This MP3 Experiment Shows What 2,000 Smartphone Speakers Sound Like

Improv Everywhere is an NYC-based guerrilla prank group who's various missions have included planning a massive Best Buy infiltration and turning a busy New York subway stop into an underground spa. For their latest social experiment, the team gave 2,000 people instructions via headphones, severely confusing local… » 9/30/14 1:52pm 9/30/14 1:52pm

Hot NYC subway station transformed into spa

Anyone who has used the NYC subway in summer knows that train stations can get as hot as the hottest sauna. The guys at Improv Everywhere decided to help commuters embrace the heat by transforming one of the hottest subway platforms in NYC into a spa for a few hours. » 8/06/14 11:20pm 8/06/14 11:20pm

Sadly, People Who Walk and Text Could Actually Use This

Anyone who has tried to navigate down a busy sidewalk while dodging people who are obliviously looking down at their phones will appreciate this latest prank by ImprovEverywhere. Their latest mission in New York City was to pose as municipal workers, with orange "Department of Transportation" vests, and act as… » 4/30/13 1:08pm 4/30/13 1:08pm

Grand Central Terminal Got an Impromptu LED Light Show for Its 100th…

Most of us love the light shows splashed across the sides of buildings for Christmas or Columbus Day or other events. They're adorable! Here's Improv Everywhere taking a timeout from the usual business of, well, confusing everyone around them to put on a light show for Grand Central's 100th birthday. » 2/05/13 12:56pm 2/05/13 12:56pm

The Massive Black Friday Dollar Store Line Prank

Waiting outside of Best Buy? Cliché. Furiously refreshing Amazon? Amateur. The real Black Friday pros this year lined up outside of a Manhattan dollar store. Or at least, that's what Improv Everywhere would have you believe. » 11/26/12 11:20am 11/26/12 11:20am

Watch 4,000 People Silently Stage an Olympic-Sized Water Gun Fight

If you're not big into the summer Olympics because track and field just doesn't get you going, infamous pranksters Improv Everywhere have a nice alternative for you. Their latest MP3 experiment takes on the Olympic games in a characteristically bewildering style. » 7/30/12 12:20pm 7/30/12 12:20pm

What Happens When You Set Off Every Car Alarm in a Parking Lot at Once?

What would you do if you were in some random parking lot—Lowe's, let's say—and all of a sudden dozens of car alarms started going off at once? Would you shrug it off like the dead-to-everything city dweller you are? Maybe duck and run and wet yourself because Galactus is obviously coming to devour our planet? Improv… » 6/04/12 10:40am 6/04/12 10:40am

When Spinning Beach Balls of Death Attack in Real Life

Improv Everywhere! They're the best. Especially when they pull off large-scale pranks at events used to a certain degree of solemnity and self-importance. Like, say, TED. Here, Charlie Todd and his merry band present the most disruptive spinning beach ball of death of all time in the middle of a staged TED keynote.… » 3/10/12 12:30pm 3/10/12 12:30pm

When You Put a Megaphone in the Middle of New York City, People Will…

Yes, the megaphone was attached to a podium that said "Say Something Nice", but you half expect some New York jackass to hijack the megaphone and curse everybody out (maybe it was edited out!). But seriously, watching this will brighten up your Monday. » 8/22/11 4:40pm 8/22/11 4:40pm

Watch 3,500 Strangers Silently Follow Instructions from the Same MP3

Over 3,500 people marched along Manhattan's Hudson River recently, converging from two separate starting points on Nelson Rockefeller Park. And then? Then they had a massive glowstick dance party. That's right: it's another Improv Everywhere MP3 Experiment. » 7/25/11 1:20pm 7/25/11 1:20pm

I Wish the World Had a Mute Button for Real

After wanting to use a grenade launcher on the ice cream truck parked near my house this weekend, I wish this video wasn't a stunt by Improv Everywhere. I definitely want a real life mute button. » 5/31/11 2:30pm 5/31/11 2:30pm

Improv Everywhere Enlivens the Dreariest Place on Earth

My goodness, is there anything more joyless than a social media conference? Well, okay, probably yes if you're the type of person to take things hyper-literally. But! For the rest of us, Improv Everywhere's mischievous band of insta-musical revelers couldn't have picked a better target than Gel 2011. » 5/09/11 5:00pm 5/09/11 5:00pm

Improv Everywhere's 8 Geekiest Stunts

Maybe you caught Improv Everywhere's MP3 Experiment this morning, or maybe you're familiar with their No Pants Subway Rides. But Charlie Todd's merry band of pranksters have been putting together these large-scale missions for years. Here are our geekified favorites: » 10/12/10 6:00pm 10/12/10 6:00pm

Watch 3,000 People Silently Take Orders From the Same MP3

Over 3,000 people descended on midtown Manhattan in lockstep recently, then collectively took the party to Bryant Park. Along the way they tidied, slow-danced, and high-fived in perfect synchronicity. That's right: it's another Improv Everywhere MP3 Experiment. » 10/12/10 12:00pm 10/12/10 12:00pm

The Ghostbusters Return to the New York Public Library

Sure, the ghost special effects somehow have gotten worse in the last 20 years, but it's pretty much impossible to not be charmed by the Ghostbusters returning to the New York Public Library. [Improv Everywhere] » 5/18/10 12:40pm 5/18/10 12:40pm

Prank Musical Uses 7 Secret, Joystick-Controlled Cameras to Capture the…

Famed internet pranksters Improv Everywhere just posted their latest "mission," a musical about the joys of lunch sung inside the atrium of Trump Tower. But this time, they got to record it using a boatload of NBC's high-tech gear. » 11/06/09 12:20pm 11/06/09 12:20pm

2,000 People All Silently Take Instructions From the Same MP3

The wonderful Improv Everywhere just posted the report from its 6th MP3 Experiment, where 2,000 people all got together and listened to the same instructional MP3. It looked like a crazy amount of fun. » 6/15/09 4:20pm 6/15/09 4:20pm

Sony Blatantly Rips Off Improv Everywhere For Crappy 'Viral' Ad

You've probably seen Improv Everywhere's amazing Frozen Grand Central video — it's gotten over 15,000,000 YouTube views. Apparently, so has Sony, because they totally ripped it off without asking permission or giving credit. Weasels. » 2/06/09 4:34pm 2/06/09 4:34pm

Improv Everywhere Creates Epic Balloon Battles Using MP3 Players

Improv Everywhere » 10/20/08 2:15pm 10/20/08 2:15pm, the pranksters behind such internet classics as the and the , recently did a tour of four North American cities to hold their MP3 experiments. These consisted of thousands of people getting together, each with a special MP3 loaded up on their portable audio players, and then following the…

ImprovEverywhere Uses 700 Cameras to Make a Flash Wave Across the…

Click to viewImprovEverywhere has just released the photos and video from their latest event, The Camera Flash Experiment. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Brooklyn Bridge, they sent 700 people all along the it with cameras. When they all fired their flashes off in the same direction, it allowed them to make… » 5/30/08 12:12am 5/30/08 12:12am