After noting improv everywhere the other week, I’ve started seeing the T-mobile ad on the TV and around and about, which is a very similar sort of thing. It gives the impression of an improvised, flash-mob style dance routine at London’s Liverpool St station.
It shows what a ubiquitous brand YouTube has become, sort of like how people have started saying they are ‘just off to google for something’ (although I’ve yet to see someone google for their keys … but with RFID and predictions about the ‘Internet of things‘, maybe one day that even that will come).
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!