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Improv Everywhere: Spartacus in Real Life

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Spartacus – Movies In Real Life (Episode 9)

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For our latest mission we staged the iconic “I am Spartacus!” scene from Spartacus in a Manhattan Starbucks. I ordered a drink and gave the name “Spartacus.” When the barista called the name, a group of 20 men stood up one-by-one proclaiming to be Spartacus. The real punchline arrived at the end, when a man dressed as a Roman slave arrived to claim the beverage. The scene was produced without the knowledge of the Starbucks.

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This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Improv Everywhere: Harry Potter in Real Life

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Harry Potter In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 8)

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For this week’s episode of Movies In Real Life we sent an 11-year-old actor dressed as Harry Potter into New York’s Pennsylvania Station to search for Platform 9 3/4. Harry wandered the station with a caged owl and a luggage cart and asked both strangers and transit employees how to get to the Hogwarts Express.

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This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Improv Everywhere: When Harry Met Sally in Real Life

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When Harry Met Sally In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 7)

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For our latest mission we recreated the famous fake orgasm scene from When Harry Met Sally with 20 women in Katz’s Deli. This was staged without the knowledge of the restaurant, though thankfully they all seemed to love it.

Watch the video

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

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Improv Everywhere: Jurassic Park in Real Life

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Jurassic Park In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 6)

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For our latest mission we drove a replica Jurassic Park Jeep through the streets of New York. Actors dressed like the characters from the film asked random New Yorkers for directions to Jurassic Park, eventually finding a T-Rex in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

For more of the story and photos, visit here.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

Improv Everywhere: Back to the Future in Real Life

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Back to the Future In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 5)

For our latest mission we brought the movie Back To The Future to life in a public plaza near the Met Life Clock Tower in Manhattan. A time traveling Delorean suddenly appeared, and Doctor Emmett Brown leaped from the vehicle to warn Marty McFly and Jennifer Parker that they were about to see themselves from ten minutes in the future, the consequences of which could be disastrous. Moments later a second Marty and Jennifer (played by identical twin actors) arrived on the scene.

This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker

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  • Improv Everywhere: The Matrix in Real Life

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    The Matrix In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 4)

    For our latest mission we sent Neo from the Matrix into Macy’s in New York City to shop for a new “man dress.” As Neo talked to a confused sales associate in the mens suits department, over 30 “Agent Smith” clones suddenly appeared, pouring out of elevators and escalators surrounding the area. An entirely unauthorized slow motion battle ensued, similar to the famous fight scene in The Matrix Reloaded. It’s the Matrix sequel you’ve always wanted: Macy’s Reloaded.

    This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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    Improv Everywhere: Lord of the Rings In Real Life

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    Lord of the Rings In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 3)

    For our latest mission we recreated the famous “You shall not pass!” scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, placing Gandalf the Grey on Central Park’s iconic Bow Bridge. Rather than facing off against a Balrog as he did on the Bridge of Khazad-dûm, this time Gandalf faced an even more daunting foe, Central Park tourists. The tourists proved to be too powerful for Gandalf, as nearly every one was able to successfully pass.

    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Produced by: Deverge / Music by Tyler Walker


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    Improv Everywhere: Indiana Jones in Real Life

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    Indiana Jones In Real Life – Movies In Real Life (Episode 2)

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    For our latest mission we recreated the famous boulder chase scene from Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark in New York’s Central Park. A man dressed as Indiana Jones ran through the park with the golden idol as he was chased by a man in an enormous custom-built boulder costume. The chase started in Central Park’s Ramble, a wooded area that resembles the location from the film. The chase continued through more populated parts of the park, surprising tourists and sun-bathing New Yorkers alike. The project ended with Indy attempting to return the idol to the American Museum of Natural History.

    This project is part of our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world.

    For credits, photos and more info, visit Improv Everywhere.

    Improv Everywhere: Rocky in Real Life

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    Rocky in Real Life – Movies in Real Life (Episode 2)

    For our latest mission we traveled to Philadelphia to recreate Rocky’s epic run in real life.

