Monday, August 4, 2008
While sitting in a New York bar, three college buddies decided to use their acting skills to play out a prank. Successfully posing as a musician soon led to free drinks and the attention of adoring fans. Eventually, harmless hoax upon hoax, Charlie Todd, an actor and self-proclaimed prankster, decided to "create his own theatre" instead of waiting for the proverbial stage role. Thus the beginnings of Improv Everywhere - an organization 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. Check out the antics of Charlie and his friends as they create public scenes including the Human Mirror on New York's busy subway, the eighty Best Buy "employees" who show up to work one day to the surprise of management and the 111 shirtless men who shop Abercrombie and Fitch's busy 5th Avenue store, to name a few. He's also created the Urban Prankster Network for those who want to be part of the fun . . .