Food Court Musical, by Improv Everywhere

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52 Responses to “Food Court Musical, by Improv Everywhere”

  1. Jesse Thorn says:

    I prefer to be known as “Agent Thorn”! Or, alternately, by my creative name, “Man in Suit.”

  2. johnfoster says:

    would have been funnier if some random person got off their ass and given them what they wanted. what would they have done then? sing, “thanks for the, one of thousands of, like there aren’t being stored right here, but thanks for the napkins, sir!”

  3. Xeni Jardin says:

    @Jesse Thorn: fixed.

  4. travelina says:

    Bravo!

  5. bobert says:

    That is seventeen levels of awesome!

    And big props to the mall management for their support and opening up the mall the night before for rehearsal.

  6. Takuan says:

    satisfactory

    I have decided to spare your race.

    for now.

  7. wrybread says:

    Good lord that was funny.

  8. Evil Jim says:

    Why do I have to live in the midwest where this sort of stuff never happens?

  9. Jardine says:

    There’s a group in Australia called The Chaser that does a similar thing for their tv show. There are a bunch of clips to be found on Youtube by searching for “the chaser musical”

  10. Clumpy says:

    This is pretty much the best thing of all time. Didn’t these guys do the Grand Central Station freeze?

  11. ill lich says:

    Oh NO. . . my nightmare is coming TRUE. . . life is becoming like a cliche’d Hollywood musical!!!

  12. travelina says:

    @Clumpy: yes they did, and also Home Depot Slo-Mo, which in some ways is even funnier:

    http://improveverywhere.com/2006/08/19/slo-mo-home-depot/

  13. Clumpy says:

    @Travelina: Awesome! We need more spontaneous, non-commercial stuff like this. Whether or not this is considered culture jamming, I like the idea of moving comedy away from the film studios and sold-out theaters and back onto the street.

  14. assumetehposition says:

    That was kind of cool. A hot dance number featuring about 30 mall-walkers would make it cooler.

  15. senorglory says:

    That wasn’t funny, that wasn’t art, that wasn’t joyous, that wasn’t improv. That was annoying.

  16. Dave Rattigan says:

    Bloody brilliant.

  17. Doug Nelson says:

    They should stick to college campuses where they can be appreciated. From the slack jaws it’s obvious they might as well be singing Klingonese to produce.

  18. riddlemay says:

    Since the camera angles keep changing, did they keep moving the “two way mirrors”?

  19. Khonsu says:

    Damnit! They took my idea! We need to see a troupe like this here in Portland. Some of us would probably join right in–I know I’d at least try.

  20. kahomono says:

    Sometimes, IE is brilliant. The Best Buy stand-around comes to mind, as does the Grand Central freeze.

    Then there’s this.

    That’s OK, keep firing. Can’t hit the bulls-eye every time.

  21. wiredurl says:

    Beautiful n Awesome, A Gr8 IDEA to entertain People while they are having meals.

  22. David Carroll says:

    Improv Everywhere owes me a keyboard, 1/16 of a cup of coffee, and a napkin.

  23. Kyle Armbruster says:

    This is the single best thing ever. Ever. I wish I could have played.

  24. Mazoola says:

    There’s also Prangstgrup, at http://www.prangstgrup.com . Some hits, some misses — but “Reach (Lecture Musical)” is absolutely beautiful.

  25. themindfantastic says:

    Every clip of IE shown has been beyond awesome. Not everyone appreciates them, but they do make life lively. To the comment that this would be better appreciated on a campus, most probably, but I think bringing it to the world at large is exactly the lively bit of chaos we all need to see more of in our lives.

  26. Samurai Gratz says:

    Fabulous. Awesome.

  27. Cupcake Faerie says:

    Awesome in the food court. The reactions of the people are a little strange – like they’ve never even seen something like this on TV.They are just a little too zombie-like for comfort.

