Volume 15, Number 8
November 11, 2008

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yigit turhan“Improv Everywhere”

"I went to high school at Hammond School in Columbia, SC. I went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). I have lived in New York City since the summer of 2001. I'm a comedian. I teach and perform long-form improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. When I'm not doing that, I'm pulling off huge pranks on the streets of New York. I document them on my website, Improv Everywhere."-Charlie Todd

Have you ever sat on a metro, where all the passengers were twins, sitting across from each other, making the space look like a human mirror with the poles separating the two sides? Or maybe you were a part of the fun when thousands of New Yorkers came together in Central Park to listen to the same mp3 at the same time? Who knows, maybe you've run into the comedy group "Improv Everywhere" when you saw a huge crowd looking up at the sky as if there was something really interesting there to see (UFO?).

mirror"Improv Everywhere" is one of the most creative comedy ideas that I've seen in the last decade. It all started when a new actor to the city, Charlie Todd, decided to pull a prank at a local bar. He pretended to be "Ben Folds" -a so-called new singer- and his friends acted as his fans. After a few hours of chit-chat with the locals (and a few moody songs on stage), everybody believed that he actually was the singer. Then, when his friends tried to steal his wallet (yet another prank), they got kicked out of the bar.

"Improv Everywhere" is great because anyone can take part. You can apply to join in with the fun if you happen to visit or live in New York. If you are accepted, you'll be given a week's notice, and next thing you know, you'll be acting with the group.
I believe a lot of marketing firms will be using them in order to gain publicity because they are truly amazing. If you'd like to watch their crazy work, then I advise you to visit http://improveverywhere.com.

Yiðit Turhan (EE/IV)

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