After we set up a giant crowd had gathered waiting for us to start. With a 1 – 2 – 1, 2, 3, 4 the click-fest began and the crowd let out a nearly unanimous laugh – then cheer at us as we thumped and clicked away.
Agent Gallakanokuss dropped the box, and plugged it in to our planted audio cable. Agent Poohead was hiding on the other side of the bushes, controlling the audio with an iPod. As soon as a few unsuspecting people walked by and couldn’t resist the “button” they pressed it only to find out they were the “life of the party” or a “freakin’ rockstar” as the button called them. Our Agents promptly jumped up and danced all around them. As soon as the song was over, they sat back down like nothing had happened.
– No Assembly Required!
– We Want Quiet, not a Riot!
– No Cause is Good Cause!
– No One Cares What You Think!
– We’re NOT Gonna PROTEST!
– No Change to Spare!
– Silence not Stridence!
– Decide to be Satisfied!
– Expression is Depression!
– Public Scenes are a Waste of Time!
One of our agents, disguised as a Serbian Artist, settled down at a street corner and pretended to paint on an empty white canvas. Soon other agents arrived and pretended that they all saw something incredible on the canvas. As expected, passers by stopped and stared at the empty canvas and were confused by the statements made by our agents. Their reactions were priceless.
The folks from Scene Diego gave out coupons for “free massages” in the (always free) massage chairs at a Sharper Image in Philadelphia. They then had agents show up and confuse the hell out of the managers when they tried to redeem the coupons.
The “freeze” craze started by Improv Everywhere’s Frozen Grand Central mission has now reached 70 cities in 34 countries and 6 continents (come on Antarctica, get with the program!) Agent Piskvor from Prague made a very cool map showing the locations of all the freeze missions. It’s a Google Map, so you can interact with it and click through to see the video for each city.
A couple of recent freezes of note include the first freeze in the Middle East:
…and a freeze in Hong Kong where legislators and councilors from the local government participated.
This video is a couple of years old, but it was recently brought to our attention recently by one of the participants, Jad Taylor. He writes:
I just graduated from Clemson University in South Carolina and two Decembers ago we organized a synchronized dance on the library bridge (focal point of campus) in order to cheer people up during the pre-Exam week suckiness. We had so much fun we did it again this year.