People's Liberation Improv
Comedy improvisation based on suggestions from YOU, the audience! YOU SAY IT, WE PLAY IT!
People's Liberation Improv, founded in 2007, is Hong Kong's longest-lasting, biggest and only regularly performing English-language improv troupe. We're based at the TakeOut Comedy Club HK, basement of 34 Elgin Street, SoHo.
We usually perform on the first Friday of the month. Our upcoming shows are:
Friday November 7, 9pm
Friday December 5, 9pm
Friday January 9 (not January 2), 2015, 9pm
Friday February 6, 9pm
And the Hong Kong International Improv Festival, March 6-8, times to be confirmed
What Audience-members Say About PLI
“Thanks guys; I had a really great time last night! My voice is now slightly cracked from laughing straight for 2 hours!!”
- Viola Yip, about the February 2014 show
“That was a great performance last night. I’m not a comedy expert, but the troupe seems to be in really good form now - good interaction with audience and among yourselves. The spontaneous response and flow of very funny ideas made it much fun for all. Bravo!”
- an audience-member at our July 1, 2011 show
“My friends and I enjoyed the Christmas improv show so much, we're making this a regular gathering!”
- Dina Narain, about the December 2008 show
“GREAT show on Friday night. I haven’t laughed that hard in a long time.”
- Lesley Stewart, about the May 2012 show
“...all the audience just kept laughing all the time”
- from a review of our ImprovMania show, September 13, 2012, on the hkELD website
“Had an awesome time with @PLIHongKong! Great people and good laughs.”
- a tweet from Frank McDade, visiting from Pittsburgh, October 2014
And our favourite:
“...could Hong Kong performers move their hips less because their gestures do not improve the quality of comedy performances, are not entirely decent, and serve no purpose.”
- from an audience-member, November 2010
Improv Workshops and Open Rehearsals
Curious about how we do what we do? Keen to have a go at improv? Or maybe you're an experienced improv performer, looking for a troupe to play with?
We occasionally hold improv open rehearsals (one informal evening) or workshops (one intensive day or a five-week course). Join us in some warm-up exercises, learn some improv games and develop your improv skills. All in English. No improv experience required.
If you're interested and you show definite talent, potential and commitment, we might invite you to play some games with us in an upcoming show, and maybe even eventually to become a member of PLI.
Enquiries: Contact pgrella [at] gmail [dot] com (Pete Grella) or Jami Gong