I’ve been meaning to write about this for awhile now, but keep forgetting. My Uncle Jimmy was telling me about this not long ago. But apparently, in New York City, there’s a group known as Improv Everywhere. Their tagline: “We cause scenes.” It’s really quite brilliant. A mission is conceived and notification is sent out to “agents” as to how they should prepare. They’re basically told what to wear and what to, or not to, bring. Then they set off to cause harmless chaos.
In this episode, the agents all wear blue Polo-like shirts and khakis, the standard uniform of a Best Buy floor employee. Over 30 of them stream into a busy Best Buy store in NYC and position themselves throughout. The results of the experiment are caught on camera — both still photos and video.
It’s really pretty hilarious.
Of course, even better than that might be the faked suicide jumper scene set up. Of course, the jumper was perched on a ledge a whopping four feet from the sidewalk. Click here for that one.
There are many other missions which you can peruse on their site. There’s some hilarious stuff here. I admire their creativity and bravery. Wish I possessed either of those traits.
Okay, so as I’m writing this I’m actually going back and looking at other missions and they’re all fantastic. So, after you check out the two missions I’ve already described, if by then you haven’t already discovered the page listing the missions, then click here for that.
I guarantee if you’re at work you’ll kill a whole afternoon reading about these. And if your computer is current enough to have the necessary Flash player, there’s plenty of video to amuse you as well.
Be sure to check out the Mobeius mission. The agents execute a plan in a Starbucks where the same seemingly random events are looped every five minutes for an hour straight. Simply brilliant!