城市街头的搞怪“IE”人 1)Improv Everywhere Pranks the City
Helps to let people stop and notice the world around them with a smile.
Since 2001, Improv Everywhere has been taking over the streets of New York with comedy. Their new book Causing a Scene, Extraordinary Pranks in Ordinary Places with Improv Everywhere, written by founder Charlie Todd and senior agent Alex Scordelis, gives a 2)behind-the-scenes look at the group's missions over the past ten years. It also includes photographs of the many missions by Chad Nicholson.
If you don't already know who Improv Everywhere is, you might have seen videos of Frozen Grand Central, where over 80 people froze 3)simultaneously for five minutes in 4)Grand Central Station's Main 5)Concourse. This has gained so much recognition that it has been replicated all over the world and even on an episode of 6)Law & Order: Special Victims Unit featuring 7)Mo Rocca.
Improv Everywhere is a New York City based group of comedians that performs pranks (or “missions”) to make people laugh.
“We're out to prove that a prank doesn't have to involve humiliation or embarrassment; it can simply be about making someone laugh, smile or stop to notice the world around them,” Todd said on their web site, improveverywhere.com.
It all started in August 2001 when Todd decided to pull a prank pretending to be musician 8)Ben Folds at the West Village bar. He had two of his friends 9)pose as 10)groupies and before he knew it, he was getting free drinks and his two friends were thrown out for stealing “Ben Folds' wallet.”
“I had always been a prankster, but this experience enlightened me as to how far a prank could be taken. As an actor new to the city, I discovered I could create my own theatre rather than waiting around for someone to give me stage time. I got tired of telling the story to friends, so I typed it up and put it on the web. Improv Everywhere was born,” Todd stated on the web site. Since then, they have performed over 85 missions.