch
the 2017 Manila Improv Fest
By Kel Fabie
Last Wednesday, the 2017 Manila Improv Festival kicked off, and it’s still happening until this Sunday. Here are just 8 reasons why you need to catch it before it’s gone in PETA-Phinma Theater!
It happens only every 2 years.
Last held in 2015, the Manila Improv Festival brings together some of the best and the brightest improv groups all over the world, and with 140 performers from 30 different cities this year, as SPIT’s Kenneth Keng put it, the MIF is “doing more for tourism than Cesar Montano ever will.”
Do you really want to wait ‘til 2019 before you get a chance to enjoy this spectacle again?
It crosses language barriers.
While most of the performers can speak English just fine, even just their physical gestures and facial expressions would be enough of a show all on their own. Improv prides itself in being universally accessible, and the Festival is as nosebleed-free as they come because of that!
It’s a great alternative form of entertainment.
You can watch song and dance routines and maybe even some insult comedy in comedy bars, but how often do you get the kind of entertainment that is completely unscripted and could result in anything from bellyaching comedy to tearjerking drama? That’s the power of improv.
If you’ve never experienced improv, now is the best time to do just that.
It takes “hugot” to a different level.
People keep saying that “hugot” has run its course, and if we only mean the notion of drawing out romantic pathos from every little thing. But improv takes the concept of “hugot” and turns is on its head by making it an exercise in one’s ability to draw everything out of nothing. The spontaneity of improv makes it so much different from your run-of-the-mill hugot.