I recently heard of a comedy troop called Improv Everywhere. What they do is go around in public and have these artificial scenes. They do have some that require just a few people, but I think the really good ones involve a large number of people. One example is they took something like 60 people into Best Buy dressed in Blue Polos and Khakis and then proceeded to freak the managers out. They have apparently been doing this for like 8 years and you’ll excuse me for being behind the times and just finding out about this but it is pure genius to me. In fact much of what they do resembles art in my eyes.
The whole thing makes me wish that there was someone doing this here in Madison. I think given that it is a smaller town we could make do with just 20-25 people per even (which would likely mean about 40 active members), but I think this would be rather difficult to set up considering I don’t know a lot of people (read none) who would likely do it with me. Plus I’d need to find a few people who have a decent video camera that wouldn’t mind taping (I’d tape too honestly). So if you live in the Madison area (even Milwaukee area as I think it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do it over there as well), then feel free to email me or leave a comment here and maybe if we get like enough people together we could do something sometime.
In the meantime I thought I’d leave you with what is probably my favorite of the Improv Everywhere skits… the megastore: