Last week I got an email from Improv Everywhere (I’m on their list) saying that their new completed mission, Grocery Store Musical, was, uh, completed & up on their site. Since I read/watch anything with the word “musical”, I clicked on over & was greeted with the greatest thing I’ve ever seen: Musical as Real Life. I dare you not to watch this & wish that you were in Queens at that time, living a musical.
I watched this. I cried. I was happy. I watched it again. I cried again. I continued to be happy. And then I took a look at Improv Everywhere’s sidebar, where they tout their book & their 3rd DVD collection (the first 2 collections sold out). I remembered hearing them on This American Life, & head on over to their Press page, where I learn that they’ve been featured on The Today Show (multiple times), Nightline, VH1, the New York Times, Rolling Stone, MSNBC & a whole slew of other periodicals & networks. And then I realize:
Holy crap. Improv Everywhere, which has completed 85 “missions” in 8 years, is a Grown-Up Gig.
Yes, there are grown-ups making a living pranking unassuming people in the best way (did you see the Subway Yearbook Photos, or the Surprise Wedding Reception, or the Slo-Mo Home Depot, or the….OK, I’ll just stop there).
Improv Everywhere describes themselves as causing “scenes of chaos and joy in public places.” And they get paid to do it. What can you get paid to do?