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Improv Everywhere: The Subway Spa

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere: For our latest mission, we turned a New York City subway platform into an unauthorized luxury spa.


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No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere


No Pants Subway Ride 2014

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On Sunday, January 12th, 2014 tens of thousands of people took off their pants on subways in over 60 cities in over 25 countries around the world. The above photo is from Beijing. In New York, our 13th Annual No Pants Subway Ride had over 4,000 participants, spread out over seven meeting points and eleven subway lines.

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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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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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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.

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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

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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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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  • 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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    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-dà»m, 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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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    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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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    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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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    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.

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

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

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    From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


    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

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    Improv Everywhere: Talk Show Subway Car

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    From Charlie Todd, Improv Everywhere:


    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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