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    The video takes inspiration from the training montages in both Rocky and Rocky II, and the final sequence includes a mob of 100 kids between the ages of 8 and 15 running with Rocky up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    This project is the first in our new series, Movies in Real Life. Every Tuesday this fall, we’re releasing a new video that brings an iconic movie moment to life in the real world. The series is created in the style of our 2010 Star Wars and Ghostbusters videos.

    Mission report with more photos.

    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd, Produced by: Deverge, Music by Tyler Walker, Cast: Dan Black as Rocky.

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    Improv Everywhere: Conduct Us

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    For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.” Random New Yorkers who accepted the challenge were given the opportunity to conduct this world-class orchestra. The orchestra responded to the conductors, altering their tempo and performance accordingly. This project was a collaboration with Carnegie Hall and Ensemble ACJW.

    More photos here.

    Created and Directed by: Charlie Todd: Produced by: Deverge; (more…)

    Improv Everywhere: Mp3 Experiment Ten – Save The Date – 2013

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    The Mp3 Experiment Ten will take place on Sunday, July 14 at locations to be announced near the South Street Seaport in Manhattan. To accommodate demand and prevent over-crowding, we are staging the Mp3 Experiment TWICE this year. It will take place at both 3 PM and 7 PM. Save the date! This event, as always, is free and open to all. For details, visit this site

    Watch video about last year’s Mp3 Experiment:

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    Improv Everywhere: Talk Show Subway Car

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    For our latest mission, we converted a New York City subway car into a late night talk show set. Host Pat Cassels (CollegeHumor) interviewed random commuters from his desk as bandleader Evan Gregory (The Gregory Brothers) kept the car rocking.

    Created and Directed by Charlie Todd / Music by Tyler Walker

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    Improv Everywhere: No Pants Subway Ride 2013

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    No Pants Subway Ride 2013

    On Sunday, January 13th, 2013 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in 60 cities in 25 countries around the world. In New York, our 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over six meeting points and ten subway lines. Enjoy the video first and then go behind the scenes with our mission report and photos.

    If you’re unfamiliar with this event, you might want to first read our history of The No Pants Subway Ride. Since this is the 12th year we’ve done this, there’s not too much to report other than it was another awesome time.

    Created and Produced by Charlie Todd / Video produced by Deverge / music by Tyler Walker


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    Improv Everywhere: No Pants Subway Ride – January 13, 2013 – Save the Date

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    The 12th Annual No Pants Subway Ride will take place on Sunday, January 13 in New York City. More info with the meeting point and start time will be posted to this site about one week in advance. For now, save the date. You can RSVP on Facebook.

    Video from No Pants Subway Ride 2012

    Once again we are encouraging folks in other cities around the world to stage their own No Pants Subway Rides on the same day. Regional organizers must fill out this registration form to have their event included. The week before the event we will publish a list of all participating cities along with links to Facebook events. Groups have staged the event on trolleys, light rails, and buses in the past, so don’t let a lack of subway system stop you! 59 cities participated last year. Check the list on this page to see if one happened in your city last year as preference will go to the prior year’s organizers.

    If you are unfamiliar with this tradition, you can read the history here: The No Pants Subway Ride.


    For our latest mission, we had 100 people camp out in front of a 99 cent store in Manhattan on Black Friday. Participants arrived early in the morning with tents, chairs, and sleeping bags, making it look like they had camped out overnight. When the store opened, the crowd rushed inside and made purchases, buying 99 cent items with glee. Actress Cody Lindquist posed as a local NBC news reporter and conducted interviews with confused and delighted store employees and passersby. Check out the photos and report here.


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    Improv Everywhere: The Mp3 Experiment Nine

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    For our latest mission, over 4,000 people participated in an epic water gun battle as part of our ninth annual Mp3 Experiment event.

    Participants downloaded an MP3 file and pressed play simultaneously on Governors Island in New York City. The MP3 file contained a series of ridiculous Olympic-themed instructions from narrator “Steve The Omnipotent Voice from Above” that culminated in a massive water gun fight.

    We’d like to thank the River to River Festival for hosting the event and SkyCamUsa for helping us get aerial footage with their hexacopter drone.

    View more video, photos and info here.

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