Last May, The New York Times ran an article about a transit performance piece that turned the L train into a high-class restaurant for several stops. Waiters brought out brunch for participants, who tried not to spill their panna cotta all over their lap as the subway lurched back and forth.
The exhibition smelled of an Improv Everywhere stunt, but as the Times pointed out, it was actually a collaboration with several big name restaurants. We felt deceived! Now its impossible to tell the difference between a no-pants subway ride by Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and a staged public exhibition planned by a larger entity…especially when the two team up together.
That’s what happened when stillspotting nyc– a Guggenheim Museum Urban Studies project–asked Mr. Todd’s help to create a “Sleeper Car” in a New York subway.
Improv Everywhere is the creation of Charlie Todd, so you can blame him/love him for all those flash mob stunts that have now been co-opted by brands like Fox for shows like Glee and for the movie Friends with Benefits. So…thank you? We guess? If this is your sort of thing, definitely donate money to Matt Evans‘ Kickstarter campaign for a full-length movie about Improv Everywhere; the teaser of which features Aubrey Plaza, Rich Sommer from Mad Men, Ben Folds, and Will Hines.