    @Evil-Jim – the Midwest is the place where they need this the most. This would be considered weird even in Chicago

  28. boyhowdy says:

    The filtering software my school district uses blocks improv everywhere as “Adult/Mature Content”. Did I miss the video about Improv Everywhere’s Mall of America strip-in?

  29. Dan says:

    That guy looking dumbstruck at the players who points out that the janitor is still cleaning up at the end – is he not the same guy who was looking dumbstruck at all the frozen people in Grand Central Station?

  30. bitworksmusic says:

    Doubleplus good!!

  31. DoorFrame says:

    I liked the similar Nobody Sings in the Library/Reading on a Dream better:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mUyvaPtsJw

  32. dannysland says:

    Apart from our performers, no one in the food court was aware of what was happening.

    …because that’s what you want in an audience, lack of awareness.

  33. atomicelroy says:

    I love these guys!

    One thing bothers me though… It’s not actually Improv, it seems quite rehearsed.
    Otherwise it’s great to see street theatre make a comeback in the age of complacency!

  34. Jesse Thorn says:

    Dan — I think the guy you’re talking about is Charlie, the founder of Improv Everywhere. Sometimes afterwards he talks to people afterwards about what happened to get their reactions.

  35. Art says:

    A Talented and wonderful troop! Great Concept and really well done. Thank you for the post

  36. orlemonde says:

    the singingest janitor ever. hot damn.

  37. Chocolatey Shatner says:

    I enjoyed the Abercrombie and Fitch one better… prolly cuz of all the shirtless guys.

  38. figment88 says:

    Improv Everywhere are a bunch of jerks. You should not encourage them by providing free publicity.

  39. justONEguy says:

    This made my day. Awesome!

  40. Gareth Branwyn says:

    When I was a teen, I had this same idea: to stage musical numbers in the real world to make life… well not as surreally numbing and stupid as a mall food court. Thrilled to see someone actually doing it.

  41. mattymatt says:

    Not to be outdone, here’s a bunch of high school kids doing Rent outside of a JCPennys, which seems fantastically inappropriate:

    http://auschglitz.blogspot.com/2008/03/jchs-sophisticats-rent-at-mall.html

  42. technogirl says:

    Just when you think that the world is nothing but crap, gloom and doom – along comes something like this to remind you that there’s still a bit of playfulness and wonderfulness out there still.

  43. roi says:

    Seemed rather rehearsed for an “improv”.

  44. Gloria says:

    Oh, oh! I also noticed that this was rather rehearsed — though this is openly acknowledged and documented on IE’s site — and that this blatantly contradicts the name of Improv Everywhere, as “improv” stands for “improvisation”, which is entirely the opposite of such rehearsed shenanigans! Also, they performed their act in a SINGLE place, rather than, as they so falsely claim, “everywhere”!

    Ah, don’t you feel so much more clever now? A good day.

  45. jjasper says:

    The world is a better place with Improv Everywhere in it.

    All the nay sayers and curmudgeons can bite me. This is art for art’s sake. No price tag, just entertainment for it’s own sake, shared with everyone. Pure, silly, and joyous.

  46. Antinous says:

    It would be nice to see a Bollywood style intervention.

  47. Mark Frauenfelder says:

    Wonderful, and even more wonderful because it made use of the most adorable uniform ever — the Hot Dog on a Stick uniform.

  48. azmanon says:

    Captain, we’ve just received some signs of life on what was thought to be a mossy moon of the sun!

  49. Susan Oliver says:

    Well put, Gloria.

    Khonsu, I’m in PDX too and would love to do something like this. Talk about keeping Portland weird!

  50. Mr. Protocol says:

    To me, the most remarkable thing about this is that they got the cooperation of the mall management and of one of the merchants. They’re right, that made it possible to embed players in positions which no one would have suspected. When’s the last time you saw a singing security guard?

  51. miramax42 says:

    Love it. Recognize a bunch of those talented people from UCB (Upright Citizens Brigade theater) which only proves how awesome they are.

    http://www.backoftheclass.net

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