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A parody uses elements of a prior work to target the prior work itself, satire uses elements of a prior work to target some other aspect of society.

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Improv Everywhere: A Christmas Story In Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


A Christmas Story – Movies In Real Life (Episode 10)

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For our latest mission, we recreated the famous “triple dog dare” scene from A Christmas Story on an NYC subway car. Instead of licking a flagpole, our character licked a subway pole. Using a prosthetic tongue with a magnet inside, we were able to get his tongue to appear stuck to the pole, much to the surprise of New Yorkers on the train.

This project is the last installment in our 10-part fall series, Movies in Real Life. We hope to make more in the future!

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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: Spartacus in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


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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Sing Along with Dylan

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From Erin: Interactive Video from Sony Music Entertainment of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” just released.


From Rolling Stone Magazine: “Bob Dylan’s 1965 classic “Like a Rolling Stone,” which Rolling Stone named the greatest song of all time, finally has an official video. Created by the digital agency Interlude, the video is interactive, allowing viewers to flip through 16 television channels as a variety of television personalities lip-sync the lyrics.”

Click on the image or link to watch the video. Then use the arrow keys to change channels.

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Read more here

Improv Everywhere: Harry Potter in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


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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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


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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Sacha Baron Cohen Pranks Awards Ceremony

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As Sacha Baron Cohen was being honored November 9, 2013, at the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award For Excellence In Comedy, he, channeling Chaplin, slipped and pushed Grace Collington, 87, an actress who appeared with Charlie Chaplin in 1931′s City Lights at the age of five, off the stage.

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Sacha Baron Cohen “Kills” Award Presenter at Britannia Awards:

via BBC America

Improv Everywhere: Jurassic Park in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


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

Banksy’s Parting Gift

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Banksy’s Nazi-Doctored Painting Raises $615,000 Online
by Katya Kazakina
Bloomberg
November 1, 2013

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A whimsical painting by elusive British artist Banksy sold for $615,000 at on online auction yesterday.

Housing Works, which provides support for homeless patients living with HIV/AIDS, said it received the painting around 11 a.m. Tuesday, when a woman walked into its thrift shop near Gramercy Park to drop off what was then an anonymous donation.

“She said the painting is worth a lot of money and that someone will contact us about it,” said Rebecca Edmondson, director of public relations at Housing Works. (more…)

Happy Halloween from The Art of the Prank!

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Edvard Munch’s The Scream photographed by Kaitlin.

Check out more Halloween Pumpkins Inspired By TV And Pop Culture Characters, from uproxx.com

via Neatorama

Improv Everywhere: Back to the Future in Real Life

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


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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  • Make-up Art To Die For

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    Join Me In Death, by Ignacio Espejo on DeviantArt:


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    via BoingBoing

    Art-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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    From Buzzfeed, by Jessica Misener:


    17 Brilliant Art History-Inspired Halloween Costumes

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    For more visit here.

    No Woman, No Drive

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    From Naomi:


    ‘No Woman, No Drive’ Is This Year’s Best Saudi Driving Protest Song
    by Michael Ballaban
    Jalopnik.com
    October 26, 2013

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    Saudi Arabia has some of the most repressive laws against women in the entire world, prohibiting them from even sitting behind the wheel of a car. Today, brave women across Saudi Arabia are protesting those laws by simply by driving, and brave comedians are protesting by making absolutely hilarious songs.

    It’s not strictly illegal, per se, for women to drive in Saudi Arabia, but they just won’t let you get a driver’s license unless you have what they consider to be the requisite equipment between the legs. So that makes it illegal, to the tune of ten lashes. Yes, ten lashes.

    Saudi comedian Hisham Fageeh posted the excellent “No Woman, No Drive” today to bring more attention to the plight of women in the Middle Eastern country. It’s not only sarcastic and sharp, but relevant as well, with references to the new and absurd claim that driving might damage one’s ovaries.

    Read the whole article here.

    Related:

  • Saudi Ministry Warns Women Not to Defy Driving Ban
  • If Women Drive They’ll Damage Their Ovaries, Says Stupid Saudi Cleric
  • Fake Banksy Art Sells to Fake Art Collectors

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    From Marcy LaViollette:


    Artist Holds Fake Banksy sale, Sells Out in an Hour
    by Andy Cush
    animalnewyork.com
    October 21, 2013

    Banky’s Central Park art sale presented an unusual opportunity: works of art worth thousands of dollars, on sale to the public for $60 a pop. For those of us who didn’t get in on the action (the sale was unannounced and only eight paintings sold), watching the action play out on YouTube was positively maddening. It was tempting to go out and look for more even though the artist explicitly stated the stunt was a one-off.

    That’s where artists Dave Cicirelli and Lance Pilgrim came in. A week after Banksy’s fire sale, Cicirelli and a group of collaborators took to the street, setting up a nearly identical stand in the same location and selling “fake Banksys” –imitation works of art that were explicitly labeled as such–also for $60 each. Forty of the bogus works, which even came with notarized “certificates of inauthenticity,” sold out in an hour.

    “We wouldn’t have sold any, if not for the media hype around Banksy,” Cicirelli told ANIMAL. “That was kind of the point—we wanted to complete his statement about the nature of hype and the value of art. Banksy’s stunts have created a haze of uncertainty around everything, and we created ‘Fake Banksy’ within that haze.”

    Cicirelli is no stranger to stunts like these: in September, he published a book about using Facebook to fictionalize his own life, and he says he’ll invest the money the team netted into upcoming projects.

    “Also,” he adds, “I’m buying a Banksy.”


    Related Link:

  • Cicirelli Fake “Walk-about” Plays Out On Facebook
  • Improv Everywhere: The Matrix in Real Life

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    From Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere:


    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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