For Improv Everywhere’s latest mission, over 2,000 people walked “invisible dogs” down the streets of Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon. The leashes were on loan from the current owner of 51 Bergen Street, the factory space where the invisible dog toy was invented in the 1970s. Participants of all ages spread out from Red Hook to Brooklyn Heights, very seriously walking their very silly dogs.
There were supposed to be four armies: Madagascar Institute, the Toyshop Collective, the Greenpoint-based art collective WAMP, and “the bloodthirsty public, banded together in an Irregular Militia.” (Several civilians also posed as pacifists, meditating in the Lotus position even as they were pelted.) The teams were demarked by the color of their armbands (civies in yellow) and stationed in opposite corners, but as soon as the schnitzel hit the fan, all was chaos.
Noise makers and blow horns filled the air, as did a dizzying plethora of condiments. Suddenly I felt like I was in Saving Private Ryan. Men and women in plastic coveralls ran around spraying each other, or throwing chunks of hot dog, dough, pretty much anything edible. A woman wheeled an ice cream cart into the center of the staging area and pulled a hose out of it, spraying everyone around her. Another combatant hid her condiments in a baby carriage disguised as an elephant. Someone with a Super Soaker pumped vinegar into my eye.
From the rooftop of an adjacent 10-story building, people threw balloons full of god-knows-what onto the street below. At one point I looked up to see an operative rappelling off the side of the building. The figure stopped halfway down to drop a cluster of condiment bombs. All the while I ran around squeezing my wimpy squirt bottle of ketchup, feeding off the thrill of soiling total strangers while trying not to slip on a lava bed of spent ammo
Perhaps our most requested Toronto event in New York, we are pleased to finally be able to bring the Dayglo Lightsaber Battle to New York City! Thanks to the help of the New York University Program Board.
3,000 blacklight-reactive, meter-long cardboard tubes will be distributed in Washington Square’s Teen Plaza, where there will be massive blacklight cannons aimed at the crowd! Wear black, neon or both. The battle will continue until every tube is destroyed!
Saturday, April 25th 2009
Washington Square Park SE corner
8:15 PM – 9:15 PM
Free and all ages!
In case you didn’t hear, the Improv Everywhere funeral prank was a hoax for April Fool’s Day. The family members were all actors who were friends of the group. Today they released a video of outtakes from the shoot. The craziest thing about all of this is that the local news covered it as a real event, not even bothering to get a source other than a YouTube video posted by a prank group on April Fool’s Day. Ridiculous!
For their latest mission, 30 Improv Everywhere agents found a random funeral in the obituary section of the newspaper and turned it into the best funeral ever. They picked a man who had very few surviving relatives and then showed up to his funeral to make it truly awesome.
When Garth Brooks performed “Shout!” an inauguration party earlier this year, you can literally see the sound traveling through the crowd as the audience throws their arms up when they here the word “shout.” This isn’t a prank, but I thought it was a super cool video, and maybe someone can think of a way to use this in a prank?
From the Urban Prankster group in Portugal, TodosaMarar:
Arecent mission in Lisbon was called “People are Strange”. A group of 7 agents was disguised as several characters and went to a shopping center for a walk. The reactions were amazing, especially from the kids and his parents, and from the shop employees.
After 30 minutes we get expelled from the center by the shopping security, a group of more of ten! We left calmly.