Improv Everywhere

January 25, 2009 at 4:15 pm (art, interesting, odds) (, , , , , , , , , , )

I like to see interesting, arty, short films in the name of harmless entertainment. With this in mind, someone pointed me at Improv Everwhere recently. These guys go on ‘missions’ around the world, involving many people in a planned public stunt. The ones that really caught my eye are:

Human Mirror

In this one, they have lots of sets of identical twins on a tube train, one each side of the train. When one moves, the other mirrors the movement. An inspired stunt.

Food Court Musical

In this one, members of the public in a cafe (staff and customers) suddenly, spontaneously, burst into song and perform a musical number. Very well done considering the circumstances.

Frozen Grand Central

This is one of my favourites. At a pre-determined point, in Grand Central Station, around 200 people just ‘freeze’ for 5 minutes on the main concourse. Very good.

Look Up More

A group of them make their way to the lit windows of a multi-story department store. Then, following signals from the ground, they start dancing. Would have been something to see!


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Suicidal Trombones

December 21, 2008 at 9:01 pm (odds) (, , , , , )

Seeing as I’ve been having a few ‘whats odd on youtube’ posts, here’s another fun one.

Suicidal Trombones (their title, not mine) – see clip 1 and clip 2. Some pretty smart moves, although the trombones are just props – they don’t look like they are playing them … although I can probably think of one or two trombonists that I’ve known who probably could play and do this at the same time … mind you, occaisionally, this might happen.

And just in case you think there is something odd about trombone players, these tuba and trumpet players could set the record straight.


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